Book Reviews – August

The Summer House

Santa Montefiore

Simon & Schuster

A sweeping tale of love, loss and forgiveness, Santa Montefiore’s 12th novel is set in the beautiful house and grounds of Fairfield Park in Hampshire and in the magnificent Swiss Mountains. Lord Frampton has just been killed in a skiing accident, leaving his widow and three sons. At the funeral they see a mysterious young woman they have never met before; in that instant, the day they thought would close a door on the past becomes the day that everything they have ever known is turned upside down.

The Light Between Oceans

M.L Stedman

Black Swan

The Light Between Oceans

was an incredible moving novel about what happens when good people make bad decisions. The story takes place in the town of Point Partageuse, Australia during the 1920s. The story begins when a light house keeper (Tom) and his wife (Isabel) find a life boat with a dead man and live baby in it on the beach and have to make tough decisions regarding the baby’s future
The story itself will touch you emotionally numerous times. Stedman creates some VERY difficult scenarios that make the reader question their own moral standing. The author does a great job of having the reader totally sympathetic to the main characters, despite us knowing that the actions taken by them were wrong. She forms a story so full of grey areas that as a reader you are directly feeling the same inner conflict as Tom and Isabel.

The White Queen

Philippa Gregory

Simon & Schuster

The White Queen

introduces readers to the Cousins’ War through the eyes of Elizabeth Woodville, a long forgotten (and generally disliked) York queen of England. The novel begins with Elizabeth’s chance meeting with the young King Edward of York, not long after his defeat of the Lancaster King Henry. Elizabeth, newly widowed, comes to Edward with a financial plea – but ends up getting more than money in return. Elizabeth manages to ensnare the young King with her remarkable beauty, and the two scandalously and secretly marry for love without the permission of any of Edward’s advisers.

When Elizabeth is finally presented at court as Edward’s wife and the new Queen, the plotting and intrigue begins. Elizabeth, with the help of her Burgundy-born mother, grows from a simple and somewhat naive young woman into a masterful political plotter to navigate the wild English court. Elizabeth quickly moves to raise the status of her family through marriages and alliances while building support for King Edward’s claim to the throne – but it isn’t long until the old Lancaster threat returns.

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