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Constance
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on 29 June 2008
This is the first Rosie Thomas book I have read and I loved it once I got into it. That, for me, is the only criticism. Since finishing `Constance', I have started reading `Iris and Ruby' and was hooked after the first few pages. Reading `Constance', it took almost 60 pages to achieve the same effect.

After the prologue, which sets the scene for the story that follows - of a foundling, and how she finally comes to terms with her unconventional start in life - the scene switches to Bali where Connie has made her home. It is here that I felt the story dragged. There is much detail about filming a commercial for which Connie has written the music and, while this serves to introduce certain characters who play a minor role later in the book, there are several who never feature again. I found it not all that interesting and too drawn out.

But once the story switches to Connie's life in her adoptive family, I became intrigued about what would follow and how she progressed from abandoned baby to successful career woman. It seems as if the only person in the family who loves her is Tony, her adoptive father, and when he dies she is lost. Later, when Connie falls in love it is with a man who is not free to be hers. It is no wonder she is restless, with no real sense of her identity.

Her relationship with her deaf sister, Jeanette, is portrayed sensitively and realistically - the tensions that vibrate between the two are almost tangible. Events build to a point where they do not communicate. When Connie hears that Jeanette is dying of cancer, she rushes back from Bali to be at her side - to say more would reveal details that would spoil the story, which is told as a series of flashbacks interwoven with the present, and from several viewpoints. This works well and helps add to the anticipation.

It's not the best book I've read recently, but it is a satisfying well-written story if you like to read about relationships and how they affect the people involved. It would be perfect to take on holiday, as it's an easy read and long enough to retain the interest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2012
An easy read, the storyline is well written, strong not too complex. The Rosie Thomas style brings the characters to life, you will then become engrossed in who they are and their progress..... I did quickly realise where it would all end...It's not the ending but the journey through the lives of the characters which is fascinating!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 July 2009
Interesting book!
Almost put it down after the first 50 pages but was bored babysitting so I decided to persevere. So glad now that I did. In the first few pages, I felt the description of the life in Bali was too long and at some point it felt as if I was reading something I had not signed up for. She tried to describe what Connie's life in Bali was like... tried too hard at the wrong time in my opinion, a few paragraphs would have had the same effect as it was the beginning of the book. Apart from that, the story flowed very well in my opinion. I was also desperately hoping it would have the ending I would enjoy.
All in all, a great novel told with realism, soft humour and at a steady pace.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2014
This book was a slow starter and the opening chapters dragged a little. However it was well written and the main characters were interesting. Rosie Thomas deals with 'sensitive' relationships very well and it was an intriguing read - not too 'heavy' and captivating enough to want to know how it all ended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 March 2013
Loved every second of it, finished it in record time as couldn't put it down. Have read 3 of Rosie Thomas's books now & can't wait to read more
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2014
An excellent account of difficult relationships made to work with the Rosie Thomas geography and culture lesson providing a colourful backdrop.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 January 2014
Rosie Thomas describes nature and sets scenes with incredible detail and weaves her themes of complex relationships with great empathy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 September 2014
A weak story line and drawn- out ending; I have not found any of her books nearly as satisfying as "The Kashmir Shawl"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 March 2013
But would prefer not to have to do these reviews. Most of her books are good,could have done more on her parentage.
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on 29 December 2012
Have given it 4 star as I have just started reading it today and it looks interesting, Ido enjoy her books,
she is a first class writer and her stories are original. I am sure I will enjoy the book.I have now finished
the book, as always it was very good and entertaining, typical of Rosie Thomas, need I say more? Buy it
and enjoy it!
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