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4.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately rather sweet, 19 Dec. 2011
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This review is from: The Mill River Recluse (Kindle Edition)
I liked the look of this book (beautiful cover design!), and for the price I thought it was well worth a try.

I didn't have particularly high hopes, but as I read on I gradually found myself being drawn into the story and the town of Mill River. Perhaps the way I would describe it is that there is nothing 'exceptional' about this book, but it's none the worse for that. It's an easy, comforting read with characters who are recognisable as inhabitants of just about any town. Each secondary character has their own effect on the plot, and to some extent their own separate storylines taking place. But they are all linked by Mary, the eponymous recluse who lives high above the town, watching unseen everything that takes place in Mill River.

Mary's backstory is interspersed with what is taking place in the present, and this is a necessary device to show us how she became so reclusive, and what her motivations are.

Although this book wasn't necessarily one that will stay with me for a long time, I did enjoy it while I was reading, and I'm glad I took a chance on it. I found the final scenes a lot more emotional than I expected, which proves that I did connect with the story and care about the characters, especially Father O'Brien who just can't resist stealing spoons!

Overall I would say that this is a lovely read for a quiet winter's evening when you want to curl up in the warm with an easy book and be transported into a different world.
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