- File Size: 3683 KB
- Print Length: 319 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: 13th Sign Publishing Collective; 1 edition (December 8, 2016)
- Publication Date: December 8, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MRVMIHT
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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Let me first explore the primary character of Ingrid.
Ingrid at the age of sixteen is the over protected and exceedingly naive daughter of the Vicar of Smedby. Her decision making process is governed by the strictest of upbringings and the socially acceptable behavior patterns of a community isolated from the influences of the outside world by location, and crafted by the prejudices that exist within such a closely bound village.
Ingrid’s position as the vicars’ daughter is viewed with eyes that hold her both above, and accordingly protected from, anything even remotely connected with scandal; and herein lay the foundations of future behavior as this young girl experiences her first tantalizing and unexplored tastes of burgeoning womanhood.
Rebellion in teenagers can take many forms, and Ingrid finds herself both intrigued by, and more than a little curious about the arrival of a man whose actions when he was a part of this community earned him both the disrespect and hushed whispers that accompany anything considered outside of acceptable parameters.
Ingrid’s first acts of disobedience, are, in part, retaliation against the confines of her upbringing, and her newly dawning awareness of womanhood, and her need to exert her own will, whatever the cost. The arrival back in the village of the forbidden Kalle is simply too intriguing to resist.
Kalle’s character is less finely drawn, for to do so would reveal more than the reader needs to know if tension is to be maintained. Suffice it to say that he, along with other lesser characters is crafted beautifully.
The location itself is what helps drive this work to its unexpected conclusion. Author Hannah Warren invites you to experience the stark windswept place known as The Alvar. A place that invites secrets, and houses its own deep sense of mystery and darkness.
I detest spoilers in reviews, and to share more here would detract from what I found to be a enormously enjoyable and unpredictable reading experience.
I highly recommend this work, and look forward to reading more of this series.
Her good father, the vicar, had the usual view of 'fallen' women,' and Ingrid finds herself without a home, even before she knows what she has done wrong.
Ingrid's sheer enthusiasm for life pulled me into this book, and kept me interested through her ups and downs. It could be termed a 'Growing up' book or 'Coming of Age.' There was a satisfactory ending.
Ingrid Gunarsson did just that. Young daughter of a respected small town Vicar, she is passionately curious about life, to the point where it leads her into trouble. I found this an unforgettable story, one that I will definitely pursue when the second volume of this story is published. Definitely a book to read, and read again.
The story revolves around Ingrid but actually has a few major characters with their own stories. The book is loving and hopeful, opening with Ingrid's sixteenth birthday. We get our first hint of tragedy by learning that Ingrid's had passed years before. Her and her brother were raised, lovingly, by their father, a vicar, and the housekeeper. Despite the tragic loss of her mother and the lingering sadness, Ingrid appears to have had a happy childhood. When a man, Kalle, returns to Alvar, the book takes on a melancholy air mixed with suspense. As the story goes on, I would suggest having Kleenex handy. In my opinion this book is a tragic romance in the classical way. I loved it! I'm not going further into the story as I don't want to spoil things for anyone.
I would like to suggest that if you choose to read this, please don't skip the author's note at the beginning. For me, it was a delightful surprise. There were a few errors but they were minimal and nothing that hampered my enjoyment of the book.
I would like to thank BookTasters for connecting me to the book and the offer of reading it. I did receive an electronic copy for review consideration. I wrote the review and added it to my wishlist of paper books because I loved it. I hope you do too.
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