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"The Summer Children" by Dot Hutchison
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Thanks to the author, Andrew JH Sharp, for sending me over a copy of his book, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Beth, locum doctor in England, is young and feels trapped in her one-year old marriage to the man of her dreams, trapped because, her husband has a mental illness, due to which, he has lost almost all his past memories, as result making him dependent on Beth and without her demanding mother-in-law's support, her marriage has become a hell for her. It is then when she meets an old man from Zimbabwe in the hospital, asking her to deliver the deed of his land to his son in Zimbabwe. Beth agrees to the request and soon finds herself set on a journey which is going to change her life forever. And this is where she meets a whole lot of different kinds of people, some were helpful in her, some were deadly and in some she can see new opportunities. She never expected that delivering a simple letter can cost too much, especially when tough and dark politics and laws come in her way. Can she find her way back home? All I can say is that it has got a happy-ever-after ending.
What draws the reader for this book is that the plot being set in Zimbabwe. The culture, flora-and-fauna and lifestyle of Zimbabwe is shown more vividly through the pages of this book. The story telling of the author is not at all fabricated, which makes the whole plot more believable and sensible. As we see the journey through the eyes of this young protagonist, Beth, we can feel her pain and joy equally. The characters were also very true and solid, thus making the whole plot more thrilling and interesting. Even though it’s real life incident, the author has done full justice by making this incident more thrilling and intriguing to his readers.
So if you want to read something memorable, then this is the perfect book for you, as the story remains etched in our minds for a very long time.
Title: Read this book immediately.
Read this book. Do it. Stop reading this review and click the button
that will give you access to this enthralling read. This review will
be waiting right here while you do.
Finished? Great. Here's what you've just purchased: a heart-rending
piece of fiction written in detached, almost clinical prose that takes
the protagonist, one young doctor Bethan Jenkins, away from her
afflicted husband and out on an improbable, amazing, hopeful and
eye-opening journey through divided and corrupt Africa: specifically
I was hooked from the first troubling sentence, pulled apart by the
home situation Bethan faces, thrilled and overcome by the fantastic
storytelling, and at several points, quite amused. All this from me, a
shameless genre lover who looks silly browsing through the YA section
at the bookstore, writing silly yarns about superheroes. Pffff. This
ought to be required reading. It's the real deal, a poignant look at
the lives of people lived in different ways, an in-depth portrayal of
post-revolution Zimbabwe, an interesting look at the way land shapes
perceptions as people shape the land, and a thematically strong read.
Seriously, read this.
NOTE: If you're American, you will want to have a dictionary or web
search handy. There are plenty of British-isms that pop up (marquee
comes directly to mind), and I was glad to have my iBooks integrated
dictionary to save me from frustrating confusion.
I received a copy of Fortunate to review for Awesome Indies
(awesomeindies.net) and I couldn't feel more fortunate that I had the
opportunity to review it. Thank you, Andrew.
By Brent Meske, AIA Reviewers