Books 62 and 63

I have read six books this month but have not caught up writing reviews for them on this blog.  Varied excuses.  One I have been juggling child care and work and two I have suffered most of the month with toothache which has dragged me down somewhat.  So have been doing the minimum to get by.  But kids back to school now.  Toothache not over but getting better.  So time to catch up with book reviews.

Book 62 is written by the historian who was on Restoration Man on CH4 Kate Williams.  She has just published her first novel set in the First World War called “The Storms of War”.  It is about a wealthy German Family living in Britain in 1914 and takes you through what happens to them over the course of the four years.  They regard themselves as British but they are not regarded as such by the Brits  and it was a very good insight into how that might have felt and how awful it must have been to be treated as a traitor when you weren’t.  The book takes you to the Front and Kate Williams doesn’t hide how awful and gruesome and brutal that was.  She also looks at internment on the Isle of Man and elsewhere and finally how life was for women at the home front.  As she is a historian you know it is very accurate.  Many of the characters including the main female lead I didn’t warm too but in some ways that didn’t matter.  It did what I wanted gave me a real insight into life 100 years ago.

Book 63 “A Possible Life” by Sebastian Faulks I thought also was about the war this time the second.  I love his books and the cover both front and back drew me to buy it.  But once I started reading the book I realised that it was a book of short stories.  I am not a short story fan they are in short too short for me to get into them.  And I felt let down as I thought it was a novel.  So though the first story was excellent though very sad.  I struggled with the rest and overall it was a huge disappointment though that said I do love his writing and ability to create fully formed characters.

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40 plus mum of two married with a mad cocker spaniel. Along with two colleagues run Bright Light Marketing a rural marketing agency who specialise in getting rural businesss noticed. www.brightlightmarketing.co.uk. Live in St Boswells in the wonderful Scottish Borders. Love books, walking and living life to the full here in the Scottish Borders though its sometimes a juggle!
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