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Redemption Song Paperback – January 28, 2016
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Top Customer Reviews
Let's talk about those characters a little. They're complicated, wonderfully alive, people you might know: they're all a little bruised and damaged, hurting just below the surface, hiding secrets, just trying to get on with life. The central story is really about the two outsiders, Saffron and Joe - and it's a story that will touch you to the heart. But they're surrounded by other wonderfully drawn characters. I quite adored Saffron's mother Rain, with her faith and approach to life, her love for her daughter and her emotions so visible at times: I loved her interactions with eccentric locals (Mair is simply wonderful, and just like a Welsh aunt I remember), her efforts to hold things together, her wry sense of humour and her deep capacity for love.
Other characters were so real to me too - the lovely Ceri, honest and gentle Eifion... even the lad from Liverpool who helped out on the roof job and the lady who ran the shop.Read more ›
Reviewed by me as part of Rosie Amber's review team
Redemption Song starts off on a lonely track in wintry North Wales when Saffron de Lacy's car breaks down and the mysterious Joe comes to her aid. He learns she is a Baptist minister's daughter; when he drives her home she invites him in, and he meets her mother, Rain.
The story tells of three people's road back from emotional trauma, and alternates between the points of view of Saffron, Joe and Rain. This is done very well, with each character's section revealing their hidden side without overdoing it, each 'voice' different enough to be convincing. A quick mention for the amusing surprise at the end of Chapter Three - like Joe, I didn't see it coming at all!
Rain is very real, and likable, but I found it hard to connect with either Joe or Saffron at first, as Saffron is an twenty-five year old, qualified doctor who behaves like a stroppy teenager, and Joe is a slightly rough and ready carpenter with the vocabulary of one much more educated; however, it soon becomes clear that there are many secrets to come out, about all three main characters, and these explain the incongruities; it was the slow drip of information that kept me turning the pages. I found myself particularly fascinated by the truth about Joe, who I definitely started to fancy as the book went on!
The minor characters are more immediately appealing. I could see Saffron's friend Ceri (the 'Welsh Vicky Pollard') straight away, and also her lovely father, and Saffron's nit-picking boss at Wynne's 'department store'; I've lived in small town Norfolk, and Wynne's sounded just like Cromer Indoor Market ~ very well drawn.Read more ›
The story is told from three different points of view - Saffron, Rain and Joe. In many novels, this can be confusing, but Laura Wilkinson is a skilful writer and the point of view changes are seamless, with each character having their own distinct voice. The different points of view give a fresh perspective on many of the issues facing the characters and the conflicts between them.
The author has a real ability to give a sense of time and place. Small town North Wales was authentically portrayed and the other characters - Saffy’s new friend Ceri and her father in particular- are a joy to read, honestly portrayed and entertaining. The oppression and depression of a Welsh winter, the drabness of a seaside town off-season are beautifully contrasted with descriptions of the beauty of the countryside in sunshine and snow.
This isn’t a fast-paced drama. The histories of the characters come out slowly, the reader discovering things along with Saffy, Rain and Joe. This works well for the most part, but was a little frustrating at times.
The characters are, for the most part, easy to sympathise with. Rain is lovely, kind and caring if a little OTT at times, but her love for her daughter is clear. Joe too, while mysterious, is genuine and honest, and you know that whatever has happened in the past, there must be a good reason for it! Saffy, however, left me feeling conflicted. She seems very selfish, and is quite horrible to her lovely mum.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the way Wilkinson writes about a particular time and place and captures setting details that cause you to know the place as well the people in the story. Read morePublished 5 months ago by elaine Fraser
Saffron is a twenty-five year old woman who has lost her way. She was involved in a car accident that changed her life and that of her closest family. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lincs Reader
What a wonderful story, I really loved it and would recommend it to everyone. The characters and story line flow through the book with a few surprises, in fact I could not guess... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Karen
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Set in the Welsh seaside town of Coed Mawr, Redemption Song tells the story of mother and daughter Rain and Saffron. Read more