Love, Revenge and Buttered Scones by Bobbie Darbyshire
…fun and fast paced
When three individuals with three different purposes board a train to Inverness they would never guess how their stories would interwine. Bobbie Darbyshire captures the art of good storytelling resulting in a book you can’t put down easily.
The plot is developed from the perspectives of Henry, Peter and Elena, each picking the story up in their own style. With such a collection of weird and wonderful characters it is interesting to see how each perceives their fellow travellers and the situation they find themselves in.
Henry holds an obsession for a writer which has been consuming his life. His quest to turn the fantasy into a reality is an interesting one especially as his mother’s ghost accompanies him on his adventure.
Peter, an academic, is in search of a poet but comes across something quite different. He is a complex character and it is difficult to tell if you like him or not. Arrogant is one word you may use to describe him but fun is another.
Elena has always been aware of a shame surrounding her family in her native Spain. Although the resons have been kept secret, her Aunt’s death promts Elena to find out the truth and also to take revenge. Like Peter, her journey leads her to something quite different. Her family history is such an interesting one it is a shame there isn’t more development of this storyline.
The novel is one of drama and humour, and at times you wonder whether to laugh or cringe with embarrassment. For so many conflicting storylines powered with emotion the ending, however, seemed a little too tidy and easily wrapped up. There is a nice little twist at the end but it didn’t seem enough for all the complications that each character faced.
Ultimately, this is a great book for anyone looking to lose themselves for several hours. It would also make a great read for all book clubs to feature and if you don’t belong to one then join the discussion in our forum and enjoy this very entertaining novel.
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