- File Size: 1789 KB
- Print Length: 263 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1518605168
- Publication Date: October 30, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B017FC8EBM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #619,135 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I've had to actually wait a few days since reading this before I could write a review. Let it all settle a bit. The first night after I started reading The Retreat, I woke up in the middle of the night worried about some of the characters. I was already that intimate with them. I seriously couldn't sleep.
I knew this was going to be a good one when I stumbled across phrases like this:
"Through the window, in the light by the entrance to the chapel, she could see the snow, still falling on the garden in flakes the size of 50 pence pieces, hard and fast, creating white woolly caps on the statues of the saints and on the head of the tiny stone sparrow perched on the finger of St Francis."
Can't you just see it? A good writer paints with words, giving us just enough pertinent details to bring the narrative to life. But an even better writer knows how to paint emotions and subtext, and the most prominent character traits in a way that brings that character's inner life to play in our subconscious - either by identifying with that character, falling in love with it, or hating it.
I don't always like to read long tedious, descriptive passages especially if they really are just long and tedious and serve no purpose in furthering the story. But this author knows how to serve up just the right amount of background mixed with just the right amount of the character's inner world to make those long passages simply delicious. Past and present seamlessly woven in a way that keeps you curious and involved.
I'm an American and I didn't get all the charming English references and bits, but they didn't take away at all from their relevance. More than once, I felt a throwback to the bard himself seeping through the lyrical prose, or maybe that really is just the way English is spoken in England. Gosh, it's good.
Anyway... Loved this book. Loved this story and the way it was told. More lesbian fiction like this, please!
The story is mainly told through flashbacks, which I find is an interesting way to reveal the story bit by bit. It also gives a much deeper insight into the motivation of the characters, as we tend to reflect heavier on our actions, when looking back on them. However the book is not without action and suspense, so hold fast for an emotional roller-coaster.