E The Male characters are less likeable with perhaps the xception of Jane s father Sir William Adearne an minent Bath surgeon Valentine Ross gets less and less likeable 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 lusive and unattainable be it 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 some lovely descriptions of places Trading Places: The Netherlandish Merchants in Early Modern Venice especially Bath London and the Paris of Haussmann but I found it harder tongage with Borneo This is also true of the storytelling set in Borneo which I find less interesting and overlong Overall it s Jane s story I love the most I like verything about her from her 6 2 stature her independence and unconventional attitude to life 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 Another grand offering by Ms Tremain A novel which has several protagonists all so different and peculiar and interconnected and who are special in their own ways and who seek something or run away from somethingThe year is 1865 and Clorinda Morrissey leaves 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 xpand 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 The Bookshop on the Shore establishes herself in the centre of Bath The path she chooses is not theasiest 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 xchange for my honest review. An altered life and Sir Ralph’s ndeavours become locked 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 xploration of the human urge to seek places of sanctuary in a pitiless worl.
Katie McGrath s power Historical fiction is my joint third most read genre this year and I ve been particularly njoying reading sapphic historical fiction so when I saw this on Netgalley I was so The Day Christ Was Born: The True Account of the First 24 Hours of Jesus's Life excited to read it Sadly however I just didn t click with it andventually DNFed it The writing style is so reminiscent of a 19th century novel and often felt 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 xtremely 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 I liked the perspective of Jane than the perspective of the Rajah But overall I uite njoyed this book I think I should read historical fiction often Katie McGrath narrating book made the ntire xperience 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 loved PostgreSQL Server Programming - Second Edition 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 about life and somehow finding yourself and making something out of yourself hit differently and resonated with me that s one of the reason i loved this book The way all the various protagonist were so different but were so similar in that they were all on the path to somewhere searching for something or getting away from something They were all so uniue to their own story I loved the fact that i did not have a constant feeling or any of them it kept changing I relate to Jane in particular Her coming to terms with how she really feels who she is and knowing that she s destined for something but not sure what speaks to me and i see parts of me in her It s been a while since i saw myself in a character and Jane will for sure stay with me for a while I m so glad this bookxists and that Katie McGrath narrated it 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 Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography 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. She was ‘The Angel of the Baths’ the one woman whose touchverybody yearned for Yet she would do She was certain of that In the city of Bath in the year 1865 an xtraordinary 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 female lover and the promise of a conventional marr.
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 ntirely honest I have other books I would rather read and forcing myself to continue with a book I wasn t njoying would be unproductiveeARC received in xchange for an honest review via NetGalley I am a fan of Rose Tremain s writing and wondered why I wasn t taking to this novel as much as I had xpected to The uality of her writing is undiminished she is an xpert at capturing landscape and cityscape and characters thoughts and feelings I just didn t The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl 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 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 Injoyed all that very much But I found the Borneo strand far too removed from the British and Irish lements to make a cohesive story and I could have done without it altogether A little disappointing overallWith thanks to Random House Vintage via NetGalley for the opportunity to read an ARC The audiobook is narrated by Katie McGrath Do I really need to say I loved this This a story of self determination and life paths chosen what are the driving forces of our 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 with life s punches while the men seem rather ineffectual Many thanks to Netgalley for an arc of this book 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 xtremely well written as you would xpect from a writer of the calibre of Rose Tremain It beautifully and almost forensically reflects the times it s social s beliefs attitudes the scientific understanding and medical beliefs in particular as this is intrinsic to the storytelling The female characters are admirable I love Clorinda s work thic and desire to overcome the poverty and famine of her native Ireland I love Jane s independence and unconventionality which is at total odds with the times something she perhaps inherits from her artist Aunt Emmelin. Iage to an apparently respectable doctor her desires begin to lead her towards a future she had never imaginedMeanwhile on the wild island of Borneo an ccentric 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.
Rose Tremain's best selling novels have won many awards including the Baileys Women's Prize the Whitbread Novel of the Year the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Prix Femina Etranger Restoration the first of her novels to feature Robert Merivel was shortlisted for the Booker Prize She lives in Norfolk and London with the biographer Richard Holmes