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review 2020-06-03 12:25
The Lake House
The Lake House: A Novel - Kate Morton

by Kate Morton

 

From the description: "June 1933, and the Edevane family's country house, Loeanneth, is polished and gleaming, ready for the much-anticipated Midsummer Eve party. Alice Edevane, sixteen years old and a budding writer, is especially excited. Not only has she worked out the perfect twist for her novel, she's also fallen helplessly in love with someone she shouldn't. But by the time midnight strikes and fireworks light up the night skies, the Edevane family will have suffered a loss so great that they leave Loeanneth forever."

 

This is a Mystery story that moves forward to when Alice is an old lady and the mystery of a missing child has still not been solved. In the beginning of the story, we get to know young Alice and become part of her dreamy world. She's an aspiring writer, has a crush on a man too old for her and she has a secret, something she's hidden from her family that you just know will be important later, but the reader doesn't get told what it is so soon.

 

The writing is really superb in this one. There are three strong female characters, each very different. It transports you to the place and time and inside of Alice's world easily from the very start. There are a few flashbacks, including the story of how her parents met, and an off duty detective begins to investigate the never solved mystery of the missing child, though the trail has gone cold over the years.

 

I actually found myself more caught up in Alice's mother's story than her own, but all of the facets of the tale kept my attention. The interweaving strands of mystery all come together in the end, although one aspect of Sadie's story was not resolved to my satisfaction which costs it a star. Definitely five star writing though!

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review 2020-06-02 22:28
The Division Bell Mystery by Ellen Wilkinson
The Division Bell Mystery - Ellen Wilkinson

This seemed to start off a bit slow just because it seemed to take a while to establish the characters and cover a lot of the governmental stuff. But either it picked up or I got more into it because the later chapters seemed to go by much more smoothly. The mystery is good and interesting overall although I think the biggest selling point of the book is that it was written by a former MP back in the early 1930s and she peppers the book with observations on the government and how women MPs were treated. I liked how the relationship between the elected people and the civil servants was portrayed as well.

 

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text 2020-06-02 19:42
Reading progress update: I've read 122 out of 358 pages.
Himself: A Novel - Jess Kidd

It is raining in Mulderrig. The heatwave has stretched, exhaled and picked itself up off the town all in one afternoon. And the rain has returned. 

At first it fell lightly, uncertainly, as if it were testing itself, on the curious noses of cats and cows turned upwards to see if the news of rain was really true.

But the trees knew, and so did the bees, for they know all things. 

Soon the rain grew confident, pattering on cobbles, bouncing along the tractor tracks carved in the hard-baked ground. Then, heavy and certain in its benediction, the rain began to fall steadily, blissfully, unlocking the smell of the ground. 

The rain falls to on the roof of the village hall, dancing over the clogged gutters, ringing the ancient rusty school bell and running down between loose tiles to drip down the wall in the ladies cloakroom. 

 

I´m enjoying this book so much, maybe even a little bit more than "Things in Jars". And once again, I can´t exactly pinpoint what I like about Jess Kidd´s books.

The writing, the imaginative ideas she puts into her novels, the touch of magical realism, the characters, who you cannot help but fall in love with? It´s probably everything combined.

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text 2020-06-02 15:14
Reading progress update: I've listened 1 out of 520 minutes.
Six Cats a Slayin' (Cat in the Stacks Mystery) - Miranda James

Surprise, I'm listening to something new. This one's a bit risky: Book 10 of a series where I've only read Book 1 before. But in my experience, although you miss out on the development of character relationships, it's generally okay to read cozy mysteries out of order.

 

I'm really surprised that the narrator is female, considering that the book is a first person male POV.

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text 2020-06-02 04:54
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 337 pages.
Creation in Death - J.D. Robb
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