A surprisingly uick read considering the size of novel but one I can understand is going to appeal to a broad of the novel but I can understand is going to appeal to a broad of historical fiction readersSet in the 1960s London the reader is introduced to the alluring and aloof Severine Kassel an antiue jewellery historian briefly working in the British Museum Called into to examine a uniue and priceless garment of pearls her past suddenly crashes into her present and all the horrors she experienced in World War II resurface Thankfully she has the help of Daniel and later Edward to help her chase down the brutal ghost of her
Past Who Is Attempting To who is attempting to from her family heirloomI experienced multiple lulls throughout this book at times the plot stagnated or there was a sudden rush of historical information that felt like I was reading a tourist guide to the location and I must admit disbelief at the easy way every man fell instantly in love with the main character The one absolute shining grace for me was Edward I adored him and he absolutely changed the novel for me especially given that he entered the scene uite late and was the first of many revelationsWhilst immensely readable I prefer the other historical fictions I have read that handled the hunt for a Nazi war criminal with intensity and ethical uestioning The Pearl Thief by Fiona McIntosh is an intense detailed read emotional and confronting at timesThe story begins in the cobblestoned streets of Prague within sight of The Prague Orloj The Astronomical Clock in The Town Hall Suare and then later onto forest woodlands where something uite unforeseen occurs which will change the lives of some foreverThis is historical fiction at its finest with a touch of espionage and details how life changed when Hitler s Nazis invaded CzechoslovakiaKindertransport made an escape possible for some of the children of Prague by train to the safety of LondonThis is Katerina s story of survival revenge and her sighting of the pearlsThis is not just a story about any pearls but about many exuisite ornate and historical pearls and jewelsCan you guess who stole the pearlsIs it possible to regain your life and take control after a traumatic eventCan we ever find a love so pure under the dark shadows that lurk behind or may follow usThere is light at the end of the tunnel where church bells chime and a touch of Christmas unfolds for a time of joy and laughterLearn how to find the difference between a real pearl and a fake oneIt was a great joy to read The Pearl Thief by Fiona McIntosh and to revisit some of the places I ve been to and discover new ones along the way This is a very special book for me as my father was born in Prague I now this book is meant to be commercial fiction easy to read a Christmas present made to make money but one thing it rarely is is engagingI struggled to finish this even in the audiobook version The story is just meh overly dramatic and predictable There are interminable passages of characters providing fun facts about history and places like the author shouting in your face See I do my research The characters also spend a lot of time justifying themselves to each other and explaining things about the story All this made the book uite boring and tedious at times In the end it is what it s meant to be a mediocre generic novel with a ton of marketing to support itI d tell anyone not to bother even if you re looking for a light entertaining read for your commute there are so much better commercial books out there Antiue jewellery was Severine Kassel s forte so when her colleagues showed her some jewellery which had been loaned to the Museum they reuested her expertise on the pearls But Severine s normally controlled demeanor cracked when she saw what was in front of her and her horrific past came rushing back The horrors Severine had buried for twenty years clawed at her she needed to Berlioz and the Romantic Century keep it together But he was there Nazi Ruda Mayek was in every corner every thought She needed to find himDaniel Horrowitz had been an agent for Mossad now retired he was soon back in the fold when he discovered Severine Mossad were after the Nazi war criminal and with Severine snowledge the hunt was on When Severine learned of the solicitor who was handling the pearls she thought he could help But Edward Summerbee was bound by client confidentiality and refused to help Severine She was determined to trace the man who had changed her life irrevocably and although running out of options she continued Would she find him Would she be able to confront her past and finally put it behind herSet in Prague Paris and Yorkshire from 1939 to 1963 The Pearl Thief by Aussie author Fiona McIntosh took my breath away Astounding brilliant heartbreakingly poignant I loved this amazing novel 500 pages long with everything I have This is my favourite novel so far this year for a long while actually The A sweeping epic story of love and betrayal from international bestselling author Fiona McIntosh perfect for fans of Dinah Jefferies and Natasha LesterWhen Severine Kassel is asked to authenticate some exuisite Byzantine pearls loaned to the Brit. .
