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Gripping, Compelling & Highly Intelligent read,
This review is from: The Poet's Wife (Hardcover)
The Poet's Wife by Judith Allnatt is a lyrical, visual novel, the physical description of the countryside and seasons reflects and embellishes the emotions of the characters and their experiences.
Judith's tender, empathetic portrayal of Patty as a young girl and through her life's journey into courtship, pregnancy, marriage and motherhood is gripping and absolutely engaging. I felt her mood, response, reaction and loved her outspoken replies to some of the hurt inflicted on her by her husband, John Clare.
I was at the book launch in the library in Northampton and enjoyed Judith's reading of selected extracts from the book enormously. As I have come to read them myself they are improved and amplified by my recollection of the writer's poetic voice reading her own words. It is a superb portrayal of Patty's heart and the suffering and love she bore.
The description of John's episodes of psychosis and distraction are brilliant and his creative journey so fascinating.
As in Judith's first novel " A Mile of River" this is a superb, gripping, compelling and highly intelligent read.