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About the Author
- ASIN : B0785S349X
- Publisher : Cranbrook Press (January 3, 2018)
- Publication date : January 3, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 833 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 286 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #221,457 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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But their actions are no more believable than they were in the previous book. Jim claims to love Joan but doesn't act like it. (Just as she supposedly loved him in the previous book but never acted like it.) They both claim to love their son Jimmy but mostly push him off on his aunt or grandmother. Grieving widow Alice is so horny she repeatedly has sex with a repulsive, abusive man. (And after the scene in which Alice sees the man trying to rape Joan while Joan tries to fight him off and Alice accuses her of enjoying it, I again have to wonder if the author has ever had sex.)
More subtle, we are repeatedly told that the characters suddenly change the way they feel about things without being shown how they reach that decision.
The thing I like most about Flynn's books is the detail, and here as always she brings in all the details of life on a Canadian farm after WWII without detracting from the story. I have to say I skipped the details of Jim's service in Italy.
The ending was a little better than the one in the previous book. However, it still left things unresolved. How would they recover from Jim spending all his savings? Will Joan's mother and cousin stay in their lives, and if so, how? Where is Jimmy in the last scene? And good grief, wouldn't the last line make Jim wonder if Joan is just being practical and not acting out of love?
I loved The Gamekeeper's Wife, but I doubt I'll try any more books by this author.
The book begins in Ontario, Canada, in September 1945. Jim Armstrong has come home. His brother did not make it back from the war and his widow lives on the farm with her daughter. Joan and their son remain in England. Jim is not the same man who left. He has seen too much, heard too much, experienced too much. He is lonely for his wife and persuades her to bring their son to Canada “for a while”, with the caveat that they would return to England. Joan and Jimmy come to the farm and are lovingly welcomed by Jim. Not so much by Jim’s mother and ex-fiancée. Joan is left adrift, with no one to talk to, nothing to do, stuck in the country away from city life.
This story is as engrossing as the first book in the series and I was hard put to stop reading when I had to do something else. I love Clare Flynn’s writing and will definitely find more of her books to read.
showing how lives are intertwined & how even the smallest smile or cheery hello can change a life. It is also a continuation study on the effects of war .......for years after the fighting is over.
Top reviews from other countries
There are plenty of twists and turns in this heartwarming saga. The reader gets a sense of being in the moment and in the Canadian landscape and way of life. There are plenty of stories within the one story involving love, pain, relationship problems on many levels and there is a thriller element to the story in a couple of places.
I highly recommend this book and The Chalky Sea if you haven't already read it. Well done Clare!
I'll not go into detail about plot because other readers have done this. Suffice to say you should read The Chalky Sea first if you want to get the best out of The Alien Corn. I am looking forward to Book No 3. I am so happy I found Clare Flynn and will be reading her other books.