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Ninepins by [Thornton, Rosy]
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About the Author

Rosy Thornton is the author of four previous novels: More Than Love Letters (2007), Hearts and Minds (2008), Crossed Wires (2009) and The Tapestry of Love (2010). In addition to writing fiction, she lectures in law at the University of Cambridge, where she is a Fellow of Emmanuel College. Married with two daughters, she lives in a village in the Cambridgeshire fens.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 774 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Sandstone Press (19 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007VZC8ZC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #169,293 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ninepins certainly has an air of mystery and tension throughout, although the ending left me with an anticlimactic feeling of "is that it"? Set in the Fens it is told from the point of view of Laura, a thirty something divorcee with a daughter who suffers from asthma. I found it unbelievable that if you had a child with asthma, you would choose to live in the Fens, there are other universities in healthier parts of the country.

Also unbelievable was that a 17 year old child coming out of care would be allowed to rent a disused pumphouse with a damp problem and live there on her own.

The main drama in the story comes from the relationships between Laura, Beth, Willow, Simon (Laura's ex husband and Beth's father) and Willow's mother. Vince the social worker is worked into the mix from time to time, but this is primarily a story of female relationships, mothers, daughters and friends. Maybe I should have read the description more carefully, not having had children of my own, I found the relationship dramas somewhat tiresome.

An undemanding read.
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This book has a wonderful sense of place; is well written with excellent descriptions of the Cambrigeshire fens. However the characters are rather uninteresting, as is the plot. Willow was, for me, the most memorable character but her story didn't quite ring true. Very little happens and the ending is predictable and anticlimactic. Having said that, the story held my interest enough for me to persist until the end. I would read more from this author as I enjoyed the writing but hope for something less mundane.
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I have read all of Rosy Thornton's books and one of my favourites was her last book Tapestry of Love. I was looking forward to her new book with its particularly enticing cover. Ninepins tells the story of Laura who lives with her 12 year old daughter Beth at an old Tollhouse known as Ninepins. The pump house is an extra source of income for her so she rents it out to 17 year old Willow. What she isn't prepared for is the change to her orderly life that Willow will bring. From early on Rosy takes us on the beautifully descriptive ride through the Cambridgeshire Fens. What I love about her books is that they are so easy to read yet so descriptive; you could almost be sitting there looking down over Laura's house and life. Laura is a somewhat neurotic mother and with Willow on the scene we start to see changes with both Beth and their lives in general as Willow becomes more ingrained in their day to day lives. Willow was a really interesting character and there was a certain sense of mystery to her and her past life.

The story caught me very early on and there is a certain element of something dark and sinister that surrounds the story. Willow has a man named Vince from Social Services who wants the best for Willow. Laura isn't sure whether Willow is a damaged and vulnerable young woman, or somebody who has become a danger to herself and others through her past secrets surrounding her mother. The story was something of a mystery to me in one respect, but in another it made perfect sense. Yes, I know, sometimes I don't make sense even in my own head! There are certain events that take place which set to shock the reader, and I especially didn't like one event which puts Beth in danger!
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Well written and observed but a bit slow for me. I couldn't really believe in the storyline although I liked the characters. It USA nice book for an easy going read on a relaxing holiday, maybe.
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The story line is different. I had to read well into the book before the story becaming absorbing. A slow start but worth the 99p I paid for it.
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By Beadyjan TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 April 2012
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This is a lovely read, quite difficult to categorize in a way, its a gentle romance but not slushy or sleazy in any way. It's character driven and the characters are extremely well drawn and realistic. There is a subtle tension which runs through it although I wouldn't class it as a thriller as such but there is certainly an air of suspense which builds throughout the unfolding story and the wonderful bleak, misty and menacing setting of the Cambridgeshire Fens, is so well painted that I felt I'd just spent some time there despite never having set foot in that area in my life!

Mostly this is a story about motherhood, womanhood, female relationships and adapting to change and will appeal to a wide range of readers although especially Mums with teenage daughters.
The Mum in the story, Laura, is a divorced single Mother to Beth, 12 years old, who is riddled with pre teen angst, puberty and asthma. Her struggles to fit in, avoid being bullied and attempts to be one of the in crowd, mirror her Mums struggles to say and do the right things to her daughter and often end up making cringingly awful yet minor mistakes which alienate rather than support.
It took me right back to my early teen years!

Into their lives floats Willow, a teenager in care with a bit of a past at 17 young enough to be a friend to Beth, but will her influence be a good one and when she becomes a tenant of the small pump house cottage owned by Laura bringing her social worker Vince, and her own teenage insecurities into their lives what repercussions will this have.
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