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Blood Ties

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  83 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Set mainly in Ireland, Jennifer Lash's dark, exhilarating novel is about the redemptive power of love. It tells of Violet Farr and her loveless marriage, her wild, unfathomable son and his illegitimate son, all of them bound together in a repeating pattern of exile and homecoming, rejection and, finally, acknowledgement and love. As Elizabeth Buchan wrote in the London Tim ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 16th 1999 by Bloomsbury USA (first published 1997)
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Sep 15, 2012 karen rated it liked it
Shelves: distant-lands

i wish this book had grabbed me more than it did. on paper, it is my kind of story: irish family, various tragedies, wild natural setting, sorrows spanning generations...that is my kind of yummy right there. and the author - underknown female novelist, mother of those fiennes brothers, artistic promise terminated by tragic illness, critical accolades, commercially forgotten...this book had promise smeared all over it.

and yet i thought it was only okay.

i think where it lost me was the writing sty
May 30, 2013 Dana rated it really liked it
The story line of this book is absolutely heartbreaking...yet...its redemptive conclusion is such a surprise and makes everything worth it. While at first I wasn't sure I could get through the book because some it is so terribly sad, now I'm planning to read it again some day. I have NEVER had that experience with a book!
Feb 05, 2008 Kristin rated it really liked it
I originally read this because the author is Ralph Fiennes's mom, but man she is an amazing author.... Very touching book.
Nov 01, 2016 Samantha rated it it was amazing
Loved this! It's fabulous.
Mar 30, 2015 Kimmy rated it it was ok
I was very lost in the writing style for this book. Usually I love a book that can fully describe in details things that are happening because it gives the story, plot, and even characters a better sense of understanding. I love family dramas because it's interesting and it can go so many ways. Detail is key for a topic such as family drama but the writing was bland- prose if you will because of the structure. The actions taken placed were suddenly, incredulous , just very idiotically ...more
Aug 17, 2016 Abi rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book, I really did. I bought it on sale and the cover immediately had me intrigued. I couldn't even finish it though. I was so confused about the whole story line and it kinda had me freaked out. Maybe it just isn't my taste of book, but I, personally, did not enjoy it.
Jul 26, 2015 Susie rated it really liked it
I found the book on the library shelves. I was going to give it a 2 but the ending was a good surprise and I liked it how she tied everything together. Good book for a messed up family.
Very honest, with a sort of hurried narrative that at parts seems to nearly stumble in trying to communicate a truth without losing the momentum or tone of a scene.
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Beautifully written, but holy crap was it ever GRIM!
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Born at Chichester, Sussex on 27 February 1938 to Joan Mary Moore, who was of Irish Catholic descent, and Brigadier Henry Alleyne Lash, a British colonial officer, Jennifer Lash lived in India where her father was stationed until the age of 6. When her family returned to England, they settled down in Surrey. Raised a Roman Catholic, Lash attended boarding school at the Convent of the Sacred Heart ...more
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