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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 37 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 4 Jan. 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004I3S41M
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The novel opens on Isla fleeing from her marriage which seems to have run its course. Immediately I was drawn to find Isla flighty, her displeasure seemed misdirected at her own frustrations having given up a career to raise children, rather than at her hard working husband. Back in her childhood haven at her Grandparents home of Marshwood Isla reflects on her time growing up there, in no small part due to the reappearance of her childhood friend and teenage crush, Jack.
As Isla explores the feelings she has had for Jack since puberty, the house gradually crumbles around her grandmother's ears. Her grandmother also reflects back on her life, missed opportunities and the man she married. The author clearly attempts to draw parallels between Isla and her Grandmother, and the fate of their one true love.
The writing is slightly more elegant than the usual chick lit, however is overly gushy in places and some of the emotions are expressed in an almost simplistic, childlike manner, leading the reader to believe this is not true love Isla is looking for, but movie love, with all the excitement and depth that comes with it.
The ending however was the biggest let down to the book, jilted and sudden, I could not see how suddenly this was the right path for Isla, as she had expressed little if any desire to go down this route.
Isla is an interesting character, although not from a lovable standpoint but a psychology one. Her desire to return to Marshwood with the children every weekend and holiday, with or without her husband, borders on obsessive, and by not moving on from this place she is resisting growing up and accepting the life she now has. Maybe the author is trying to present a more realistic character than the idealised versions of ourselves we see presented in most books, but unfortunately having such a disappointing main character lost my interest in the book.
"... Isla inhaled the sweet baby smell which still clung to her daughter, trailing her lips like a lover down the rose-petal softness of her arm, recognising in this painful, magical moment that glimpse of something greater than herself, when she rode her love for her children like the crest of a wave and the landscape of her existence was flooded with light..."
There is an even worse sex scene on p 220 that I couldn't even quote.
Aside from the dreadful style of writing, the characters are unlikeable and unbelievable. The gran is a horror and I don't know a grandmother who would try to mess up her grandchild's life in such a way. The plot is dull, uninspiring and predictable. The ending is meant to come as a surprise but it is totally obvious.
Clearly, I do not like this book whatsoever. However, there are other positive reviews out there so it might purely be a matter of taste. But if anybody shares my taste going by my other reviews, then they will certainly not enjoy what, in my opinion, is an embarrassing and dull novel.
I was expecting so much from the book - the blurb promised mystery in the enigmatic 'Marshwood' house, and I had envisioned something akin to 'Wuthering Heights', where the house plays an integral role in the development of the story. Instead, while it remained a key (but not integral) feature, what remained was a story of history repeating itself, a story of forbidden love in generations past and present.
The style of writing threatens at times to border Mills and Boon country and some descriptions of the more passionate scenes actually made me cringe. The characters are multi-faceted but not particularly likeable and I had figured the 'surprise' ending out long before it arrived.
The only thing I (sort of) liked was the concept of the present mirroring the past - in terms of love, life and war. Though even this was a little overstated at times.
I will not rehash the plot here, as it will either confirm what you already know or spoil what you are about to embark on, however there are no great surprises to be had, no great plot twists and no original takes on modern life. All I can really say is that it was predictable and more than a little disappointing.
This is a lovely chocolate-box of a novel: sweet, romantic and self-indulgent - the perfect comfort read. While it is not at all `literary' (and doesn't pretend to be), it is vivid and seamlessly-written with lucid and recognisable characters.
It is not quite flawless, and a seemingly-random dropping into the present tense at certain points felt awkward, but is ignorable. Personally, I felt Bella's story was far less interesting than Isla's and followed some quite well-trodden ground. But that's not a big problem in a book which is hugely enjoyable, and even the children who can sometimes appear as brats in books are completely adorable.
So overall this is a perfect curl-up-on-the sofa book, as relaxing and escapist as bubble-bath and champagne. Highly recommended for when you just want to forget the world and enjoy a good emotional wallow!
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