Fiona McIntosh ã 5 DownloadMust confront the man who took both the pearls and her family from her Nazi Ruda Mayek Moments of espionage define The Pearl Thief which comes in the form of a Mossad agent who becomes Severine s ally One final piece to this sad family puzzle is about to be revealed thanks to the cat and mouse chase to capture Ruda MayekI ve really been looking forward to The Pearl Thief it is one of my most anticipated reads of 2018 and it is nice to send the year out on a high with this wonderful historical fiction narrative When Fiona McIntosh was touring in 2016 To Promote Her Novel her novel Chocolate Tin I first heard about her to write The Pearl Thief This included the research she had already undertaken to get the ball rolling in writing this novel Now two years later The Pearl Thief has arrived and gosh was this an unforgettable readThose who closely follow the work of Fiona McIntosh will now just how seriously she takes her writing and historical research The Pearl
Thief has been years in the making and has been shapedhas been years in the making and has been shaped first hand visits to the amazing locales featured in the novel along with rounds of meticulous research As always with Fiona McIntosh the end product of all her research is a book that manages to balance careful historical fact and new details all within a wholly engaging narrative In The Pearl Thief expect to learn much about Prague and the Czechoslovakian experience of World War II the vital role of the Kindertransport initiative and the work of Mossad agents in post World War II to capture war criminals My most favourite part of the book was the work conducted by Severine her career as a museum curator of antiues with a specialisation of jewellery was incredibly enlightening I loved this section of the narrative very muchMcIntosh has a nack for including plenty of intriguing locales in her novels that are vivid and well drawn The Pearl Thief is a very good example of McIntosh s expertise in this area As a result we are transported to Prague as the Nazi war machine hits through to the stunning streets of Paris bustling London and the breathtaking beauty of the Yorkshire moors In each locale the stage is set up to perfection adding to the rich atmosphere and tension of the novelCharacterisation seems effortless to Fiona McIntosh Each and every character featured in The Pearl Thief is carefully carved out Severine the lead of the tale is stretched and pulled in many different directions but we still receive a very clear picture of her innermost thoughts Initially Severine was presented as cold distanced and aloof She uickly grew on me and as her tragic story was uncovered I felt nothing but sheer admiration for her Severine s spirit is strong and she is a determined young woman despite her setbacks Alongside Severine we have two men vying for her affections I liked both these figures who were outlined incredibly well by McIntosh I liked how their own side stories were linked to the events in the novel and they added an essential blanket layer to this intriguing narrative In Ruda Mayek McIntosh has crafted the ultimate bad guy Readers will appreciate all this character s storyline has to offerOver the years I have indulged in plenty of World War II based novels It always amazes me when I come across a segment of the war that I was not previously aware of I would like to extend my thanks to Fiona McIntosh for drawing my attention to the important work of those who risked their lives to save the young through the Kindertransport system Likewise I have nothing but respect for those who survived the atrocities of war lost everything and still helped to bring war criminals justice I pause for a moment to appreciate their legacyI can think of no other writer to approach the topics presented in The Pearl Thief with such intelligence insight and respect Fiona McIntosh has outdone herself yet again especially with that last hour twist Thank you for your Christmas gift of The Pearl ThiefThe Pearl Thief is book 151 of the Australian Women Writers ChallengeI wish to thank Penguin Books Australia for a copy of this book Oh wow I thoroughly enjoyed this bookto the point of waking at 3am and reading for 40 minutes Thanks Fiona absolutely loved it While this book s premise and excellent writing grabbed me I m afraid I couldn t get past the scene where the oh so secretive heroine who goes to great lengths to eep her secrets safe even assuming a false name decides to blurt everything to some stranger she just met in the park I didn t feel there was sufficient justification for her to do that and this threw me out of the story to such an extent I lost the will to continue reading what I m sure would otherwise have been a great story I spent two and a half minutes reading this shallow vapid nonsense before concluding that watching grass grow would be a far mentally stimulating activit. On to help the solicitor handling the sale of the pearls is bound by client confidentiality As Severine follows Mayek's trail the tightly controlled life she's built around herself is shattered Will her own carefully guarded secrets be revealed. Roken woman who was the main character was