I thoroughlyenjoyed this book. The description of scene and character are comfortable and comforting, lovely places, lovely lives, rites of passage. It even made me cry, a touching insight into mother and daughter relationships. When I started reading, I arrogantly thought that it didn't follow the conventions of novel writing and wasn't fast paced enough, but soon realised how refreshing this was. It comes to life beautifully. I liked how the author almost discussed this dilemma at the end, clever structure and interesting range of narrative voices. A great book.
A delightful and very readable novel about the transition from childhood to preteen first love. Many readers will quickly identify with and believe in the young Martha, happier with her own thoughts and bookish interests than with her less cerebral but more popular schoolgirl contemporaries, and her jolly, loving and supportive family, busy enjoying their annual holiday in Cornwall. Caroline Williams is absolutely at home with this background and writes with great affection and confidence, drawing us in so that we savour the days on the beach and the family games and squabbles which form the backdrop to Martha's intoxicating discovery of a kindred spirit in the shape of the boy next door.
The book becomes like a holiday one doesn't want to end, and is a light, happy, absorbing read.
Thoroughlyenjoyed reading this novel. Not only is it very well written ,but it manages to explore both the normality and complexity of family life and the relationships within it. As a mum with a teenaged daughter I was able to relate to it on so many different levels. It also makes you feel that you are having a holiday yourself, so evocative are the scenes described. Having passed it on to my fourteen year old daughter I wondered if she would lose interest, as she normally loves action and adventure stories. But she finished it in a matter of days and we have had several discussions about the characters and the parts we best enjoyed. I think it's helped us both see things from each other's perspective better.
In the recent bleak weather with sea stirred i was transported to cornwall and to the seaside. I thoroughlyenjoyed this read it really took me in. One minute the flush of first love and reminiscing the next i am on the flip side wondering how i will feel when this is my own stepdaughter in a few years time! This is a tale of love, family and finding yourself and it kept me interested and eager till the end. Id like a second one now to find out what happens :)