I really enjoyed this contemporary novel. It starts off with three American backpackers planning their last night in Paris which ends in disaster and the tale is told in the first person by the protagonist in the form of Jessica. We see how she copes with the aftermath of an event where she barely survived and how she processes guilt, grief and the traumatic stress of a survivor. This book also deals with the topic of platonic friendships between people of the opposite sex. Patrick is an exuberant and flamboyant character who has an eye for antiques and often finds valuable Objet d'art in flea markets and online auctions and he persuades Jessica to take one last trip and drive to the south of France after she is discharged from hospital, instead of heading back to her parents
As I said back when the Man Booker Prize longlist was announced I am going to try and read as much of the longlist as I can before the winner is revealed in the middle of October. The longlist was announced on the 27th June and we will know the shortlist around the middle of September.
This is a two weekly update as I have been firstly a bit unmotivated and secondly we have been down visiting my parents in Cornwall and enjoying the British summer time (of rain and occasional sunshine). We also went to St Ives not knowing that it was lifeboat day and the crowds where massive, but we did see the lifeboat launch.
I was in a bit of a reading slump and really not getting into any of the books I was reading. Then this arrived on my doorstep (courtesy of Bookbridgr and the Headline Publishing) and even though I normally steer clear of romance this book really got me absorbed almost instantly.
It is at heart a mystery novel where Edvard attempts to find the truth about his parents death following a trail of clues to the Shetland Islands and then to battlefields from world war one in northern France. This book is beautifully written with very evocative language.
Its been a bit of a funny week, the weather has been very on and off and it's still the middle of the school summer holidays my daughter and I have been taking it in turns to play Minecraft for an hour and we have both become a little addicted again. I think I will knock this on the head soon as it has lead to a sulky child.
Wow, I have been nominated for my first ever award. Stephanie@ Stephanies Novel Fiction has nominated me for The Awesome Blogger Award, thanks Steph. The Rules 1. Thank the person who nominated you. 2. Include the reason behind the award. 3. Include the banner in your post. 4. Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader. 5. Answer the questions your nominator gave you. 6. Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers. 7. Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer. 8. Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated.
This book took me a month to read, and that is a long time for me, it never grabbed me in as much as I had to read this book and ignore all others, but it kept my interest. This was my bedtime reading and has a slightly gentle feel to it.
Its been the first week of the kids summer holidays, and of course the first thing my daughter did, is get sick, with high fevers and all that. She got better for Wednesday and Thursday and now she is sick again, not sure why. I also ended up working both Saturday and Sunday long days due to the weather my OH normally goes to a motor-cross track with his motorbike on Saturday but this was cancelled so I worked instead.