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Thursday, 27 December 2012

My Favourite Christmas (Book) Present




Dear Diary,

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,
Cait O’Connor



11 comments:

Vee said...

Oh I love a good book review. I can tell it's a good review when I can't wait to find the book. I'll be looking for this one...wait, I have money loaded up on Amazon for just such a moment. Thanks for the recommendation!

Kay G. said...

Oh, I hardly ever read novels but since this is based on a true story and YOU say that it is good, then I might give this one a go!
Great review, you have given us a hint of what is about without telling the whole story.
Happy New year!
xx

Frances said...

Cait, I completely agree with every word of your review of Elizabeth's book. It is a completely believable story of what can happen to ordinary or perhaps sometimes extraordinary people during extraordinary or perhaps ordinary times.

Though it is set in a very particular time and defined locations, I thought the the human interactions and reactions of the characters were timeless.

Yes, you are right to urge folks to read this novel. It is Elizabeth's fine writing that allow us readers to see our own cinematic view of the story as it develops.

Best wishes to you Cait. xo

Jenny said...

Yay, a good book to add to my reading list. Thank you! Happy New Year!

Elizabeth Musgrave said...

I shall look for this one. It sounds right up my street.

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The bike shed said...

Happy New Year Cait - perhaps our paths will cross in 2013; I hope so.

Very kind regards

Mark

White Rabbit said...

What a joy to discover your blog by way of "From the House of Edward"! As I perused past posts (pardon the alliteration), I stopped and read "For Finbar"--as far as I could until my tears blurred the words. Beautifully written! And your photographs! Oh, my! One word: exquisite! Consider reaching a wider audience via Instagram, if you have not done so already. Your photos are truly superb.

Thank you for the book recommendation. And now one for you: The Invisible Bridge. Drat! I've forgotten the author's name! I could not put the book down. Fabulous novel about three brothers, set in Europe, and the events leading up to WW II.

Can't wait to spend more visiting your blog. Looking forward to following by email…whatever that means. Never done so before. Happy New Year!

Warmly,
"White Rabbit"

White Rabbit said...

"Time…" …spend more TIME visiting your blog…
(White Rabbit must proofread more carefully.)

WR

White Rabbit said...

What a joy to discover your blog by way of "From the House of Edward"! As I perused past posts (pardon the alliteration), I stopped and read "For Finbar"--as far as I could until my tears blurred the words. Beautifully written! And your photographs! Oh, my! One word: exquisite! