A Fortunate Child by Elizabeth Wix
Don’t you just love it when a book grips you and you just cannot put it down? It doesn’t happen enough these days but A Fortunate Child is one and I consider myself fortunate to have been sent a copy for Christmas.
I always find in life that things seem to happen in threes and in the latter part of this year I have read books published by two of my favourite bloggers, one from the UK and one from the USA. I ‘reviewed’ them both in earlier posts as I was so impressed by them.
Now I have the third! A Fortunate Child is a novel by Elizabeth Wix, who, apart from being a great writer, also happens to be a wonderful photographer. She lives in New York and writes here. I ‘met’ Elizabeth in Blogland and through reading each other’s blogs we discovered that we had quite a few things in common.
I was totally absorbed by her novel and read it in only two sittings. Well I started it in bed and read late into the night until I just had to give in and go reluctantly to sleep. I finished the book the next morning in just one more ‘sitting’, after I had got up and finished only the most pressing household chores.
The book is a novel but it is based upon a true story of two women, one English, one German and there is also a woman who has been adopted. But it is more than just an adoption story, it is a weaving tale of mystery and coincidence and there are real characters to warm to and to care about. I didn’t know where it was taking me either which was another plus; so often stories today can be too ‘predictable’.
The writing is beautiful, it flowed so well and carried me into its world of many years ago and it held me there while at the same time it educated me about the events leading up to World War II in Germany, (this information was an added and unexpected bonus for me).
I cannot fault the writing or the story and feel it really would make an excellent film, if only it were to be discovered. So many books are hyped up these days and turn out to be real disappointments, this one has never been hyped but should have in my opinion. As an ex-librarian I know that this book would go down really well with borrowers and would make a very popular addition to any library. I am going to put it forward as a suggestion to our local library service.
I am emotionally involved in the adoption aspect of this book and indeed there were some amazing personal similarities within the story to my own experience regarding its London location and the time in which the story is set. But one does not have to be ‘involved’ with the subject to be touched by the story of love, loss and survival in difficult times which are its main themes. There is humour in it too, (essential in life, in my opinion).
I am so pleased that the main character’s life turned out so happily. This book would make a great read at this time of year, it may be just the thing to read as the year turns and would hopefully please many more readers in the way that it has captured me. I lent it to my daughter and she echoes everything that I have written. A Fortunate Child certainly deserves a wider readership and I am sure it will appeal to a host of readers on this side of the Pond............. and beyond.........
Bye for now,
Go mbeannai Dia duit,