I'm falling behind with reviews, a bit of a permanent state for me if I'm honest, so I'm going to catch up by doing brief reviews of my last two books.
First up, The Returning Tide by Liz Fenwick.
I loved this book. At the beginning I wasn't sure that I would. There were New England goings on and Cornish goings on, both modern day, and I couldn't see a connection or work out who was who. Eventually, after several chapters, it became clear though and turned into one of those books where the reader has a clearer idea of what's happening and 'happened' than the characters, though it's not until the very end that we get to know the exact details. It is all quite sad, the story is basically saying, 'Look at what war does to families', but it's also a beautiful book about love, loyalty, being strong in the face of adversity. Cornwall of course features very strongly, and so does World War 2 in the form of what ordinary people were forced to do as part of their everyday lives. I rather fancy a massive amount of research went into the writing of this book but it's used with a delicate touch and not as evidence of how much work the author did. It's beautifully written and I found the whole book very affecting. This is my first book by Liz Fenwick but it certainly will not be the last.
Lastly, The Icelandic Adventures of Pike Ward edited by K.J. Findlay. This is my first book for the European Reading challenge, 2020 which is being hosted by Rose City Reader. It cover the country of 'Iceland'.
'A nice girl but spits at meal times which takes off a bit of the glamour'.
And there was one soup meal he absolutely loathed and got caught tipping it out of the window with obvious repercussions from a ferocious landlady.
On the whole, I found the book on the repetitive side... weather, weather, more weather and I *like* weather... but interesting and revealing in parts, a good book for the European challenge.