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this winning story of misplaced passion showcases the author's budding historical sensibilities (INDEPENDENT)
Touching prose and passion make this romance a must-read (BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH) --This text refers to the Digital Download edition.
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I really like the style in which Katherine McMahon writes. She writes clearly, drawing the reader quickly and deeply into her characters. I feel I have lived with Ruth and the Mayrick family at Westwich for the past few weeks and have cried alongside Helen in her sad bereavement and all that follows. The descriptions of people, places and situations are just superb. I especially like the way the author alternates between past and present and Katherine makes it quite clear whom we are following
To sum up: Footsteps is a beautiful, emotional and poignant love story which will not disappoint Katherine McMahon's readers. I count her now as one of my favourite authors and intend to read all her books. I am passing Footsteps onto my daughter so that she too may envelope herself in this beautiful story.
Set in two different time periods: the Edwardian past and the near present, the novel explores the connection between two families and the repercussions of love and loss in both time frames. The novel is beautifully written, especially the Edwardian parts, and gives you a real sense of time and place.
After reading the novel, at a fast pace (plenty of night time reads that left me puffy-eyed in the morning!), my first instinct was to re-read it in order to make more connections between the two plots. It made me think that the past has the power to shape our futures more than we realise.
I can't wait for her next novel. McMahon is a modern Anya Seton.
Ruth Styles is the lynchpin to the whole novel and the most intriguing and devastating character, to whom all else somehow relates. She grows up by the sea in Suffolk, in a small village, and it is this place which shapes much of the lives of those involved. Young Ruth is intelligent, bright, and sparky, and has a profound and lasting effect on many around her, most noteably on Donaldson, the photographer who comes to Westwich and so begins his lifelong fascination with Ruth. As a reader, I was intensely curious and compelled to read on and find out what would happen to her, and so much does!
There is a marvelous sense of place within the novel, and it is clear the bearing the proximity of the sea has on several of the characters. The book is about the repercussions of the past; about love, forbidden love, lost love, unfulfilled love; it is about the draw of a particular landscape and how it can free or restrict a person, and it is about choices and fulfillment of potential, especially for women, which is a key theme of this author.
While it is fashionable to write "Past" and "Present" plots side by side nowadays, I felt that the author switched the reader too quickly between them at the beginning. No sooner had I begun to grasp the family members of one when I was whisked away to another set of people and another age and had to keep referring back to the front of the book where there were the lists of the "past" and "Present" persons. I would have preferred the information about the different generations of the families clearly set out in "Family Tree" format.
By the time Julia's mother died, the story started to move along a bit faster, and slowly but surely some answers were forthcoming at last. But did we have to wait so long?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Following the death of Helena's husband in an unexpected accident, Helena receives a letter inviting her to help in a biography of Donaldson - a voice from the past. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Deborah Swift
this book arrived quickly and is in excellent condition; I look forward to reading it and am fairly confident the 5 star rating will be appropriate!Published on 28 Jan. 2014 by Joan Macadie
Liked this book but it was depressing in some parts and I wanted it to move along a bit more.Published on 2 April 2013 by Babs
Katharine McMahon has largely made her name with straightforward historical novels. However, her second and third novels experimented with dual time - a woman in the present... Read morePublished on 4 Mar. 2013 by Kate Hopkins
as with other Katherine McMahon book this was for my neighbour. she was pleased to receive book very quick, thankyouPublished on 20 Jan. 2013 by angela beckley
This is the story of two families and their lives in the present day and the past. Unrequited love, unfaltering loyalty and the complicated relationships of family members are the... Read morePublished on 20 July 2011 by Rebecca
I chose this book as the synopsis described a good idea for a story and the cover fitted with this mental image I had for the characters. Read morePublished on 14 May 2011 by Lu
If Joanna was Giles and Ruths child page 300 then James was not Joannas half brother but her uncle. If Michael is Simons grandson (front chart) then he is not his son page 303. Read morePublished on 18 April 2011 by linda
I enjoyed this book but did find it hard-going and rather slow at times. Saying that the story is well written and compelling in places. Read morePublished on 9 Mar. 2011 by J. Leckie