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The Wilding by Maria McCann
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Aug 31, 2011

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Read from August 20 to 31, 2011

I really don't know whether to give this book 4 stars or just 3 stars. It is set just after the English Civil War and locals are still living with the consequences. Senses of time and place are wonderfully constructed. Jonathan's journeys through the countryside as he goes about his business of cider-making have real authenticity. The author portrays his task with vivid clarity. Maybe it is because I am able to believe totally in the setting that I feel the plot is at times slightly less credible. A good example: Throughout, Jonathan is spurred on by a recurring nightmare. A dead relative is trying to pass on a message. I have some difficulty with that.
Overall, the book is certainly well written, the style reminiscent of a childhood classic - Kidnapped. But I have settled for 3 stars as I find the the contrast between what is 'real' and the storyline itself a bit too great.

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