- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Honno Welsh Women's Press (19 Feb. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1909983209
- ISBN-13: 978-1909983205
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.6 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 396,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Motherlove Paperback – 19 Feb 2015
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About the Author
Thorne Moore is a formerlibrary assistant, a former restauranteur, a history teacher, and the owner of the craft business, Pear Tree Miniatures."
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Where do I start? I suppose, firstly, I should say how much I admired the author’s style of writing: the pace is fast but steady, moving seamlessly from one scene to the next. The language, the metaphors, the clever mix of sentence lengths, all draw out the tension of this heart-breaking story. And keep the reader gripped and having empathy for each of the characters
My favourite genres are family sagas and thrillers/ mystery novels. Motherlove is contemporary fiction but holds both these genres within its pages, together with a psychological theme cleverly woven throughout. The title says it all; there are many ways to be a mother, a myriad of ways to show the love that comes with that label. I think this novel reveals the diversity of those ways.
Best of all, for me, the story is written from various points of views, each chapter, subtly and gradually revealing each of the characters; three mothers and two daughters, whose lives are initially inexplicably linked by a dreadful incident in the past.
An incident I won’t reveal here; I don’t like giving spoils in my reviews. And, anyway, the reader is plunged in straight from the beginning, so why spoil things?
But I can speak, briefly, from a constructive criticism point of view.
The intricate plot is skilfully threaded with a number of sub-plots, all intriguing, all necessary to the story..
The descriptions of the settings, from rural Wales to the streets and buildings of a run-down town to a soulless council estate, are subtly drawn and provide a poignant backdrop throughout the two decades that the book travels through, and reveals the social and cultural milieu of these eras.
The characters are strongly drawn to elicit emotions in the reader; from sympathy to fear, to distress, to hatred, to horror, to empathetic understanding.
Both the internal and spoken dialogue cleverly reveals each character, with their different nuances. There is never any doubt whose perspective we are reading.
Anyone who has read Thorne Moore’s first novel A Time For Silence and have been waiting with anticipation for her next, won’t be disappointed; Motherlove is a brilliant successor and if I could give more than five stars for this novel, I would.
I don’t only want to recommend Motherlove; I urge all those who enjoy excellent contemporary fiction to find a copy of this novel. And submerge themselves in it.
Another triumph of contemporary fiction - a genre I usually shun, but now I am hooked on it. When can we expect your third?
I love the writing style! It’s bold, fast-paced and there’s just enough detail to allow the reader to become easily immersed in the characters’ lives. The dual time and multiple perspectives format is easy to follow and, like her first book (A Time for Silence) I was engrossed from beginning to end… and it kept me thinking for a long while afterwards.
Definitely worth reading!
Highly recommend these books.
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