I often want to have the ability to just have a couple of months where all I need to do is nothing other than walk and read and just spend days and days reading my ever-growing pile of books. A pile that I frequently look at and vow not to buy another one till I have finished the pile and then before I know it another book catches my eye. It was a resolve I made again post-Christmas only to find that Mainstreet Trading the local bookshop has strategically placed a table of books right by the café counter and each and every time I have been in as I pay for my coffee I pay for another book. The books seem to be just my genre and I am now wondering if they are re stocking the table with me in mind!
One of those books was my third book of the year Apple Tree Yard. This was a book my sister – in – law had recommended and was on my wish list so when I saw it on the table by the café counter it felt like the time to read it. The book is Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty and it is one of those books I would have liked to read in one sitting. Sadly work and family commitments didn’t allow for that. But it was read fairly quickly and while reading it was the last thing I thought of when I went to sleep and the first thing I thought of when I started to wake up.
The book is set in London and much of the action takes place around the Houses of Parliament and Westminster. Having just recently been in London I could picture the key scenes perfectly though even if I hadn’t the writing was so descriptive you would be there as well even if you had never visited London. We open at the Old Bailey. The key character is at the Old Bailey on trial. We soon learn she has a co accused and that this co accused is the reason that she is there or is he? We then get taken backwards and forwards to learn why they are both on trial for murder and if they both are innocent or guilty which literally takes you to the final words of the book.
“For a few minutes more, we will pretend – I am yours and you mine, and neither of us have any choice in that, and if we have no choice then we have no responsibility either. If we are the victims of our desires, our overwhelming desires, then none of this is our fault, is it? No one will get hurt. We are free from shame, from guilt. We are innocent.”
But people do get hurt and not just the murder victim. At the end I did feel sorry for some of the characters and admired the ability to forgive of others. But the main characters? No for me despite mitigating circumstances they played with fire and got caught. I would though highly recommend this book especially if you have a long journey or you are lucky enough to be going on holiday and if you are planning a trip to London it should be a must.
I am now well into book four which is my book club book of the month recommended by a close friend of mine. It’s also a book I could just curl up and read preferably by a fire while snowing outside. I am almost finished and was planning to review it this week too. But I don’t want to hurry to end this book. It deserves to have time spent on it. So it will be the focus of the next review. Along with maybe two children’s books as I am ending two books with my daughter and son both of which have been greatly enjoyable. Till next time.