I pushed the wrong button on Amazon.com and bought this by mistake, so felt I’ll have to read it on principle. It started out with yet another marriage break up, but something in the style kept me going, and I’m so, so glad I did!
Here’s a couple who get back together again and work through it – how completely refreshing, and its well described with all the pain and doubt. Then Cammy decides to move to Saint Gabriel, an Island somewhere off the USA. Now I have absolutely no idea where it could be, I can’t find it on the Internet, so it’s another place, someone enlighten me? I loved the descriptions of the Island, which usually is a thing that easily bores. I think the difference is that its set in reality which makes writing so different compared to when you are creating a place in your mind’s eye.
The way the text was written made us know that Cammy settles here, for example saying Sara is her friend rather than became a friend, see what I mean. The book really does read like a personal account of someone doing a move and settling in a new place – now that’s not easy to achieve. Cammy’s character, for example her love of lists is so simply displayed, cos there are lists in the story!
The only bit that didn’t quite gel for me was her finding her relations, I don’t think there were enough hooks earlier in the plot, but it did explain her fascination for the Island!
I’ve always loved stories of someone moving to a new place, making a new start, and can’t for the life of me imagine why. I looked back to books such as the Little White Horse, and the Herb of Grace by Elizabeth Goudge, and The Black Hunting whip by Monica Edwards, and this is also a theme in Howard Spring‘s work, another favourite of mine. maybe its the excitement of the new and they are all set in real places too. Anyway, this book had it all for me!
PS. The author herself says its Mackinac Island, Michigan , so I’m off to explore on the net. I’m so smitten with the descriptions in the book, I just have to see!
- Rosemary Sutcliff loved Elizabeth Goudge’s novels | Signed copy of The White Witch (therosemarysutcliffarchive.wordpress.com)