Diana’s Book Review ~ The Girl From the Island by Lorna Cook

I’m still following the theme running through many books I choose to review:

  • They tell a tale linked to history
  • The books are often set in two time periods
  • The location is a place either I have an affection for, or one I would dearly love to visit.

Why did I choose this book?

The Girl from the Island was set on Guernsey, the island where Grandpa and Great Grandfather were born. They moved to Woolston Southampton when Grandpa was a toddler but Great Grandfather eventually returned, but died there during WW2. This book is set in modern times, but also on the island during WW2. I know this history well, but was intrigued to see if another novel could be written to grip my attention. It did!

Did you feel empathy for any particular character?

Where can I start? Of the two sisters during WW2 it was Persephone I was drawn to most; her willingness to put her life on the line for the cause; her tug of emotions as she tried to distance herself from the man she had fallen in love with ten years before, but who had arrived at her house, a Nazi who was taking over her late mother’s bedroom. What a complex but wonderful character.

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

One scene I just cannot share with you, because it would be a spoiler but it was poignant, tragic, full of tension ~ everything really to draw me closer to Persy and like her even more intensely. You’ll just have to read the book to find out.

Available on Amazon

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Favourite Memory Surrounding Books #Bookbloggerhop

Book Blogger Hop

What is ‘Book Blogger Hop’? Lady Tessa explains on her blog:

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to their own blog.” (Lady Tessa)

BOOKBLOGGER HOP QUESTION OF THE WEEK:

What is your favorite memory surrounding books?

(submitted by Julie @ JadeSky)

My Answer, ‘Sister Love’:

I have many happy memories with books I love, but my truly favourite memory is when I was in my early teens, maybe 11 yrs. My sister, who was an avid reader and three and a half years older was deep into a huge tome one day just after Christmas and being an irritating younger sister I asked her what she was reading.

‘The Lord of the Rings,’ Christine replied. It’s fantastic; and being the patient sister she was, offered to begin again and read it to me. It took us between Christmas and Easter to read it to each other and during that time we really bonded, and have been close ever since.

We looked quite angelic in those days!

We were a bit older then but remained close ever since.

Here’s Lady Tessa’s lovely favourite memory on #Bookbloggerhop too!

Why don’t you join in? If you do, please let me know and I’ll tweet your reply.

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Indie Stars Bookshop

Hello folks

It’s very nearly Advent and I am happy to link hands with many of my author friends in a special bookshop for this festive season!

There are lots of festive treats

to buy,

to win

and to browse.

Why don’t you click on the link above and check it out?

YES, THERE ARE PRIZES AND GAMES TOO!

Do take a look. I’m working though reading works by the authors included in the ‘shop’ because, as you know’, I really like to promote books I’ve read and enjoyed.

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