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Another fabulous read from Marika Cobbold,
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This review is from: Shooting Butterflies (Paperback)
I'm stunned there aren't at least a thousand five star reviews for any of Marika Cobbold's books. 'Frozen Music' took my breath away with it's freshness and idiosyncratic characters (the mother who, when widowed, stayed in bed and simply ate because now she could will remain one of my favourite supporting characters of a book for all time)and 'Shooting Butterflies' didn't disappoint.
I love the way Marika's female main characters are always so forthright, so un-daintily feminine and so much more than the usual drippy rom-commy females we generally see in women's contemporary fiction. They say what they think, think what they like and are never drawn in a syrupy-'love me do' fashion. These are real women, and as such I identified so well with Grace Shield, the heroine of this story. She had rubbish things happen to her but she got on with it. She seemed to have hardened corners but her character was the better drawn for it and more identifiable because of them. I found myself many times believing that I was actually Grace and this doesn't happen very often with books I read. Usually I am outside looking in; with Shooting Butterflies I 'got' everything Grace was going through.
If I ever write anything half as good as any of Marika's books then I shall die knowing I did well.