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THE NIGHT RAINBOW
, 6 Oct. 2013
This review is from: The Night Rainbow (Kindle Edition)
A truly delightful page turning read. Slowly chapter by chapter the story unfolds. Pregnant mother, distressed. Father dead and two young children left to their own devices. As I read on it seemed strange that Pea, the eldest, was always deferring to the younger sister, Margot.
The descriptive countryside passages are brought alive and the animals and insects are there for us to see. The night rainbow is wonderful. Gradually, as mother's depression becomes clear you become worried for the children and are pleased to see Claude looking out for them. The fruit throwing at the hated tractor is particularly vivid. Then we discover that perhaps Pea is not Amaury's daughter. It there a clue in the old photograph in the biscuit box?
The author writes with an understanding of the wonders and fears of childhood and we are given superb light and lively passages combined with sad and worrying ones. Merlin's death is heartbreaking and at times I feared for Maman's state of mind and how she and Pea will cope in a crisis.
I am thrilled to have found an author, new to me, to follow and enjoy in the future. I am looking forward to Claire King's next publication
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