Islands of Mercy
She was ‘The Angel of the Baths’, the one woman whose touch everybody yearned for. Yet she would do more. She was certain of that.
In the city of Bath, in the year 1865, an extraordinary young woman renowned for her nursing skills is convinced that some other destiny will one day show itself to her. But when she finds herself torn between a dangerous affair with a fema...more
A novel which has several protagonists, all so different and peculiar and interconnected, and who are special in their own ways, and who seek something or run away from something.
The year is 1865, and Clorinda Morrissey leaves Dublin to seek fortune in Bath. Jane Adearne, a nurse called the Angel of Bath, helps the infirm to regain their health. Valentine Ross, a surgeon working together with Sir William Adearne, Jane's father, decides to 'pop a question' to ...more
First of all, this is extremely well written as you would expect from a writer of the calibre of Rose Tremain. It beautifully and almost forensically reflects the times - it’s social mores, beliefs, attitudes, the scientific unde ...more
That being said, this book in itself was magnificent. I loved everything about it, from the characters to their different plots and the writing, chefs' kiss. This was my first Tremain book and i am so glad i came across her. I can't really describe it but her writing made me feel some type of way and i want to feel that way again.
Part of the plot being about life ...more
So the book is finished, I mean the audiobook version and I can now just go around yapping how talented Miss McGrath is cause she truly is! Listening to her I really had an experience many people narra ...more
Now the development of Jane is just *chef's kiss* and the story telling is just amazing. Every characters are intertwined and each chapters brings out a whole other side of their respective stories.
I found that they were nearly all relatively good characters on the moral front (jury's still out on Leon) EXCEPT Dr. Valen ...more
Islands of Mercy is also an erotic novel. All the sex scenes are between characters of the same sex except, occasionally, reference is ...more
I read Rose Tremain's The American Lover, which I found absolutely wonderful. I was very excited for this new novel of hers. Sadly, it wasn't for me.
Although Islands of Mercy has some stunning writing, I'm afraid to say I was bored throughout what I read. There are multiple storylines, but I did not find all of them equally interesting. Perhaps Tremain brings these different strands together in a satisfying way, but I simply didn't have the patience to wait for her to get that fa ...more
Also, I was pleasantly surprised that the characters I wanted to get happy endings got them, and the ones I didn't didn't. ...more
The book is set in 1865 and follows the story of Jane Adeane, who becomes known as the Angel of the Baths thanks to her extraordinary nursing skills. Jane is sure that she has something important to offer and as the story develops we see conflict develop in her life. She attempts to conform to expected roles, but realises tha ...more