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- Print Length: 332 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00G4401G4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #290,233 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The tale we hear is about Iris who is a storyteller, her daughter Vivie, and Matthew, who was Vivie's childhood friend. All 3 take turns to tell their story, about how Iris has a mental breakdown and how her and Vivie become separated when Vivie was very young. The three stories end up linked together in a staggeringly beautiful finish that had me blubbing but at the same time filled me with joy. The book examines what it's like to live with someone who is suffering from a mental illness and the effects it has on everyone involved. The author makes us realise how important it is to tell each other what we are thinking and to not hide our feelings away from those we care about. I loved the symbolism of the tree all the way through this book and of how deep the story roots go. Also, I thought it was very clever to link the 3 main characters' chapters with fairy tales that are delightfully told.
Angela Young is definitely an author to look out for. More please, Angela!
Speaking of Love is divided into three narrative strands, Iris's Story; Vivie's Story; Matthew's Story. At first I thought this was overkill, and did get a little confused - surely we don't need all three voices? How wrong I was. They are distinct personas, and Young cleverly presents Vivie in the third person, alongside Iris and Matthew in the first person, so little overlap occurs. No character has more than a few pages at any one time, and they always took up the narrative again at exactly the moment I was thinking "Hmm, we haven't heard from Iris/Vivie/Matthew in a while, I hope they're next".
Iris is, appropriately enough, a storyteller - though one who has suffered destructive illness - and is heading towards a storytellers' festival. Vivie, her daughter, hasn't seen her for years, and is suffering her own personal crises. Matthew, Vivie's childhood friend, is also off to the festival, with his father, to hear Iris. As these characters and their relationships are explored, so too are their shared and separate pasts - pieces of the puzzle are continually proferred, though never in such a way as they feel incongruous in the narrative.Read more ›
This is an ambitious first novel, and to be honest I wasn't entirely sure that Young quite pulled it off.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is very well written with many story's to keep you engaged, I would recommend this to anyone who likes a romantic yet heart felt story !!!Published 13 months ago by Megz
A clever well written book which allows you to see your own deficiencies through the telling of a wonderfully poignant story. I thoroughly recommend this book.Published on 6 April 2014 by Ali
Incredibly sensitive and beautifully written I can't praise Speaking Of Love enough. Angela Young has not only told a wonderfully engaging story but taken a subject that many... Read morePublished on 25 Feb. 2014 by Danny
"When you know that love exists but it isn't spoken about...it can be very hard to bear."
Speaking of Love tells the story of Iris, a damaged woman suffering with... Read more
When the book starts we are introduced to Iris, who is taking part at a story telling Festival in Wales. Read morePublished on 9 Nov. 2013 by Elaine Simpson-long
Angela Young, Speaking of Love
I have to admit that in spite of its seductive opening Angela Young's debut novel at times tested my patience. Read more
I am so glad that this beautifully written book is being reissued on Kindle books. I read it when it first came out and couldn't put it down - a truly moving story where you care... Read morePublished on 4 Nov. 2013 by Farquar
Speaking of Love is a wonderful first novel by Angela Young.
What I loved about it, was that it is one of those books where each person tells their part of the story... Read more
A wonderful book with depth, soul and insight into mother-daughter and many other relationships.
I cried buckets at the beautiful (not harrowing) ending!