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The Turtle Run Paperback – 14 Dec 2015
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The last book that I read that I couldn't put down was the The Kite Runner.
The Turtle Run is a love story but written in that quintessential English way that culls all that is good out of England in terms of elegance, good manners, and a good moral compass.
The two main love interests are Becky and Matthew who are brought together by Mathew's mother who wanted to write a book about white people from England exported to Barbados in the 17th century and were used slaves.
The Turtle Run will transport you right into Barbados to the Plantation house that the main characters are living in. The other characters, which as I write this review I can still see clearly, fit perfectly into the story and there are just enough of them to make the story interesting but not too many to make it confusing.
crossover genre of historic mystery and romance set in Essex and
A chance encounter with an elderly Caribbean lady sets Becky on a quest
to discover the links between a family in modern day Barbados and the
men who were defeated in the Monmouth rebellion in England in 1685. In
her search, Becky encounters obstacles and prejudice and comic romantic
complications. The plot is cleverly crafted and drives the reader on
with creative twists and wonderfully evocative descriptions of Barbados
and its rich history. The characters are funny, exasperating and
intriguing - all shaped by their ancestors.
There are some wonderfully gentle comic scenes and some acute
observations of modern urban living and its contrast with life on a
small island. The historical theme is seamlessly interwoven with a
present day quest. The writing is fresh and you end up rooting for Becky
. A cracking good yarn, I read it in one sitting and am looking forward
to the next encounter with the heroine.
Good information for people who do not know about the Rednecks.
The book cover as you can see is so charming; with the pale green backing, which I feel really helps the plantation house stand out. I adore the cheerful lashes flowers and foliage which provides a delicate and romantic feel to it. The gold of the author's name and the purple/pink of the title really accompany each other. All in all I find it to be very alluring and is defiantly a cover I want to just jump into.
The Turtle Run by Marie Evelyn is packed full of mystery, drama, history, culture and romance on every single page; which makes for a totally in-put downable book.
We meet poor Becky; a journalist in Essex as she looses her job; but she soon get an offer of an amazing new job in the stunning Barbados. The job offer comes from the elderly Bajan lady Clara. Clara wants Becky to research and help write a book on the ' Redlegs' of the men who were defeated in the Monmouth rebellion in 1685. This on all accounts I really found fascinating to read as I had no idea of this. Becky has a connection to Barbados herself; with her father who left her, her mother and her brother to live there. Becky's mother has given her and her brother very little about the whole thing. It goes without saying her mother isn't that keen for her to go, but her brother feels differently about it and she even finds her brother interested in the 'Redlegs'. Becky and her brother thinks this could be good chance to find out more and help them both find some closure.
Mathew; Clara's son and Becky's relationship is one of miss judged and grows into something special when they get to know each other properly. It's not without its rocky patches! I really enjoyed their spark they had together giving the chance for the reader to spot this before the characters realise!
I really enjoyed the way the story was intelligently crafted, providing twists and turns as the story goes on. The author's description of Barbados which was wonderful and evocative, making me feel like I was their in the paradise that is Barbados; which on all accounts makes for a great summer read. I found all the characters to be just as engaging as each other which again gives the reader a connection while they read.
So I think you guessed by know that I'm going to highly, highly recommend this perfectly crafted story which will surly having you turning those pages.
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