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Flickr Pics 16th January 2014

on January 16, 2014 by kirsty

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The Last Runaway

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

In books read on January 15, 2014

A bit of a let down - though probably only because I've thought the previous couple of Tracy Chevalier's books that I've read were completely fantastic - not enough to put me off reading more of her work in future.

This is the story of Honor Bright, who leaves the Quaker community in Bridport, Devon in the mid-nineteenth century to journey to Ohio with her sister who is to be married when they arrive. Everything doesn't go to plan and Honor ends up carving out a new life for herself with a part to play in the 'Underground Railroad' moving escaped slaves from the southern US states up to Canada. There's lots of interesting stuff and details in the book, at times it feels a bit too much about the author's research, but it's still a decent story and it doesn't dry up with all the information. I ended up feeling educated as well as entertained, which is fine by me. In the end I think it comes down to showing how difficult it is to reconcile your morals in your head with your actions in the community.

Each chapter ends with a letter, almost always from Honor to her friends and family back in Devon. This device didn't seem to do much for the story and is the reason for the book losing at least one star rating. Perhaps twice in the book it gets something over that wouldn't have come from Honor's close third person narrative, mostly it just feels like repetitive padding.

All in all a good story that could have been better told, but don't let me put you off it!

This was a kindle eBook.

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Flickr Pics 15th January 2014

on January 15, 2014 by kirsty

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Apple Tree Yard

Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty

In books read on January 11, 2014

My reading muscles needed something just like this. Compelling enough that you can breeze through it in 24 hours, but not so lightweight it hardly seems worth bothering with. It reminded me a lot of Barbara Vine. A reasonably ordinary middle aged woman, in some ways not very ordinary at all, is on trial and we spend most of the book figuring out how she got there and what for. Well written first person narration draws you in and doesn't let you go. Lots of wry observations about the nature of families, relationships and women's roles in them in particular made it a worthwhile read. I spent most of the book waiting for the blockbuster-twister that I thought had to be appearing from left-field, and was thankful when I could close the book up without having been clonked by it. A good one for sure.

This was a kindle eBook.

Longbourn

Longbourn by Jo Baker

In books read on January 10, 2014

This is a story set between the lines of Pride and Prejudice telling the servant's story. Although I have read P&P it was about a million years ago and I couldn't remember the story that well, it's a long time since I've even seen a TV version. I read this more on the strength of having liked Jo Baker's The Undertow (aka The Picture Book in the UK) than on the Austen connection. I have no idea what diehard Austen fans will make of it, but I thought it worked very well indeed. It's a lot grittier than Austen when dealing with what really happens behind the scenes to make even a small country household run smoothly. A whole new cast of characters and connections bring the household to life and show a different side of life. Well worth a read, and I might even get around to an Austen re-read sometime!

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Flickr Pics 8th January 2014

on January 8, 2014 by kirsty

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Green Wall

Flickr Pics 7th January 2014

on January 7, 2014 by kirsty

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Late Sun

Flickr Pics 6th January 2014

on January 6, 2014 by kirsty

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Flickr Pics 5th January 2014

on January 5, 2014 by kirsty

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Tree at Night

Flickr Pics 4th January 2014

on January 4, 2014 by kirsty

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