I began not liking this story about a disjointed family that had to deal with many issues (past and present), it all seemed weird and not quite to what I usually read. I was disbelieving the actions of the cast of characters, but it became oddly compelling the more I read. The ending was fitting for the story and I was left at the end with a bit of hope.
I loved the story of Geneva in prohibition in New York. Beatriz created a distinctive voice for her that transported me to the era of bootleggers, clubs and prohibition enforcers. There were a few twists and turns in the story which kept me interested. The only downfall to the story was the dual storyline of modern day Ella. This story was not as strong as Geneva’s, it was only a fraction of the story and could easily not of been included.
I was looking forward to reading this book based on the blurb; Australian – Family – History, all the things that I love to read. Lily’s descriptive writing gave me a good sense of place and what life was like at Jarulan. There was an overall sense of uneasiness and I had to keep reading to find out what would happen with the family. Then came Rufina, a character that I could not feel anything for, and this let the story down for me. I was also disappointed about not finding out the full story of the ghosts that would appear at the appropiate times, but not fully explained, and this made the novel feel a bit unfinished.
This was a very quick read for me. I enjoyed Grisham’s style of writing that keeps moving the story along. The plot was not complicated with not many twists and turns. It wasn’t a thrilling thriller but overall a good piece of storytelling.
The tension builds slowly in this novel as we read the story from 3 viewpoints (2 current and 1 in the past). It reaches a pinnacle as the storylines converge and then fizzles to the ending – I was hoping for a big twist at the end, but it didn’t happen. I found it to be an enjoyable read that kept me engaged, with a satisfactory ending.
It was so nice to revisit the Bakers and the Wiltshires and share in their stories of life in the Flinders Ranges. This is the third novel featuring these characters. There is hardship, joy, sorrow and survival. The Australian landscape can be beautiful and also cruel. It is a lovely insight into what pioneering farming families had to achieve and how communities were built.
A foundling chasing her mother around the globe, a mother’s heartache at losing love and her daughter and a daughter coming to terms with her mother’s illness. Each of story is told well, but I finished the book feeling that I wanted so much more depth to each of the characters.
The ending was a surprise and I loved the way that Kimberley concealed it throughout the story.
I have enjoyed all of Kimberley’s stories that I have read and will continue to seek them out as I know I will get an interesting set of characters to read about.
This was an intereting historical novel, covering historical events that I did not know about beforehand. I did get a little lost in the politics of the Spanish Civil War which lessened my enjoyment of the book and Belinda does not hide from the brutality of war adding to the novel’s setting. The characters were interesting and made me continue reading the story – showing the great storytelling ability of the author. Throw in the history of flamenco dancing, a bit of a mystery and a bit of romance and it became a worthwhile read.
Told through letters and diary entries this was a glimpse into English life at home during war. There was love, mystery, death and hope. I think the most eye opening part of this novel was the idea that you should not have a choir without men – who would of thought! The strength of the women to carry on and make decisions about their own lives – how the war changed them was a central theme. Although told through the eyes of several people the storyline continued seemlessly and was an enjoyable read.
I started out enjoying this story. It was a fun read. The situations ridiculous but told so matter of factly that you just went with the flow of the story. But by the end it all seemed a bit rushed which empathised the ridiculous and the story became less endearing.