- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (14 Aug. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444777459
- ISBN-13: 978-1444777451
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mrs Sinclair's Suitcase Paperback – 14 Aug 2014
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A first novel of great charm and assurance, beautifully told and utterly gripping. (The Times)
A breathtaking, beautifully crafted tale of loves that survive secrets. (Kirkus)
A heart-breaking tale of loss, missed chances and enduring love. (Good Housekeeping)
Totally absorbing . . . Beautifully done and heartbreaking too. (Esther Freud, author of Hideous Kinky)
[a] charming debut... as appealing on the inside as its enticing jacket. (Daily Mail)
A heartbreaking debut novel about family secrets, soulmates and missed opportunities.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
Her father takes her a suitcase which belonged to his mother - now aged over one hundred and in a nursing home. Tucked into one of the books in the suitcase is a letter which will overturn everything Roberta knows about her grandmother.
I enjoyed this book and thought it was well written. I liked the intermingling of the two stories - that of Dorothea trying to make a life for herself during World War II and Roberta in the twenty first century trying to make sense of her own life. The author really brought the characters to life and I thought the love affairs were painted with a delicate hand and not overdone.
If you enjoy books which weave together past and present then try this one - it is subtle and understated and a very satisfying read. I look forward to reading more by this author.
Out of the two time frames I think I enjoyed reading Dorothy’s story, set during wartime the most. It was well-researched and beautifully written. I was completely absorbed with how Dorothy fell in love with Jan and I so wanted them to be together. I found the descriptions of wartime life to be realistic and had no trouble envisaging what was happening at this time and how difficult it would have been for those going through it.
The story took on so many twists and turns that I didn’t foresee what was going to happen until it actually did, so it was in no way predictable and I found the storyline completely absorbing.
I also really liked the way that snippets of the letters and cards that Roberta finds are included at the start of each chapter. I think it’s a nice touch when books include bits like this and it adds an extra something to the story. You almost feel more involved for reading these extra pieces.
I also have to mention the cover of Mrs Sinclair’s Suitcase. THE SPINES OF OLD BOOKS? It’s beautifully designed and I would want to read this purely on the cover alone. It’s just my kind of book as far as the cover & design are concerned. Perfect.
This is one corker of a debut novel from Louise Walters.Read more ›
There are two timeframes to this story and the second features Dorothea (or plain old Dorothy as she was originally known), who is struggling to make ends meet on a remote wartime farm after her husband Albert deserts her. After witnessing a fatal plane crash she falls in love with the dead pilot's senior officer, a Polish man called Jan, and so begins an intriguing story of thwarted love, dashed hopes, secrets and lies.
The writing in both timeframes is beautifully evocative with a melancholy undertone, particularly in the wartime thread; I really felt as though I was on that bleak Lincolnshire farm with Dorothea and her Land Girls. A thoroughly enjoyable read and a very impressive debut novel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a beautiful book. I devoured it in three days. I'm a huge fan of letters as a storytelling device, and adore stories where past and present merge, especially when it is so... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Louise Beech
The story/stories had promise but unfortunately the book lacks any depth so one is left with page after page of cliches. Read morePublished 5 months ago by RCM888
It's another of those stories about a letter and things found by someone
generations later, and the mystery that unfolds. Read more
This apparently is the author's first book so I do hope she'll go on to write more. I shalln't repeat the storyline as others have done it before me but I just wanted to comment... Read morePublished 8 months ago by janemarion
This is a charming read, showing the repercussions of a war romance between an unhappily married English girl, Dorothy, and her handsome Polish airman, Jan Pietrykowski. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Petch
Louise Walters has brought to life a charming story about a young woman who stumbles upon a secret letter in a suitcase that takes her on a emotional discovery of love during the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Christine Williams