Last week I had total book exhaustion. Finding my reading list piling up and after finishing a book which was quite horrific in both plot and page count I needed a break. For a week after I tried to pick up books with none of them settling me into their story and certainly not gripping me into complete submission making me unable to put the book down.
Until I decided to pick up this gem….
I haven’t read anything by Rachel Hore before although I had been aware her novel, A Place of Secrets, had made it onto the Richard and Judy book club list. As soon I was into the first chapter, I was hooked; and now have the difficulty in finding enough time in the day to indulge myself in the story.
Its one of those stories in two parts. After her father’s death in 2011 Lucy Cardwell discovers documents relating to her family history and an Uncle she had never heard of. Determined to find out more, she visits the Cornish village her Grandmother grew up in. Here she meets Beatrice Ashton who becomes narrator of her own tale; her friendship with Lucy’s Grandmother; Angelina, how she fell in love with a boy named Rafe, and how her story links into Lucy’s.
As I gobble up chapters I can safely say the stressed parts of my brain have switched off and the imagination has kicked in. I can’t wait, but dread at the same time, getting to the conclusion.
A Gathering Storm is Hore’s fifth novel so there is plenty more great stories to keep me going for a while.
Check back for the full review soon.