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A real page turner,
This review is from: Days of Grace (Paperback)
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A real page turner
A few nights before the start of the Easter break, I picked this book up in the mistaken belief that it would help me to fall asleep. Grave error! Five chapters in, and I was totally engrossed! I had to force myself to put it down, as I had to teach the following morning. Not only was the plot engrossing, but also the descriptions were incredibly vivid - particularly the description of Nora's first Sunday lunch at the rectory, which honestly made my mouth water as I read it!
Two plots and two different time periods run concurrently in this intriguing book, as we meet its heroine, Nora, at two very different periods in her life; one near the beginning and the other, close to the end.
The first plot focuses on her as she enters her teens and follows her through the next five years of her life. As a 12 year old, she is evacuated from London to Kent to escape the bombings; where she is adopted by a vicarage family, becoming a sister to their daughter, Grace, who is only five days younger than her. Secrets and mysteries surround the quiet vicarage where the girls grow up together, exploring the hidden pool and the rest of the area around where they live.
The second plot features Nora at the end of her life. Dying of cancer, she `adopts' a young 18/19 year old, Rose, and her newborn daughter after acting as a midwife during the birth of the child when Rose was living in a bedsit in the house opposite. Given the opportunity to name the child, Nora calls her `Grace' after her childhood friend.
Why the urge to do all this? All becomes clear as we reach the end of this extremely gripping novel.
Another great book for the beach during your summer holidays! Enjoy it! I did!