The Vanishing Point Paperback – 2 Jun 2006
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About the Author
MARY SHARRATT is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, including the Nautilus award-winning Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen. She is an American who has lived in Germany and England for more than two decades.
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I loved Hannah and fell for Gabriel, and I really wanted a happy ending. As for May, I felt that she was treated far too leniently by almost everyone and I definitely wanted to give her a good smack more than once!The ending of her story had me speechless with surprise.
The characters stayed with me and if I have one regret it's that Mary Sharratt didn't write more fully the story of Hannah's career as a doctor. Perhaps that might be another book in waiting?
Hannah finds her sisters marital home and whilst her sister is not there she comes across her brother-in-law Gabriel and soon enough a heady attraction develops between Gabriel and Hannah. But, with her sister now passed on Hannah starts to wonder what really did happen to May.
This story set in the 17th century is an immense page turner, initially I was drawn to this book because the blurb on the back describes this as a comparison to Philippa Gregory of whom I am a great fan, but this book is more than just comparison it gives a great setting if this period in history of America with a brilliant storyline that will have you intrigued and desperate to know what happens next.
All the characters are superbly developed there wasn't a character in this book who was un-interesting and the storyline is an out & out winner, definitely far more worthy of just a comparison to Philippa Gregory, the ending in my humble opinion did feel slightly rushed but, this does not detract from the story in any shape or form.
A story of two sisters in colonial Maryland. May, a buxom lass of carnal appetites is sent off to the colonies to an arranged marriage after her reputation at home is damaged beyond salvage. Her sister Hannah goes out to join her, but finds on arriving that May had died in childbirth and the widower is living alone with his dogs. Hannah joins him on his lands, but as the days pass and the attraction grows between them, she starts to question what really happened to her sister.
This is a beautifully written page turner with plenty of suspenseful twists to keep you guessing. The characters are all finely drawn and believable and the novel evokes a strong sense of time and place. Being a true romantic at heart I particularly fell for Gabriel and was a little wistful about the ending - but it suited the story and I'm not complaining. In style and content I was a little reminded of Sara Donati. Readers of her novels will probably enjoy The Vanishing Point very much. I look forward to reading more of Mary Sharratt's work.
Gabriel and Hannah's love is envitably doomed, because it is forbidden by events that neither can control, and yet it shoots across the sky like the comet of May's dreams and holds the reader in thrall. I loved this book from the first to the last and shall eagerly await further books of this class. Far ahead of many 'best sellers' this is a book you should not miss if you love the historical.
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