Like the majority of reviewers, I thoroughly enjoyed Lavender Road. It isn't generally the kind of book I read, but having lived just off Lavender Hill, with my grandparents in Thirsk Road in the mid-50s I was attracted to the setting.
It more than lived up to my hopes, and brought back vivid memories of Clapham Common, Clapham Junction, Arding and Hobbs, all landmarks of my childhood.
Most of all it was the characters that I really enjoyed, and the way that war changed them and their lives. Social barriers fell, new friendships were born and kindness and support came from unlikely people as the people of south London united against the common enemy - Hitler… Read more
It’s a love story with a difference, between an older man, a married poet, and the young girl who loves him. Their romance is the theme that drives the narrative of living in Russia under sinister, playful, generous, treacherous, unpredictable Stalin. A country where everybody lives in fear, from the lowest to the highest in the land; nobody is assured of safety.
A knock on the door in the early hours of the morning; a black car halting outside the house; people vanishing; famine and disease nobody dared to mention. The atmosphere is tangible and has obviously been meticulously researched by the author. Although it’s a… Read more
Unhesitatingly five stars. A truly wonderful, thought-provoking and heart-warming read. It's a love story, but not a conventional one, about the uncompromising love of a single mother for her beautiful but learning-challenged daughter.
Isabel has sacrified all her own opportunities for romance, always putting Jaya's welfare first. Now that naive and wilful Jaya is 19, she just wants to get married and have babies. She's beginning to get out of control, her heart set on marriage and motherhood, unaware of the consequences of her actions.
The beautifully drawn and totally convincing characters take it in turns to tell their side of the story.