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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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I loved the three main characters in this one. Molly’s marriage has fallen apart – partly because of her actions, partly through neglect – and the high-powered job offer in London gives her a chance to move on, should she decide to take it. I fell for her husband Adam just a little bit – despite the trophy girlfriend and the job with the family firm, the rough time he’s having rapidly gets far worse. And then there’s Caitlyn – totally loveable, strongly principled, caring for everyone, but actually needing a bit of love of her own. Not only are the central characters wonderful, but every supporting character too – the family members, friends, co-workers, and even those who make very brief appearances (like Molly’s horrendous blind date – I swear I’ve met him!). And a special mention for Malkie – I think I’d say yes! – and for Caitlyn’s family and their personal enterprise.
This is much more than a story about relationships though – there’s an engrossing central storyline about greedy people, their lies and the serious impact on others. And there are lots of themes and subplots – around finding out that what you think you want might not be what you really want, families and the nature of friendship, and the consequences of not communicating. There’s a really strong sense of place – whether that’s the fictional Hailesbank and the Heartlands (a wonderful creation), Loch Melfort or London. And the author writes like a dream – wonderful easy reading, where you enter the books pages and sink into the story, and nothing disturbs you until you set the book aside. And it’s also a book that really touches your heart – a really enjoyable read.
Molly and Adam .. separated and going their individual ways. Lexie the pregnant friend. Caitlyn the young girl trying to cope with her family and wanting to better herself.
This moves quite quickly and does need concentration to follow which part you are in and whose story you are experiencing. But it flows with a passion. There are numerous events and with hindsight Molly and Adam can see that maybe they strode the wrong paths which led to the inevitable split.
Drama in the law firm cause folks to question themselves and integrity. What are you prepared to put on the line for right or wrong.
Caitlin has a rough experience which is written well and with sympathy. In general there is plenty to keep the reader absorbed and you will be rooting for one or the other.
The ending was fairly predictable but there had been many twists and turns along the way. I think it highlights we are all capable of mistakes, whether by accident or design. Love and forgiveness are qualities that would be wonderful if they could be achieved. A solid story with people you can possibly identify with, enjoyable as a lazy weekend read.
Many thanks to the author, publisher and Brook Cottage Books for my copy.
This was a fantastic book. Jenny Harper is truly talented in her ability to navigate three view points and stories yet have them connected in the end. Molly, Adam and Caitlyn are wonderfully well developed characters that even as the story progresses become even more multi-faceted. The over lying story that connects the three of them is a tad predictable but the fall out and what happens to the characters after is the true surprise. Jenny Harper is one author you will want to pick up if you haven’t already. You won’t be able to put her book down and won’t forget her characters any time soon.
I was intrigued with the introduction of the many people whomtumbled out of the opening pages....what will happen to them. Soon the pages were quickly turning with the weaving of the characters' history cleverly entwining into the story. Is Molly irrational, selfish or foolish, how strong is Adam? What is his problem?
I loved the change of tone by masterfully using different language and writing style taking me to the less privileged .
Who will make good, and who will be bad
This is a cracker of a good read. Twists, turns, entanglement and intrigue.
I laughed. I cried and the ending was not what I expected.