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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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This book has letters, a mystery in the form of a family secret and a bookshop; everything I love reading about! There are intrigues in the present, relationships both familial and romantic, an unfurling of a cold heart with the background of the war to add urgency to every moment.
Although at first I didn’t warm to either Dorothy or Roberta their stories soon wormed their way under my skin and I fell in love with both stories, past and present, willing the two women on to find happiness.
There is much to enjoy in this debut novel, the settings described to perfection, I could easily picture the little cottage, the bookshop which I ached to visit, as well as clearly understanding why Dorothy stood apart from her fellow villagers thereby becoming a main source of their gossip. A book with a lot of charm to sweeten a tale of love and loss.
I received my copy of Mrs Sinclair's Suitcase from Lovereading.co.uk as I am part of their review panel.
The story is told over a dual timeline. We are introduced to present day Roberta who is given a suitcase containing books and letters belonging to her grandmother. We are then taken back in time to Word War Two and the life of Dorothea, Roberta's Grandmother "Babunia".
The story begins with a letter to Dorothea from her beloved Jan. We gradually learn the history leading up to why this particular letter was written. This is the letter that Roberta finds on opening her Grandmother's suitcase which poses some big questions about Dorothy's past.
As stated above the story is told in dual narrative and in this case it works well. I liked the lyrical writing and the story unfolded beautifully. All the characters were well rounded and drew me into their world. A story of love, loss, tragedy and friendship, even from the most unexpected corner. A great debut novel. I look forward to Ms Walters next book.
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