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I was given this copy of the Red Oak by the author in return for a honest review. I am happy to say that it was worth the five stars that I gave it, plus I found a new author to read.
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I really liked The Red Oak & I'm glad that I read it. I've also read 2 other books by Mr Colley: This Time Tomorrow (the first in the Searight Saga) & The Sixth Man (a standalone novel). l enjoyed them quite a lot, though I am very sensitive and struggled with the graphic descriptions. In both cases, I totally understood how those segments contributed to the storylines and I thought they were really well-written. I haven't read The Unforgiving Sea (book 2 in the Searight Saga) because, knowing it's the story of Robert becoming the sole survivor of 10 men who get stranded on a lifeboat after the sinking of their ship, I am afraid it will be too graphic for me, but I wish I was able to because I'm sure it would've given me insight and perspective regarding Robert and his relationship with Tom. As it is, without having read Robert's story, I think Mr Colley did a wonderful job writing The Red Oak in a way that I was able to get a sense for Robert & Tom's relationship, and consequently a better understanding of Tom's personality, attitudes, views and emotions.
I've read the term "growler" in reviews of other books & interpreted that to mean that the reader was at first somewhat detached, then partway through the story, they got attached and became engrossed in it. I think that would be a good way to describe my experience with this book: at first, I felt like I was just being told a really good story; then when I was a little way into it, it fully grabbed me and I felt like I knew the characters & was hearing about their lives and their feelings and their realities. In general, I felt like I got to know the family and came to care about the outcomes in their relationships. All-in-all, I believe this novel (and the trilogy on a whole) has a lot of merit; it made me think & feel. And I especially love how this story that began with Guy Searight in the first World War continues through the generations into contemporary times.
I'm looking forward, now, to reading a couple more books by Mr Colley and I'm sure they will not disappoint!
Once he retrieves the diary during a visit to France (an escape as well as eagerness to get the diary), he reads the memoirs of a beloved uncle during World War I. Amazingly, much of the story mirrors his own and clarifies his situation. His daughter’s severe distress over her situation pulls him quickly back to retake charge—and to help others in the family heal along with him.
Once again Mr. Colley’s astounding portrayal of people’s basic needs, expressed in barely controlled or uncontrolled emotions, creates a deeply memorable story. I am honored to read it and to recommend it!
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