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I don’t want to talk about it, Jane Lovering

Book Blurb

What if the one person you wanted to talk to wouldn’t listen?

Winter Gregory and her twin sister Daisy live oceans apart but they still have the ‘twin thing’ going on. Daisy is Winter’s port in the storm, the first person she calls when things go wrong …

And things are wrong. Winter has travelled to a remote Yorkshire village to write her new book, and to escape her ex-boyfriend Dan Bekener. Dan never liked her reliance on Daisy and made her choose – but Winter’s twin will always be her first choice.

She soon finds herself immersed in village life after meeting the troubled Hill family; horse-loving eight-year-old Scarlet and damaged, yet temptingly gorgeous, Alex. The distraction is welcome and, when Winter needs to talk, Daisy is always there.

But Dan can’t stay away and remains intent on driving the sisters apart – because Dan knows something about Daisy… 

 

My review

Firstly a plee to anyone who plans to read and then possibly review this book. Here is a book with secrets, a book with a carefully delivered plot based on one simple fact – a fact that is only hinted at until the end – Please don’t ruin it for others! 

This is the sixth book I believe by Jane Lovering and again she delivers, this time building a world around Winter, the female lead, through the medium of both emails and Tweets that pepper her language freely. The writing is strong and in places remarkably funny – Not in a laugh out loud kind of way, more the wry manical chuckle that will get you stared at in the Tube!

Interestingly Jane Loverings’ book draws on two accidents, for want of a better word that I have personal experience with.

 Firstly speech dysfluency. Alex, the obvious main lead is suffering from a post traumatic speech impediment, or stutter if you like. I’m aware of dysphasia and dysfluency post-stroke and have personal experience of this and of the sad and often challenging problem affecting childhood and being carried through to adulthood. This different slant is intriguing, but believable. Writing in stutter is difficult and the writer’s research shines through in this area. 

Secondly I’d like to talk twins! Twins of course are easy fodder for writers, particularly identical ones. My first forage into the world of books on twins was Ken Follett’s The Third Twin, but since then my reading has revolved around non fiction, being as I have a pair of this unique breed lurking at home somewhere near the biscuit tin! The bond that binds twins has been discoursed at length across all mediums of the media, however scarcely as skillfully drawn as by Jane Lovering. Only a twin or a twin parent can truly identify that unique bond, and no – mine never wore the same clothes!

Finally i’d like to end on a coincidence. Winter, what an amazing name. First the Winters Tale – I saw this in Stratdord upon Avon, what an experience. Second ‘The  Winter Ghosts’  by Kate Mosse – have you read it? I hope not because then I can recommend another smashing book. Last but not least Win Bee – Dai Monday’s side kick in my own series of books, in this case Win standing for Winthrop! 

Book first reviewed for NetGalley as an ARC for a frank opinion.

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Rawblood – Catriona Ward

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So what is Rawblood? Initially I was fooled into believing that it was a Victorian Gothic novel in the style of Wilkie Collins, but I was wrong. This spans further than the Victorian era with it’s ending encompassing W W1. Then I though it was a ghost story, more Woman in Black than Woman in White, but it’s more than that. Rawblood is a life story. The story of one girl’s life and the strands that bind her, that stranglehold her to an existence never hoped or dreamed for, even in the worst types of nightmare. This tale reaffirms that old truth that wrongdoing never pays, that those that live questionable lives always pay in the end.

The writing style is unusual, some might even say choppy, but for me it fit the story line. I’m a skimmer usually, but here I found myself reading and absorbing every word, every phrase – here is a book that clearly wasn’t churned out. Here is a book, a long book that took an age to write and therefore an age to appreciate – it took me four days!
Of course in writing such an ambitious book there was always the question of how it was going to end. Many such books end up as a great disappointment for the reader as we turn the last page only to find that there are still questions to be answered. Not so here. The ending is a surprise, but as endings go it’s neat and satisfies by binding all the parts together.
The challenge will be what next for Catriona Ward? This book will set her up there, but what next….I’ll certainly be very happy to read anything that she writes in the future.

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Schools out

I’ve been a little quiet and that’s not going to change anytime soon with school out.
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 I have been busy though with both my reading and my writing.

I’ve read some wonderful books over recent weeks. The Year of Marvellous Ways was a true find, which I read back to back with Val McDermid’s version of Northanger Abbey. Dear old Henry Tilney has now ousted Fitzwilliam in my affections, perhaps for all time.

The Wedding Reject Table by Angela Britnell was a light fun read that I raced through one evening followed by Susan Wiggs latest, who can always be relied upon for interesting plots. I’m now half way through Catroina Ward’s Rawblood, which I predict will be a huge hit for this new writer. It’s a dark gothic mystery, romance that reminds me a little of Wilkie Collins Woman in White, but I can’t say for sure where it’s going to end up.

I have two more books lined up on my Kindle, one by Jane Lovering called ‘I don’t want to talk about it’ who can be relied upon for intricate plotting and Alison May’s follow up to just released Midsummer Dreams, entitled Sweet Nothing – but they are going to have to wait a little as I’m back in the writing saddle.

I gave myself a couple of days off but I spent the morning in the local library stacking up on reference books and have put pen to paper.

More later but the coffee has perked!