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I surprised myself
on 19 August 2016
I don't normally go in for this type of book - you know the sort of typical lightweight, forgettable summer holiday type of read. But I got a free credit from Amazon and thought I would give it a go after reading the reviews. And I was a bit weary of reading heavy classics (free on Kindle though!) and fancied a break.
I looked forward to reading this every evening, it provided a nice bit of escapism and set the scene very nicely. Yes it is full of clichés and the ending is a bit happy clappy, but there is something in this book which takes it just bit above the normal holiday reading fluff. I just can't put my finger on what it is!
I did find the occasional change of narrative jarring and unnecessary though, and many of the scenarios are totally far fetched, but that's escapism I suppose. Despite the lengthy descriptions I still can't really picture how oyster farming works, something to do with tables in really shallow water that are covered at high tide? Which you can drive a tractor to but then you also need a boat?
Overall I recommend this book, and would probablyy read more Jo Thomas. Now it's back to Thomas Hardy...