All Who Are Lost by Lindsey Forrest grabbed me and subtly pulled me in until I couldn't stop turning pages until I finally got to the end.
This is theAll Who Are Lost by Lindsey Forrest grabbed me and subtly pulled me in until I couldn't stop turning pages until I finally got to the end.
This is the first of a trilogy, Ashmore's Folly Trilogy. I think it's unusual for women's fiction to be presented as a trilogy, but these are long books individually so it's definitely not an effort to pad sales. Instead, it's a sweeping soap opera of a tale with four stories of grand passion tangled into a compelling whole.
"Here’s a monk, sworn to chastity, devoted to God, and it took your mother one evening and all she had to do was flutter her eyes at him and off he went."
Dominic, the domineering ex-monk and brilliant composer/director, had three illegitimate daughters with the operatic diva who swept him into her wake, plus a daughter with their nanny. When the diva drowned in the Irish Sea, most agreed Dominic got away with murder. And from this background springs the four sisters whose lives are forever marked by the father who was determined to create a new operatic genius to control, 'control' being the significant word there.
Five stars for women's fiction that sinks your teeth in and doesn't let go!...more
I've seen that a lot of people really love this book, and I wanted to. There is a plot twist that may catch you off guard, which makes me assume otherI've seen that a lot of people really love this book, and I wanted to. There is a plot twist that may catch you off guard, which makes me assume other interesting plot twists may be ahead. But at this time, the book isn't holding my interest. I may try again later since it's a library book, and may check it out again....more
I love this book. Characterization that pulled me right into a culture that is so different from my own, and dialogue and emotions that are reAWESOME.
I love this book. Characterization that pulled me right into a culture that is so different from my own, and dialogue and emotions that are real and true. Watching these characters find a bridge between old India and new India was heart-tugging and the payoff was wonderful.
It's interesting that even though the characters, their history and their current problems are all from India, the four weeks of this story actually take place primarily in Michigan.
The premise is one that we don't usually see in a contemporary story--the heroine was 4 years old when she was married to a 12 year old boy by their grandparents, an act that was illegal but could still be binding. She has spent her life being groomed for that marriage and waiting for him to come back and finally get her. She's in Michigan going to grad school when his brother shows up to get her to sign annulment papers. That does no justice to the story at all. But it's a premise that caught my attention and the book played it out to its fullest dramatic potential in true Bollywood style....more
And this is where I get to dance the nyah-nyah, I’ve read it and you haven’t dance, because I am so mature like that, because I sprang for the exchangAnd this is where I get to dance the nyah-nyah, I’ve read it and you haven’t dance, because I am so mature like that, because I sprang for the exchange rate plus shipping to get my hardcover copy of Foxglove Summer without waiting for its January 6 American publication date.
These books just keep getting better and better. After the cliffhanger ending of the previous book, I am not sure what I was expecting, but for the first time Peter Grant left London and followed his nose and boredom into the wilds of Herefordshire.
Herefordshire is a place I already know and love from the amazing and plentiful Merrily Watkins series. Going there and seeing it through cheeky Peter’s point of view was a delight. This is the first real paper and binding book I’ve read in months, other than research materials. I loved every word of the experience and now am eyeing the other books in the series, considering ordering them in hardcover from the UK, as well.
Building a library of books I love can be expensive, but since I started reading on Kindle I have stopped buying real books unless they are for research (so I can mutilate with highlighters and marginalia) or keepers, and when the keepers were originally published in the UK, I do prefer UK editions....more