- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 695 KB
- Print Length: 330 pages
- Publisher: Woodsmoke Press (16 Jan. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A7WDRBA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #209,883 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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We all have secrets and some are carried to the grave, but some leave small ripples that have to be traced to the source as the origin may be different to what has been presumed......
A lovely, lovely book full of good nature and poignancy. A big 5* from me
The story moves in a very gentle way, the mystery is revealed gradually and deepens as the tale goes on, so by the end of it you really are hooked, wanting to know the truth, as much as Leonard.
Leonard himself is a wonderful character - a genuinely nice man who is very normal and the author has portrayed him in a very realistic way, we see his good points and his bad points. We soon get to really care about him as it his very normalness that is so appealing to the reader - he could be anybody's father, husband or brother.
The writing is wonderful and in particular the author has done a fantastic job of describing the loneliness of a widower living on his own after years of happy marriage. Just a simple sentence, such as pointing out the single set of crockery and cutlery on the draining board is enough to set the scene of Leonard's existence. It is a very poignant, moving story, but not all doom and gloom - there are some nice gentle humorous moments in there as well. Highly recommended.
Robyn's true strength is in her portrayal of relationships, particularly parent and child relationships. Here there are very different relationships between Leonard and Rose and their daughter, and their own parents, and their grandchildren:
In the morning they go to a park with a lake in the middle and an impressive playground. The boys swing on their swings for as long as the adults can bear to push them. After half an hour of continuous swinging, Leonard wonders if they would ever get tired of it. He sees them in his mind's eye with a huge back-up team of adult pushers to launch and re-launch them into the air twenty-four hours a day. They'll eat and drink on them, learn their times tables, sleep on them, grow out of their tiny trousers and into bigger and bigger ones, holding mini-TVs in their laps, chatting with friends who jump onto the swings beside them. 'The Amazing Swinging Twins!' the papers will announce, and psychologists and film-makers will come from far and wide to analyse them and film them as they swing.Read more ›
Other reviewers have already described the plot, so there's no point me doing the same. All I will say is that those reviews are well deserved. If Fiona Robyn's book is new to you, you're in for a treat.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My book of the year without a doubt. I enjoyed every page, couldn't put it down and didn't want it to finish. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Pamela Fudge
I really loved reading this book. It a very gentle read and has no real revelations but for any one in later age is very enjoyable.Published 12 months ago by deanna
This is a charming book, well written with a gentle mystery story. I became very fond of the main character who set out to discover things he did not know about his late... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Elena47
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