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Biscuits and Wee: Volume 1 (The Lost Boys Quartet) Paperback – 14 Nov 2013
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About the Author
Allie Cresswell was born in Stockport, UK and began writing fiction as soon as she could hold a pencil. She did a BA in English Literature at Birmingham University and an MA at Queen Mary College, London. She has been a print-buyer, a pub landlady, a book-keeper, run a B & B and a group of boutique holiday cottages. Nowadays Allie writes full time having retired from teaching literature to lifelong learners. She has two grown-up children, is married to Tim and lives in Cumbria. You can contact her via her website at www.allie-cresswell.com
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I'm reading this series out of order, something that I'd recommend. I think I would have got less out of the experience if I'd done it the right way round.
I would definitely recommend this.
The ending was very touching. However, despite the excellent characterization, I felt stuck at times, with a good deal of the book presenting me with long, drawn-out paragraphs that seemed to go on and on with description. Was it necessary? I felt like that could have been done a little differently, because it made those parts more difficult to read; it was too easy to come out of the story and then feel a little lost when I came back to it. The style of writing made the book a less than enjoyable read for me. If some parts were formatted differently, the story would have flowed better. Not that it was painful to read. The book was enjoyable, emotional, and yes, it made me care for these characters that Allie Creswell created.
Ms Cresswell started writing stories when she could hold a pencil and it shows. Spotless prose, effortlessly smooth character introductions, and a sometimes chatty, often jocular and surprisingly deep and consistent voice dominate this first part of what promises to be a very readable Lost Boys Quartet.
Though I am not in my 80s and about to be moved into a "home" by a bossy, well-meaning daughter, the opening of the book chilled me with its crisp, truthful revelations. The story continues with an easy unfolding of the backgrounds of the people close to the protagonist. It goes on to...Well, I won't give away the subtle though occasionally unforeseen, and sometimes deliciously predictable turn of events in this short novel.
The pleasantly dominating author presence reminds me of connected short stories by Alice Munro. This woman has great talent. I look forward to reading all of The Lost Boys Quartet.
On a slightly negative note, the dense, heavily punctuated writing on the first page turned me off, but the book quickly leaves the first paragraph behind.
Concerning the visual strength of descriptions, the book has the feel of a great movie: The War Brides: From Romance to Reality.
I'm usually a fast reader but this time I had to slow down so as not to miss a single word.
The book is very descriptive, which I love! The sentences are thought through and beautifully written.
The characters are interesting and well developed.
Biscuits and Wee is very well written and highly recommended!
Why then a 3 star rating? I felt that the figures of speech and internal reflections were too frequent. Also, as a mature man who mostly enjoys faster-paced historical fiction and well-told science fiction, this story was outside my usual reading. Nevertheless, although a little predictable, Biscuits and Wee gently led me through the pains and anxieties of placement in a senior home.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.