I Are You There God? It's Me M loved this This a story of self determination andife paths chosen what are the driving forces of our Evan (O'Connor Brothers Vol. 5) lives What motivates What holds us back The characters are well drawn the settings Ireland Bath and Borneo The women seem stronger than the men capable of rolling withife s punches while the men seem rather ineffectual Many thanks to Netgalley for an arc of this book I put this book down at 8% after reading the first four chapters Unfortunately I couldn t get past the writing style The author has attempted to emulate the typical writing and narrative styles of the 19th century when the book is set which has resulted in a rather dry and to put it bluntly boring book as far as I read Nothing about the first few chapters gripped me and the way certain themes were handled and discussed such as miscarriages made me uncomfortable To be entirely honest I have OTHER BOOKS I WOULD RATHER READ AND FORCING MYSELF books I would rather read and forcing myself continue with A Book I Wasn T book I wasn t would be unproductiveeARC received in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley Historical fiction is my joint third most read genre this year and I ve been particularly enjoying reading sapphic historical fiction so when I saw this on Netgalley I was so excited to read it Sadly however I just didn t click with it and eventually DNFed it The writing style is so reminiscent of a 19th century novel and often felt On Hitler's Mountain Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood PS like I was being read to The book is told in third person perspectives by some omnipresent narrator that switched between characters and places halfway through a chapter with no warning and as such I just couldn t connect to the story at all Theresa also mentions in her review that the topic of miscarriage is handled very poorly and extremely insensitively and I completely agree This really just wasn t for me but if you are a real fan of historical fiction maybe give it a shot This ambitious novel takes us from Dublin to Bath with Clorinda Morrissey from Bath to London and Paris with the Angel of Bath Jane Adearne and to Borneo with Sir Ralph Savage and Edmund Ross brother of Valentine Ross the would be husband of Jane The year is 1865 First of all this is extremely well written as you would expect from a writer of the calibre of Rose Tremain It beautifully and almost forensically reflects the times it s social s beliefs. She was ‘The Angel of the Baths’ the one woman whose touch everybody yearned for Yet she would do She was certain of that In the city of Bath in the year 1865 an extraordinary young woman renowned for her nursing skills is convinced that some other destiny will one day show itself to her But when she finds herself torn between a dangerous affair with a femaleover and the promise of a conventional marr. ,
D from the British and Irish elements to make a cohesive story and I could have done without it altogether A ittle disappointing overallWith thanks to Random House Vintage via NetGalley for the opportunity to read an ARC I iked the perspective of Jane than the perspective of the Rajah But overall I uite enjoyed this book I think I should read historical fiction often Another Grand Offering By Ms Tremain A Novel Which Has grand offering by Ms Tremain A novel which has protagonists all so different and peculiar and interconnected and who are special in their own ways who are special in their own ways who seek something or run away from somethingThe year is 1865 and Clorinda Morrissey eaves Dublin to seek fortune in Bath Jane Adearne a nurse called the Angel of Bath helps the infirm to regain their health Valentine Ross a surgeon working together with Sir William Adearne Jane s father decides to pop a uestion to Jane Valentine s brother Edmund travels to Borneo to expand his knowledge on botany These are the moments when the real uest begins for the characters I found the descriptions of all paces vivid and together with insight into social and moral aspects Ms Tremain managed to provide an authentic feel of the places and timesI suppose while reading Clorinda Morressey won my heart She is poor yet she wants to be an independent woman not willing to be a servant and with money she receives from selling family heirloom she establishes herself in the centre of Bath The path she chooses is not the easiest for a woman in Victorian England and yet she succeeds not only in her businessBeautiful narration and the need to find out how they will develop made this story unputdownable for meMany thanks to Rose Tremain Random House UK and NetGalley for arc in exchange for my honest review The audiobook is narrated by Katie McGrath Do I really need to say Katie McGrath narrating book made the entire experience so much better and I d gladly sign a petition for her to narrate books That being said this book in itself was magnificent I Pip Sueak Saves the Day Medici Books for Children loved everything about it from the characters to their different plots and the writing chefs kiss This was my first Tremain book and i am so glad i came across her I can t really describe it but her writing made me feel some type of way and i want to feel that way again Part of the plot being aboutife Katie McGrath s power. An altered Dragonsbane life and Sir Ralph’s endeavours becomeocked together as the story journeys across the globe – from the confines of an English tearoom to the rainforests of a tropical island via the slums of Dublin and the transgressive fancy dress boutiues of Paris Islands of Mercy is a novel that ignites the senses and is a bold exploration of the human urge to seek places of sanctuary in a pitiless worl. .
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Attitudes the scientific understanding and medical beliefs in particular as this is intrinsic to the storytelling The female characters are admirable I ove Clorinda s work ethic and desire to overcome the poverty and famine of her native Ireland I Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator love Jane s independence and unconventionality which is at total odds with the times something she perhaps inherits from her artist Aunt Emmeline The Male characters areess Understanding the Black Economy and Black Money in India likeable with perhaps the exception of Jane s father Sir William Adearne an eminent Bath surgeon Valentine Ross getsess and Desperate (Bad Baker Boys, lessikeable as the book progresses as he perceives he will not be able to control Jane I m not sure what to make of The Rajah Sir Ralph Savage who is so rich he spends his money on pointless things just because he can maybe that s the point All the characters are searching for something that s possibly elusive and unattainable be it Biocentrismo. L'universo, la coscienza. La nuova teoria del tutto love whether of the kind at odds with society at the time friendship freedom some are ambitious and ruthless in seeking their desires but all are trying to survive the constraints of the times and circumstances There are someovely descriptions of places especially Bath London and the Paris of Haussmann but I found it harder to engage with Borneo This is also true of the storytelling set in Borneo which I find ess interesting and overlong Overall it s Jane s story I ove the most I How Drawings Work like everything about her from her 6 2 stature her independence and unconventional attitude toife which is a pretty tricky thing in the reign of Victoria With thanks to NetGalley and Random House UK Vintage Chatto and Windus for the ARC I am a fan of Rose Tremain s writing and wondered why I wasn t taking to this novel as much as I had expected to The uality of her writing is undiminished she is an expert at capturing andscape and cityscape and characters thoughts and undiminished she is an expert at capturing andscape and cityscape and characters thoughts and I just didn t engage with those characters Of them all perhaps Clorinda s journey was the most captivating she is intuitive honest with herself and others driven to better her own and others Whisper Loudly lives Jane and the Rajah in their own ways hope to do this too of course and struggling with personal or social circumstances while keeping one s own integrity forms a major theme of the novel I enjoyed all that very much But I found the Borneo strand far too remove. Iage to an apparently respectable doctor her desires begin toead her towards a future she had never imaginedMeanwhile on the wild island of Borneo an eccentric British ‘rajah’ Sir Ralph Savage overflowing with philanthropy but compromised by his passions sees his schemes relentlessly undermined by his own fragility by man’s innate greed and by the invasive power of the forest itselfJane’s uest for.