The Sorrow of Sisters
15 journalers for this copy...
Another winner from Transita. I finished this a couple of days ago, but it and the characters are lingering in my head. The themes of seaside, art, home, and family secrets remind me of Rosamund Pilcher (in my eyes, a Good Thing), but it is more raw and, in places shocking. I picked up on some of the clues to the plot twists but not all of them - a satisfying experience. The spiritual or "magical" dimension was fascinating and cleverly interwoven into the plot and the narrators' voices (in themselves cleverly interwoven), and did not get too much, but lent an interesting additional dimension. Not every strand was tied off neatly at the end, which again, is good and leads to a more fully satisfying read.
One final point - I was very happy to see that the lovely animals in the book came to no harm, even as the humans were damaging and fighting each other. It's a theme I find all too often in novels - animals put in to be sacrificed - and I've noted that this doesn't seem to happen in Transita books.
Written a fuller review as I'm going to post it on the Transita website; hope the author likes my thoughts on it!
Will be available on a BookRing soon btw...
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Scotsbookie Scotland (anywhere, surface)
Playinghearts UK (UK)
Pammykn US (North America)
Loveamystery Canada (anywhere, surface)
stuff-nonsense Canada (anywhere)
Mallary France (Europe)
LindyLouMac Italy (Europe)
WelshHelen UK (UK)
LindyB28 UK (UK)
Birmingham-Rose UK (UK)
Lellie UK (anywhere) (near the end)
Sherlockfan New Zealand (NZ/Aus)
Sally906 Australia (anywhere)
[[[Makita21 Australia (anywhere) <--- asked to be skipped ]]]
GateGypsy Canada (anywhere) <-- it's here - ray completed!!!
... it's a ray!
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Posting to scotsbookie today.
I finished the book a few days ago but feel myself thinking about the book & the characters often. The characters & landscape were as one in this book, oh how I would love a place to retreat to like Wraith Cottage & cove. Like LyzzyBee I guessed at some of the plot twists but this didn't take away from my reading, if anything it enhanced it.
Thank you LyzzyBee for giving me the chance to read this book. I have playinghearts details & will have it in the post asap.
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Mailed to stuff-nonsense today. Released for week#10(blue sky) of Never Judge a Book by its Cover release challenge and Keep Them Moving release challenge. Enjoy!
Having lived within sight of the Isle of Wight for many years I found myself wondering why I never visited it. The beautiful, evocative descriptions of the island, especially the shoreline, reminded me of my childhood in the south of England and also boat trips we took around the island.
I thought I had the story all figured out within the first few chapters, how wrong I was! Wendy K Harris is a master storyteller, managing to weave in the most shocking concepts whilst keeping the whole thing utterly believable.
As soon as I am better I will mail this to LindyLouMac, who seems to share the same excellent taste in books with me!
Sorry for the delay.
One of the best reads from Transita so far! I recently discovered this excellent publisher and am working my way through their small catalogue of books.
Jane is approaching fifty and is an author but presently suffering from lack of inspiration for her latest novel. The arrival of a solicitor’s letter opens up a new and unexpected dimension to her life.
It is a great story, shocking in places but still somehow believable. There are some interesting twists to the plot which kept me riveted. The first few chapters were deceptive as it takes awhile for the connections to emerge fully enough for the story to start to make sense. This made me think it was going to be rather slow but far from it! The characters are all vividly described and you really feel that you know them personally by the end of the book. In fact I think they will remain with for sometime as I continue to muse over the story, always the sign of a good read! The spiritual strength that runs through the story also adds to the intense feelings portrayed.
A beautiful setting the Isle of Wight which the author brings to life with her descriptive prose. Particularly Wraith Cottage and its surroundings, one can almost smell the flowers and the sea!
I even loved the ending which is often the part of a novel that disappoints me in one way or another.
What more can I say, except that I can’t wait to get hold of a copy of Wendy K Harris’s recently published second novel ‘Blue Slipper Bay’
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
I have an address for WelshHelen(Yes the new one)so this is en route to the Uk now.
