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Month: April 2015

A Good Catch by Fern Britton reviewed for lovereading

A Good Catchhttp://www.lovereading.co.uk/book/14078/A-Good-Catch-by-Fern-Britton.html

You’ll fall hook, line and sinker for ‘A Good Catch’ Fern’s done it again with a feel good read focusing on four friends in the small fictional fishing village of Trevay.

 

This story of a love triangle of sorts set in a small Cornish fishing village has enough light and shade to make it a good all round, satisfying read. In fact, I read it in an evening once the kids were in bed and thoroughly enjoyed it.

The four main characters; Greer, Jesse, Loveday and Mickey are well-drawn and Fern’s easy-going style sweeps us along in their trials and tribulations. It’s the story of friendship, family, loyalty and secret love and I was intrigued to see how the relationships between Greer, Jesse and Loveday in particular worked out.

This is one of a series of books that Fern has set in the fictional world of Trevay and I could certainly see them being made into a TV series before too long. Perhaps that would be enough to lure me away from my books!

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr reviewed for love reading

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An epic tome of a book that tells the stories of a blind girl, Marie Laure and an orphan, Werner and their lives as they gradually intersect in WW2 Saint-Malo.

 

I really wanted to love this book more than I did but I’m afraid that it was a bit of a slog and I wanted it to hurry up and get to the finale which is very rare for me to feel about a book. I’m not sure what it was, as the central stories surrounding Marie Laure and Werner are engaging. It might be the flipping between the different time periods as the stories unfold or the break in the narratives when the author inserts slightly jarring descriptive passages but whatever it is, it doesn’t quite gel.

The ways in which the war impacts on blind Marie Laure in France and orphan Werner in Germany are both savagely and sensitively realised and the framing of the convergence of their parallel lives is expertly done.
It is an intelligent book and if you don’t mind a slower pace and a more complicated style then this is the book for you. A slightly shorter, faster paced book would have worked better for me but this is certainly a worthy addition to WW2 set literature.

 

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