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The Sisters Mortland Hardcover – January 4, 2006
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I am happy to report that I was hooked right from the first chapter in this haunting tale of the fateful summer of 1967. Told in several different narratives, you learn the story of Julia, Finn, and Maisie, three sisters who are living at an old convent with their mother and grandfather. You also meet a large supporting cast, which includes Dan, Nick, and Lucus, who will center around the rest of the book.
The Sisters Morland opens with Masie as the narrator. We learn a bit about her life at Wyken Abby and one by one she introduces us to the supporting cast and she takes us up to the point of when the accident occurred. We then move forward by twenty years and Dan takes up the narrative and we then slowly learn more secrets that could have possibly led up to what happened at the end of the summer of 1967. The story ends with Julia tying up some of the loose ends and bringing the story together.
The Sisters Morland is a clever story that twists, weaves and slowly lets the reading in n the big secrets that have been buried for 20 years.
It is 1967 in Suffolk, England where we meet the sisters Mortland. Julie is beautiful, Finn is the intellectual, and 13 year-old Maisie is odd. They live with their mother Stella and grandfather in a crumbling medieval abbey where the nuns of an early era haunt the strange Maisie.
Lucas, a young artist in residence, is commissioned to paint the sisters. Along with Daniel (a local man with gypsy blood) who is a friend of the sisters, and Nick Marlow, a medical student, they all spend a tumultuous summer embroiled in life and love with Maisie as the observer and narrator in the first part of the book.
Lucas' painting captures the essence of the sisters and is completed right before a horrific tragedy occurs at the abbey. Some twenty years later, that painting has become famous and is shown at a retrospective. As Daniel narrates this portion of the book, we see his deterioration as a result of his obsession with the people and the events of that 1967 summer.
Following other catastrophic events that impact the novel's characters, Julie becomes the third narrator and fills in the missing pieces to this unsettling story.
Beauman's The Sisters Mortland, is a beautifully written, powerful and deeply moving story of an impoverished English family and the people whose lives are intermingled with theirs. The reader will be torn between the desire to read quickly in order to learn how it all ends--and to read each sentences slowly in order to savor the words.
Armchair Interviews says: The Sisters Morland is breathtaking and is highly recommended.
Ms. Beauman has fashioned a superbly shaped novel with superior structure and well-paced suspense. She masterfully feeds the reader just enough detail to keep create tension and leave one wanting to read further.Read more ›
By 1991, Lucas is a renowned famous artist whose highly regarded painting The Sisters Mortland will be the center of a retrospective showing of his works. Daniel never recovered from the tragedy of what started as his greatest summer, but ended as his hauntingly worst as he fixated on the three sisters and the tragedy that shaped all their lives.
THE MORTLAND SISTERS is a fabulous character study that grips the audience who want to know what happened to destroy the idyllic summer of 67. The perspectives cleverly shift with the changing eras. Maisie providing her viewpoint of the goings on in 1967; Daniel takes over in 1991 with his point of view of the "present" and what he recalls from the most wonderful and most devastating summer of his life; finally Julia brings closure to the drama. Each of the key players seems different and reacts accordingly to the events that Sally Beaumont lays out throughout the gripping story line. Readers will cherish this powerful character driven tale.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a good book, but it jumped around a little to much for me. And, the story line jumped around. But, I still like the book. It was so different from what I read.Published 16 months ago by Susan E. Blackburn
WAHT A GOOD READ!
I LOST DLEEP...."ONE MORE CHAPTER B4 I SLEEP"
GAWD....6 CHAPTERS LATER!
I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN!!! Read more
Michelle G. Heinrich's review, above, is excellent. She calls the book captivating. Well, it has been more than a year since I read it, and it still pulls at me. Read morePublished on October 9, 2012 by Traveler
I was not prepared for how deeply this book effected me and for how much I loved it. From the beginning I fell in love with Maisie, a child unlike any other. Read morePublished on June 29, 2011 by Rather Be Reading
I am not giving up but truthfully this book is a bit slow in the beginning and I'm having trouble getting hooked. Read morePublished on June 6, 2010 by Amazon Customer
The story of 3 sisters and the tragedy that comes to the family. The death of one sister affects the whole family and those around them. Read morePublished on February 6, 2010 by Michelle Boytim
When I picked it up The Sisters Mortland I expected a fairly standard, fairly commercial novel and was surprised to find a unique and compelling plot, interesting structure, and a... Read morePublished on July 7, 2009 by Bethany Haswell