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Whilst at La Folie Charlotte meets Andy, who she describes as “rather delicious“, and offers to help him research a family rift that started back in the time of the German occupation. Is romance on the cards or will this be purely a business relationship? Meanwhile she helps her friend Louisa who has relationship problems, and tries to solve her own problems with her mother.
Based in Guernsey this is the 4th book in the series (and the first that I have read). Although the first few chapters refer to things that (presumably) happened in earlier books, this is cleverly done so that new readers catch up and those following the series don’t get bored. The book gently moves through the plot, with a few cliff hanger chapter endings. The ending is cleverly done bringing together all the threads of the story. No violence or bad language and very mild sex scenes, with an easy to read style.
For the tourist, the book is full of references to restaurants, so do keep a note of them as they include wonderful details of the names, locations and reasons for visiting ie: seafood restaurant, stunning views etc. In addition there are a few walks around the coast referred to, and various other things to do and see in St Peter Port and other locations on the island. In addition there is a brief visit to the nearby island of Herm described.
Whilst I am certain that this will be a popular book for the author’s fans, for me it was lacking in action with too much chatty dialogue and inconsequential detail included. Sadly there was little depth of information about the Occupation. On a positive note, the chapters are short and the print and paper used in my paperback version are lovely – really enhancing the reading experience. For me the writing style is similar to that of Nora Roberts – so if you love her, this series may be a great read for you.
This is the fourth book in the excellent Guernsey series of novels which Anne Allen writes with such fine attention to detail. The island really comes to life and she paints such a vivid picture of both the place and its people that the more you read about them, the more you want to discover. A Family Divided takes some of the characters we have met before in previous books, and weaves them skilfully into the narrative, so that it really is like meeting up with old friends. We first met Charlotte Townsend in the third novel in the series, Guernsey Retreat, so it was nice to have a whole story dedicated to her. The ongoing mystery of the effect that WW2 had on the island adds a nice historical touch and helps to maintain continuity. The mystery at the heart of the novel is well explained, although perhaps better appreciated if you have read the series sequentially as some of the jigsaw pieces of the story will fit better if you have some prior knowledge of what has gone before.
Anne Allen has really made this a compelling series of stories. The light and easy style of writing and the way in which the characters come alive in your imagination make this a series I want to see endure for a long time. I am delighted that the ending of The Family Divided lends itself really nicely into a continuation of the story and I really can’t wait to see what happens next.
Charlotte Townsend is returning to the beautiful island of Guernsey and La Folie, the health spa owned by her friend Louisa’s father. Following her father’s death and her mother’s diagnosis, not to mention a severe case of writer’s block, Charlotte feels in need of some restorative treatments. A successful publisher, she inherited the company from her father, and now wants to establish herself as a writer. Through Louisa and her partner, Paul, both therapists at the spa, Charlotte meets Andy and, intrigued by his story, she offers her services as a researcher.
Guernsey is a beautiful backdrop to the story, of which some characters are from previous books and some are new. It’s good to have a more complete picture of Charlotte, who first appeared in book three. The family mystery with its historical aspect and Charlotte’s research is very interesting and is the central feature….apart from the location, of course, which is described vividly. Differences in Charlotte’s and Andy’s backgrounds spark difficulties in their relationship, disparate upbringings having left their mark and the emotions expressed are realistic and believable. The threads of events from the Occupation years are brought together in a satisfying conclusion. An enjoyable and easy read.
Although this is the fourth book in the series it can be read as a stand alone.
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It is nice to read one book and the next one has the same people in it
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