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A real treat of a read
on 3 November 2015
This was such a good book. I have not read a really engrossing story that has kept me hooked for a long time. It has been my little treat and one I have looked forward to reading at the end of a busy working day for the past few weeks. Now that I have finished it I am going to feel a bit lost.
Let's rewind. I have never read a Laurie Graham book before and came about this one by accident when I was looking for general books on the Kennedys after having read the story of Rosemary (and also visiting Chatsworth and the Kick Kennedy connection there). I was intrigued and wondered how a fictional character could believably tell the story - how that could possibly work - but work it does. I laughed out loud at Nora's put downs and comments, loved the way the saga began right at the start of the Kennedy childrens' lives and how she spent her whole life with them. The section in the latter part of the book about Nora's involvement in World War 2 was also very informative and could have made an interesting story of its own even without the Kennedys playing a part.
It has made me want to read more about the family but I know I will want to find out more about Nora because the character was so real and you want to believe that she actually was the family nurse maid! As others have said, the ending was very poignant and as I put the book down on completion I had a little cry. Not done that over a book for a long, long time.
I look forward to reading more of her books if they are as good as this.