Woman in Red
Colin McGinty's grandfather, a famous artist, is best known for his haunting portrait Woman in Red, which happens to be of Alice Kessler's grandmother. In a tale that weaves the past with the present, we come to know the story behind the portrait, of a forbidden wartime romance between William McGinty and Eleanor Styles, and a deadly secret-one that is about to be unburied...more
I enjoyed this story that intertwined three families through three generations. The past repeats itself somewhat in the present. The story starts off with a tragedy that changes the lives of many. It continues with the characters trying to start their lives over, or pick up the pieces of the ...more
This was my first book to read by this author, which I will remedy---I will be checking out more by her. This definitely reminded me of a Jodi Piccoult novel, so if your not a fan of hers I'm not sure this would be interesting to you. I liked the story though, in a quiet and understated way. Once again, I really enjoyed the past story better. I felt so sad about Eleanor and William! I did like all the characters, the writing, and the story.
**Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an e-copy ...more
The pain Alice felt when David got killed has only increased, and the loss doesn't merely control her, it defines her. ...more
Even though I LOVE to read , I am not one of those folks you'll see on the bus with book in hand , in the grocery store check-out line flipping pages, or waiting in the car for hubby to return something in the hardware store with my nose in a book . I'd like to be one of those people , but ...
Truth is , I am not...more
The island setting is integral to understanding the motivations of the characters: They seem to be trapped in space. The time, however, shifts around in the past, involving recent ancestors and their influence on events in the present.
My problem, as usual, was that I just didn't care about the characters. Sure, the protagonist goes off and almost kills the m ...more
This book originally came out in 2007. I read and enjoyed it then - and I just re-read it and enjoyed it just as much this time around.
I especially like the character of Alice Kessler, a strong woman in spite of the terrible burdens life has directed her way. She sees her young son run down and killed by a drunk driver and then sees the driver get off without even a slap on the wrist. So when she sees the driver in the parking lot after the tri ...more
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This is a very convoluted story of three families: the Whites, the Kesslers and the McGintys. The st ...more
There are multiple perspectives through which this story is told, and two timelines, generations apart. Occasionally I found it difficult to remember which timeline we were in (since the ancestors and descendants were incredibly similar), but I adjusted. The flawed characters struggle to make th ...more
Over several generations, a war, and a love found and lost, Alice Kessler and Colin McGinty have been brought together full circle finishing what their grandparents started during WWII. Alice just been recently released from prison ready to start building her life back together again. Coming back home to her surviving son and her sister and mother, she desires to tear down the walls th ...more
Goudge has woven an intricate story of two worlds and two families torn apart by war and crimes of passion. Each family has its set of secrets; juxtaposed amidst the secrets are the desires, dreams and fears hidden deep within the heart of e ...more
Acknowledging her past may haunt her, Alice Kessler returns to her home by ferry to an isl ...more
The story begins with the death of 9-year-old David, hit by Owen White (popular, wealthy man-about-town), while riding his bicycle near his home. David's mother, Alice, is witness to the accident and e ...more
It was nice to read something realistic and see tragedy turn into happiness.
I really liked how the story revolved around the painting of the woman in red and the characters of Eleanor Styles and William McGinty and how their actions resounded through the story bringing all the characters together.
All the different n ...more
Rebuffed by most of her neighbors and even her remaining son, she gradually becomes friends with Colin, a recovering alcoholic who hit bottom after hi ...more
The end was satisfying. I was a bit bummed tha ...more
Grays Island, located in Puget Sound, Washington, held many wonderful recollections for Alice. But they were overshadowed by dark, vivid memories, full of pain, anger, and injustice. One desperate act had left her young son, Jeremy, without his mother. That was nine years ago. The complete em ...more
Women in red is a story that weave the past and the present. Spending nine years in prison was what it cost her now she's out and there is still problem because her young son jeremy who is all grown up is accused of rape. Now mother and son has to do anything to prove their innocent.Reading this book makes me think about how i will be if i loose someone dear to me due to some drunk driver.
I didn't think that she intentionally ran over the drunk driver who kill her son. She w ...more
Alice Kessler is your average mom in every way except that she has lost her oldest son to a freak accident. Driven by grief she cannot let go when the driver is found innocent. This in turn sets forth a chain of events leading her to make choi ...more