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Excellent holiday read - super story!
on 24 August 2014
This story which jumps between three different time periods is a really great read. At its heart, there is the mystery of why a young girl is left alone on board a ship about to sail from England to Australia just a couple of years before the First World War, left alone by a mysterious lady she knows as "the authoress". That young girl grows up and builds a life in Australia, although she is always curious about her roots, and the second time period deals with her attempt to find out about the truth of her childhood in the 1970s. Finally, in the 21st century, the grand-daughter of the girl on the ship is drawn to the mystery after the death of her grandmother in the third line within this fascinating story. It's a long book at over 600 pages, but it's an easy read which never drags. The author cleverly weaves the story between the different time lines, revealing things in one time line that help the reader to understand something that has happened in another. The main characters, Eliza, Nell and Cassandra were well-drawn and three dimensional, although I found some of the minor characters had slightly less depth. The descriptions of Cornwall, where much of the story takes place, were excellent and really evocative of that beautiful county, and this would make a great holiday read if you are heading in that direction, or even if you are off somewhere else. Thoroughly recommended - I loved it!