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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (17 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144476523X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444765236
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
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A beautifully crafted mesh of conquering adversity/hist-fict/ghost story with a murder investigation slipped in for good measure. A satisfying novel that's worth every penny and, indeed, every melting moment spent in its company.--The Book Bag

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Rebecca Mascull's first novel is the tale of a wonderful friendship, but it is also a thrilling adventure, a heartbreaking love story and a compelling ghost story.

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As I adored Song of the Sea Maid, the authors' second novel, so much, I was eager to get my hands on her debut and have found it just as captivating and enthralling! There is just something about the way the author captures the female characters so perfectly, that you can't help but embrace their journeys and find it difficult to put down without the story staying in your head, and your heart!

This is the story of an extraordinary young girl, Adeliza, set in late Victorian England and her battle to understand the world she lives in as a blind deaf girl. She is extremely isolated although she does have contact with the Visitors who appear only to her and give her extra insight into many situations.

Her life becomes less insular though when she meets Lottie who befriends her and teaches her to use a form of sign language and this is such a revelation for Adeliza and allows her to finally communicate with those around her and she soon becomes much more confident and a very brave young woman as she deals with love, loss and all that comes with the harshness of War.

The Visitors that she sees are never too far away and this adds an almost magical element to the story as she gets to see that there is often more to a story than meets the eye, and gives her an advantage over others which is even more remarkable considering the start she has had to her life.

A beautifully touching and inspiring story - highly recommended
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Brilliant.
I love this book.
Highly recommended.
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I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, but I'd heard tremendous things about it.

So, I decided to give it go and I wasn't disappointed. When I started reading, I was amazed how the story of Liza was very cleverly conveyed to the reader in the first person, which is not an easy task considering this main character is a deaf-blind child. The writer has some talent to do this effectively without causing confusion, being unable to use dialogue in its 'traditional' form.

It was a book of many parts, not altogether the doom 'n gloom that I was expecting. You could easily digest how Liza and everyone around her approached her condition. Yes, there are some places where you feel like your heart's just been ripped out and kicked about your lounge, but everything is balanced with considerable hope.

For me, the "visitor's" role in this book was secondary in comparison with Liza's struggles, as her character was so very strong. And yet, that's exactly what these visitors were, drifting on the edge of something they're no longer attached to, but their wispy involvement almost wasn't enough to fully compete with it all. I enjoyed their vague presence all the same, as it made for a different take to the run-of-the-mill 'haunting'. In this book, ghosts certainly aren't the ones to dominate the storyline.

But there was just something I couldn't quite put my finger on. Perhaps I can't get my head around two young ladies being permitted to travel to a war-torn Africa during the Boer War, although I'm not entirely sure if this was the norm. Look, my history's not great, so it possibly just me overthinking things.

Having said all this, I'd still give this book a respectable 4.5 / 5. Anyone could appreciate this fine story of many genres. I found the time flew by whilst reading and would definitely recommend it.
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I really enjoyed this book - it was well thought out, planned, researched and written. Telling the story of a young girl who was both deaf and blind and her relationship with the world in which she must use her other senses to explore and live within. The author wrote a fascinating story which thought was beautifully written.
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Adeliza (Liza) Golding was born with little sight and when she is 3 years old, scarlet fever takes away her hearing and cataracts remove her remaining sight. She is now deafblind and mute and lives in a world of confusion and frustration. As a result, she begins to run wild and the only way to control her is to physically restrain her by tying her to a chair. Her fragile mother retires to her bedroom and has very little contact with her daughter so initially Liza's main carers are her brutish nanny and her devoted father. Her salvation arrives in the form of Charlotte (Lottie) Crowe, a young woman staying with her family on Liza's father's hop farm for the hop picking season. Lottie has experience of deaf blindness and with time and infinite patience brings to an end Liza's lonely and isolated existence by teaching her to communicate and giving her the confidence to live a normal life.

This debut novel from Rebecca Mascull could be described as historical fiction/a love story/a ghost story as it encompasses all three genres. I sometimes find that historical fiction can be a bit dry however this is a beautifully written account of Liza's transition from a dark and lonely childhood to experiencing her first love and finding her place in the world.

The characters are expertly drawn and it is clear that detailed research has been undertaken. I had heard of the Boer War, although I knew very little about it. When Lottie's brother Caleb enlists as a soldier to fight for his country, his letters home bring to life the reality of war - the initial excitement of action giving way to the weary resignation of the death and destruction endured. I thought this was a very effective way of including the war in the story without making the narrative feel like a history lesson.
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