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This is the story of a drowning, a heatwave and a painting that shouldn't exist.
The death of octogenarian sea swimmer Maud Smith doesn't excite much interest in the Devon seaside town of Dormouth, but it changes the lives of three people she never met.
Insomniac Brenda, walking her dog on the beach at dawn, finds Maud's body and loses a husband. Now her house is falling down.
Jim, reluctant Londoner and heir hunter, loves birds, fresh air and suddenly, Maud's neighbour. Maud's tangled past with a local artist might just change his future, but he has a mortgage on a basement and a woman who's not ready to let go.
Cemetery manager Neil clears Maud's flat then promptly moves in. He attends the funeral and flirts at the wake but can't fully account for a painting missing from her estate.
Maud may be dead, but it's not the end yet...
"Thoughtfully written and often poignant without being sentimental" - Hair Past a Freckle blog
"The major questions of life are interwoven" - Necessary Fiction
"Vane's sharp observations raised several giggles" - Stephanie Jane blog
"I didn't want it to end!" - Maggie, Amazon reviewer
About the Author
She has written for BBC drama Doctors and has had short stories and articles published in various publications and anthologies, including Mslexia and Scotland on Sunday.
She lived in Leeds in the north of England for a number of years, where she worked as a probation officer. She now lives on the Devon coast.
- ASIN : B00IBK2E7S
- Publication date : February 7, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 480 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 360 pages
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The writing was not as bad as many I have seen lately, but it left a lot to be desired. I never got to the point that I liked any of the characters enough to feel engaged. Sometimes by turning on the text-to-speech feature (in this case in Moon Reader Pro) and placing it on a high enough speed to still be best understood without sounding like a chipmunk, I can get past boring or confusing parts. Well, not so much this time.
Oh, and speaking of characters... Wow! this had a country full of populous. So many points of view that I couldn't keep track. Often the fast reading speed gets me to the part of a book where I know who is who. Nope. At the end, I still was confused as to who was in lust with Elizabeth. Who was the twin to Roisin. And the lesser characters were even more confusing.
Maybe it is just me. Probably. But I just didn't feel anything about the story or people. Look, if it's any consolation, it took me forever to tell the difference between Rob and Jon in the TV series, Game of Thrones. Now having watched it a million times I have them separated. But, show either of those actors in another context and I get them confused again. AND what makes me frustrated was wondering, if this was my story how would I change it? I couldn't figure it out. A picture book with names and personal histories on the side?
Oh, and how did the death of the woman at the beach change anyone? They all seemed pretty messed up even in the end. I'm so, so sorry I couldn't offer more. But thank you for letting me read your book, Kate Vane. I'm sure others out there will love it. Good luck in your future writing. I do think you have the chops.
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It is a book where the main character only appears posthumously. She is merely the catalyst that ignites and influences the stories of several other people that are indirectly connected to her by virtue of her death, and it is these people, and their friends/family/acquaintances that we read about in the rest of the book bringing them from the background into the foreground as they develop from bit-part to co-main character status!
In this way the book comes across sometimes as episodic. It takes you through highs and lows, love, heartbreak, quite a few tears and some pretty funny laugh out loud moments. Although it is quite light-hearted overall, the author does introduce some quite heavy topics, mental illness for one, but this is done in a way that doesn't drag the overall tone of the book down.There are also quite a few "I remember him/her/them/that" moments...
The characterisation is fantastically imaginative in parts and this works extremely well. The only criticism I would have would be the quantity of character which I admit I did struggle with initially as they were all introduced to me quickly, but after they were completed and became more "real", they were easy to get along with. Spelling, grammar (to the best of my knowledge) and formatting were all spot on.
As the book featured so many interesting characters, there is plenty of potential for future continuation and I, for one, would be up for reading more about these people.
What I liked was the unusual aspect of the way each character's mind side-tracked them.
What I didn't like was my own inability to pin down the various characters and their relationships to each other. Put that down to old age and distractions. This is a worthy book.