Thank you so much to LyzzyBee for sharing once again and many apologies that I've had the book for so long. I've got LindyB28's address so will get it in the post to her asap.
My main caveat was the portrayal of Marguerite. I was uneasy about the way that her (dis)abilities are depicted and the way that she is cast into a Cassandra-type role by virtue of her inability to communicate in a conventional way. The synaesthetic elements didn't quite ring true to me, and one sentence that literally made me laugh out loud was when Jane tries to discover how Marguerite has been sheltered from conventional medicine all her life and Emm replies 'We've always treated her with herbal and homeopathic remedies. She's very healthy.' It was a definite sublime to the ridiculous moment - if you are dealing with the wondrous in a narrative, trying to explain it in terms of the world seems somehow to defeat the point of it all.
However, Wendy K. Harris very successfully interweaves her two narratives of past and present and unites them into a very satisfying conclusion.
I've got Birmingham Rose's address so I'll pop the book in the post to her once the postal strike is over.
Thanks everyone, will read and move on an a timely fashion
For the most part I found this an enjoyable and page turning read, like LyzzyBee I picked up some of the plot twists, but not all. Difficult to add more without adding spoilers.
However I had a big problem with Marguerite. I found it utterly impossible to engage with this character, she was completely unreal and a lot of the magical stuff surrounding her was just plain daft.
I loved all the descriptions of the area around Wraith Cottage and the lives that Emm and Lilly led and the story was a very good one. I think Marguerite should have been made more 'real' or failing this left out altogether.
I sometimes feel that these Transita novels have a streak of self-indulgence. I had the same problem with A Lifetime Burning, although I really disliked that one, and on the whole I really liked this.
I'll be contacting next in line today and hopefully this will be in the post this week.
I've been reading the journal entries with pleasure although once I got to a couple that looked as if they might spoil some of the characters I stopped doing that. I usually don't read the JEs until after I've read a book as sometimes that influences my feeling about the book. Fortunately all the initial entries gave me really good feelings and the attractions of the book that tempted me to join this ray are still there. Thanks LyzzyBee for writing about it in such ain intriguing way. I'm looking forward to it very much. Not much on hand calling for attention so I should be able to read it soon.
LyzzyBee are there any other rings I should be looking to have my name added to? The Transita book are certainly highly valued by readers. I've read two of Linda's and hugely enjoyed one but not so much the other, possibly because of proximity to personal situations.
This is a book I'd like to have around to read again and re-read. There was so much in it. Many JE writers have expressed thoughts akin to mine so I won't repear them here. It is important to say that I'm delighted to have had the chance to read this. There is no doubt that Transita does a wonderful job in finding books that appeal to - dare I say it?- older readers. The depth and strength of characters beyond the first flush and enthusiasm of youth is appealing - these characters don't think they know it all, nor that the world owes them a living.
I've just had a text message from a 16 yr old grandson currently visiting Auckland with his family and keeping me informed about their trip. "Nothing exciting today. We visited the Oldies. BORING!" The oldies he referred to would be like characters in Transita Books. What stories these 'boring oldies' would have if only he was willing to listen.
Thanks for starting this ring LyzzyBee. More please.
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Travel safely over the sea please book then up through the vast Australian continent safe into the hands of sally906
Fondly reminded me of my trip to Wellington :)
loved the card - must return one day to see a sunny Wellington harbour :)
Jane is happily married to Chas - but childless. Just before her fiftieth birthday and aunt she never knew existed, Lillian, leaves her an inheritance - a cottage on a cliff on Isle of Wight. Her father refuses to talk about Lillian, and the lawyer advises her just to sell the cottage, but Jane decides on a whim to head off and find the place.
What she finds, the journey of discovery and the revelations of family skeletons, changes Jane for ever.
The story shifts between narrators, both dead and alive, and also shifts between past and present. There are twists and turns and is well worth the read.
Have PMd Makita21 to send it on
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Mailed to GateGypsy - seamail