Set in England at an undetermined time Margret Lea, our heroine, has grown up in the antique book store owned and operated by her father. A single woman, Margret’s age is not specified, Margret has a close relationship with her father and has a difficult time with her mother. No huge arguments or hate, but not the comfortable familiarity that some mothers and daughters have. At a preteen age Margret finds that she is a surviving twin and this loss has left her with a survivor’s guilt.
Margret, an amateur biographer, receives a letter from author Vida Winter commanding more than asking her to write her biography. Miss Winter is a leading author in England. A recluse Miss Winter has given many interviews, but her true biography has not been printed. Now for some unknown reason she wants Margret Lea to write the real story of her life. Research into the biography leads Margret out of her comfort zone and helps her to deal with feelings that have been buried deep inside her since she was a child.
Not the fast paced action adventure that I am used to reading, but a book with a beginning, middle, and end. I found the vague settings and times to be unsettling. While the telling of Miss Winter’s life happens 60 plus years previously the setting for the telling of the story takes place when communication was letter writing and while phones are present the are used little.
I thought the book moved at a pace that kept it interesting and I wanted to find out what happened to the characters. Through the telling of her early life Miss Winter and Miss Lea come to understand each other better and grow to be friends. Like I said not the usual “save the world” “blow up everything” type of book I’m used to, but maybe a chance to decompress from the fast paced lifestyles of the current time. You will have to be the judge of that.
Next up; “The Last Oracle” by James Rollins copyright 2008. Yep it’s back to the high paced thrill rides of before. I will let you know how it turns out.