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5.0 out of 5 stars YOU'LL LOSE YOUR HEART TO THIS ONE!, 3 Feb 2014
Greggorio! (Amazing Australia) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Tailor's Girl (Kindle Edition)
Fiona McIntosh has long been considered one of Australia's pre-eminent novelists. With her recent forays into crime fiction and now contemporary literature, combined with her incredible back log of speculative fiction, she has elevated her standing to one of the world's elite. Her latest release - THE TAILOR'S DAUGHTER - is ample proof of this claim.

Set just after the end of the first world war in London, the book tells of a modern day love triangle featuring the amnesia-struck war hero Mr Jones, his new friend (and the stunningly beautiful) Miss Edie Valentine and entering from stage left, at the end of chapter two, we have the petite and equally delightful Miss Aubrey-Finch.

Naturally the three characters all have major roles to play in this story. The details and little touches of descriptive prose which make up this glorious epic enhance the story telling no end. For example, early in the book, references to the gas heating found in the living room of the Valentine residence spring to mind and the way it was described by Ms McIntosh added volumes to the atmosphere of the scene in question. It becomes apparent early in the book that our war torn hero is love struck by Edie but as she is promised already to her child hood sweetheart, one is almost too frightened to think of what might happen in this regard.

The book is structured brilliantly. Cliff hanger follows cliff hanger follows cliff hanger and it reads like an epic fantasy (of the heart) where every so often the reader is shocked into submission by events which the reader simply wont want to believe. But you read on. Of course. Characterisation, naturally, is flawless. There is little to no humour in the book - but with all the ups and downs and tragic events, humour would seem out of place.

So in summary, this book is an awesome purchase, and comes highly recommended not just to Fiona fans, but to anyone who loves to read and be entertained. Buy it, read it, and you will love it. I promise.

BFN, Greggorio!!!
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