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Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down and read it in the space of a busy weekend, as I was immediately caught up in the plight of the gentle, unselfpitying, sensible and fair-minded heroine as she tried to make sense of her subsequent life. The portrayal of all the characters, including the widowed father (I've been widowed too), was realistic and thoughtful. I could easily picture myself in her footsteps as she went through school and university and into adulthood.
The book doesn't preach or propose ways of coping - it simply provides a portrait of a girl handling what life deals her to the best of her ability, and finding her own route to peace and comfort, which is neither the cliched nor predictable. It doesn't underestimate the need for strength of character required to endure bereavement, nor does it idealise the circumstances or the outcome, but it did for me at least provide a comforting feeling that the girl's mother and the values and love that she instilled in her remain with her lifelong and give her strength. It also demonstrates that comfort
All in all, a touching and memorable book, and I'm looking forward to reading Katharine E Smith's other novel. May there be many more!
A good book for anyone interested in the family dynamics in bereaved and blended families, and of anyone who loves St Ives, which features strongly towards the end of the novel.
Beginning the book is like joining a conversation a little late- but that's no bad thing- it really amps up the need to know what is going on... and you may think you know where its going- but you're probably going to be surprised and vindicated in equal measure!
I have cried, laughed and raged at characters in this book!
It's an emotional roller-coaster- Buy it if you can handle that!
I have no hesitation in recommending this book to anyone looking for a great read.
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