Generally we all enjoyed the books to some extent, but had more to say individually. Katherine Webb’s novel was felt to have been well-written and a good read, with plenty of plot and storyline, however some felt that the ending needed a clearer definition: there were interesting threads which we as readers knew to be part of the story but the protagonist seemed to feel satisfied that they were not brought together for her; of course, this is purely the preference of two of the readers. Some members of the group felt that this fact made it more realistic because in life, things aren’t always resolved to everyone’s satisfaction, but we others, whilst recognising this, felt that here, somehow, it would have made for a better ending for everything to be tied up. The characterisation was good and the settings were interesting. Our thanks go to HarperCollins for a copy to review.
Father’s Day was generally liked very much. For a novel whose story involves travelling between the past and the present, generally we felt that this was done seamlessly with items signifying good or important memories invoking events from the past between the two protagonists. The story was told simply and not sentimentally, we felt, although one member of the group disagreed. The back story was intriguing and provided a good deal to question and talk about. The characters were likeable and interesting, with their story, whilst dramatic in itself, told calmly and almost gently. We should like to say thank you to One World Publications for the advance copy.
As usual, we then had a discussion of books which we’d recently read and enjoyed, please see the list below:
A book which looks absolutely fascinating and which I would love to read this summer is A life discarded by Alexander Masters (author of Stuart : a life backwards). He found some diaries in a skip outside a house which was being cleared in Cambridge, and which were written by one hand spanning five decades. Apparently they reveal an ordinary life lived but one which is, at times, shocking, poignant, and hilarious…
If you have read any of these fantastic novels, please do get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.
Finally, we hope, as a group, to see the long-awaited film adaptation of a favourite book of ours, Jojo Moyes’s Me before you, which is out on general release in cinemas from Friday 3rd June…Check out this blog for a review!