This is a story told in alternating time frames from main character Vera’s perspective The story spans a period of ten years in Vera’s life from her time at Vassar to her socialite life on Park Avenue. . AS Vera looks back on her life she remembers a friendship that almost destroyed her. Currently living in the lap of luxery, Vera is not happy. Her unhappiness leads to having an affair The man Vera is having an affair with has lead a unsavory and mysterious life. As Vera finds out about this mans past she must make some hard decisions.
I enjoyed this story. The changes between Vera’s currently life and to that of her past were seemless and easy to follow, I thought the author did a great job of doing this. The characters were intresting albeit a little flat at times and unbelievable. Overall, the story quickly drew me and kept me wanting to read more.
I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
This is a supub debut novel by author Camille Di Maio. The novel spans several decades of Julianne Westcott’s life. Julianne is from an affluent family in prewar Liverpool. Julianne has her pick of eligible bachelors but only has eyes for the gardener’s son, Kyle = an Irish-Catholic – her mother believes he’s beneath her and her father forbids her to see because of his religion. Julianne’s family has harbored a secret for many years that shatters her idyllic family picture. As Julianne’s feelings for Kyle grow, she makes some life altering decisions that affect not only her but those around her.
I was immediately swept up in this story and I had to know what was going to happen next. The author has paced the telling of this story in such a way the story moves along quickly but isn’t rushed. I really felt as though I got to know the characters and could feel the depth and emotion of the characters.
This is a book that ran the spectrum of emotions for me. I cried, laughed and yelled at some of the decisions being made. The writer AS the book starts in prewar Liverpool, you can sense the anxiety the characters feel with the grim prospect of entering another war. Then as the war starts, the desperationand fear. This book certainly is a roller coaster of emotions.
I thought this was a very well written nvel and I look forward to reading this author’s future novels.
I received a copy of this manuscript from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.