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The Apple Picker's Daughter Paperback – October 21, 2015
This month's Book With Buzz: "Stranger in the House" by Shari Lapena
In this neighborhood, danger lies close to home. A thriller packed full of secrets and a twisty story that never stops - from the bestselling author of "The Couple Next Door." See more
About the Author
Anne Brooke lives in Surrey, UK. She is a multi-published author in a variety of genres, including romance, fantasy, comedy, thrillers, biblical fiction and the occasional chicklit novel. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize (for novels set in London) and the Royal Literary Fund Scheme. When not writing, she spends time in the garden attempting to differentiate between flowers and weeds. Occasionally, she can also be found in the kitchen making cakes. Every now and again, they are edible.
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Top customer reviews
I found this story astonishing. To a degree, Clare reminded me of the character created by Beverly Cleary, Ramona, because both children are really in their heads and puzzled by things others take for granted. Ramona, however, is better grounded, it seems to me than Clare.
Clare is a fascinating person. I identified with her because goodness knows, I am way up inside my head and at times have been as tormented trying to figure out what the heck is going on. Clare had something I never had and that is a great relationship with her father. He alone seems to make sense and help her understand the world and its dynamics. I had to laugh at the bathroom rituals those girls had.
I literally yelled when I turned the page and there was no more. I really want to know the rest of this child's life.
I loved the characters and loved Ms. Brookes style of writing.She brought back a lot of (good and bad) memories too. I was a introverted and socially awkward little girl like Clare. She had me from the moment Clare walked into her 1st elementary school classroom to find 30 pairs of eyes staring at her. "This was Clare' s idea of hell". All the characters: mom, dad, teachers- were believable and like able. It is amazing to be able to maintain such a good grasp of child's perspective when writing as an adult.
I, too, was disappointed the story ended so abruptly. I thought we would see Clare as an adult applying the things she learned as a child.
The story is creatively written from a child’s point of view. You see the adult world through the eyes of this misunderstood, awkward, little, girl. But the story left me feeling like I did after watching an episode of the American TV show, “Seinfeld”, a comic satire about the absurdities of everyday life. It was cute, and enjoyable, but this book, like the show, other than simple entertainment, what was the point? There was no depth, no inspiration, or realizations. And so when I came to the end of the story, I just felt kind of empty and unfinished.