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affecting and absorbing, I read it at one sitting (spoiler alert)
on 25 March 2014
I had been looking forward to this, as I admire Kirsty Wark and wondered what kind of novel she would write. I wasn't disappointed, though it is not the kind of thing I usually read. I'm immobile with a broken leg at present, so I read it at one sitting, and glad I did. There are definitely too many adjectives in it, and too many adverbs, but I forgive her that. And the chaps are impossible, with their craggy features and burning eyes, but you want that in a good chick-lit read. But I cried, several times. The relationship between the sisters is done well, and so is the gardening. Also the period detail - I was that hippy mum, at least for a while! The Isle of Arran, where I have never been, is a place I shall visit before I am much older. I'll give my copy to my mother, or maybe even buy her one! I liked the alternating chapters with different voices, but they were too short - just as you were enjoying one you had to jump to the other. Like all good Brit fiction it is about houses not love. But please - how could Martha, the daughter of the woman who actually inherited the house, just move in and take over, without even showing it to her mother or apparently telling her about it, and without consulting her sister, and not be hated by her entire family? Or are Scottish families different in that respect? Oh wait - her sister does hate her, and you can see why, even before the inheritance, but then comes back into the orbit. Odd. I wonder why Wark did that? It doesn't seem necessary.