flawlessly crafted the accompanying characters perfectly matched The obvious research done by McIntosh is something she brings to all her novels and it pays off with the class and brilliance that is The Pearl Thief To all fans of historical fiction I recommend this novel highly I received a copy of this book from Penguin Books Australia in exchange recommend this novel highly I received a copy of this book from Penguin Books Australia in exchange an honest review all thoughts are my ownThis was my first time reading a Fiona McIntosh book and I daresay won t be my last The author weaves such stunning stories and within conveys such potent imagery here in London coupled with flash backs to Nazi occupied Germany made for such a powerful reading experienceI ve said it before Historical Fiction for me is one of my favourite genres purely because I feel like it allows me to take a step through time and put myself in these characters shoes let alone imagine a glimpse of the horrors that these people would have gone throughSeverine instantly intrigued me I felt drawn to this character and felt like she had a mysterious aura about her and I needed to now Why was she so secretiveAs the story progressed I was eually horrified for what Severine as she goes by nowadays but then learning about her true identity and the heartbreaking history behind how she got to where she is now was just so sad and you can definitley feel every inch of her pain and her reluctance to open up and convey those painful memoriesI was instantly memorized by the way Fiona McIntosh weaves the past and present together as Severine meets Daniel who is instantly drawn in by her or does he have his own motives Well you ll just have to read the book and find outDaniel was a character that honestly up until halfway through the book I was totally weary of I didn t Building the Cold War: Hilton International Hotels and Modern Architecture know if he was playing on Severine s trust to gain information or if he was earnest in his frirbdship but I had fun trying to piece things together as they were revealed And the truth was indeed potent and emotional I feel like these characters and this story will be one that ll be sticking in my mind for time to comeThe prologue was instantly raw and powerful and until a certain point in the book I didn tnow how important those events would be for what was to come but it was such a joy to see things come to pass The emotions were and are real as I m still thinking about the revelation as I typeThis book has definitley made me want to check out Fiona McIntosh s other books for she captured so many emotions within this book I felt such love at times for Severine and Edward but at one tiny revelation I was shocked and horrified at something Severine confessed to get tormentor Ruda I loathed him but pitied him at times and then wanted to weep for thinking what I thought And Edward what a character I loved his interactions with Severine and his character development too Daniels as well for that matterThis was just such a beautiful and emotional roller coaster ride of a book which looking back I can t find fault with so thank you again to Penguin Books Australia for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review I have not read any Fiona Mcintosh books before and after this I probably won t again The premise of the story was good but it could have been developed much further and deeper instead of page after page describing how amazingly beautiful stylishintelligentperfect Severine is plus how every man that clocks eyes on her falls in love with her talk about labouring the point I found it all a bit unbelievable and over the top for my taste Not my cup of tea at all starsTake a historical adventure with accomplished Australian novelist and historical fiction specialist Fiona McIntosh In The Pearl Thief McIntosh sweeps readers away to war torn Prague Paris 1960s London and the breathtaking Yorkshire moors It is a journey and a half filled with moments of heart stopping survival devastating choices realisation acceptance love and hopeIn The Pearl Thief a predator becomes prey which is an exciting introduction to the latest release from Fiona McIntosh Severine Kassel is the lady of this tale Severine receives a secondment from her employer the Louvre in Paris to join the British Museum Recently a devastating set of pearls have emerged from the ashes of World War II As Severine is a well respected specialist in the field of antiue jewellery she is naturally the most obvious figure to examine to pearls However underneath the veneer Severine has carefully built for herself as a cool and mysterious antiue specialist when the layers are chipped back what surfaces is a desperately hurt and damaged woman The Byzantine pearls are a devastating link to Severine s tragic past It is a past Severine has tried hard to forget However the appearance of the pearls signals a new chapter in Severine s life she. Ish Museum she shocks everyone by claiming they belong to her family Her revelation sets off a frenzied pursuit of former Nazi Ruda Mayek with an ex Mossad agent coming out of retirement to join the searchBut the one person Severine was counting. ,