Diana’s July Review: Keepers by Cheryl Burman

Why did I choose this book?

I was drawn to Keepers because:

  • I enjoy historical fiction
  • I was excited to read a novel set in Australia, especially about the same time my uncle and his family moved there from the UK

Did you feel empathy with any particular character?

Oh yes. I loved the idea that Raine tried to continue her struggle with life in her ramshackle home, distant from the town. Her resilience and determination to keep independent made me warm to her. She was not tempted to take the easy options, whether it be coping with life or who to share her life with.

Is there a lasting thought or memory of the book which remains with you?

The last few chapters ~ Love drove Raine to ignore the dangers and warning signs but just go for it!

Keepers was a gripping read. Most enjoyable!

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June Book Review ~ Secrets of the Sea House by Elisabeth Gifford

Today I am reviving my monthly book review, but this time I will post it on
my blog before adding it to my rolling reviews on my Book of the Month Page.

Why did I choose this book?

I was drawn to Secrets of the Sea because:

  • I have
    visited Harris, Lewis and Uist and was drawn to the landscape; wild and
    rugged in contrast to the great expanse of machair, with wild flowers
    almost hidden by flowing grasses, a reflection of the sea and long sandy
    beaches.
  • I enjoy
    historical fiction and yet …
  • I also
    love reading novels in parallel time scales. I love the way they are woven
    to overlap and yet they are two stories in one, bringing history into the
    present day.
  • I have
    been inspired by local folklore in Scotland and Selkies intrigue me!

Did you feel empathy with any particular character?

Oh yes. Ruth’s struggles to shed her past memories. Memories are a bit like
witness statements ~ it’s surprising how inaccurate they can be, especially
those from childhood, and yet Ruth has resilience and a good man watching out
for her.

Is there a lasting thought or memory of the book which remains with you?

Oh yes. I want to know more about the research and history behind the theory
of where Selkies come from and I yearn to visit the islands again, especially
Harris, North Uist and Benbecula, which we visited only briefly. I need more
time to explore and absorb the essence of those places.

 

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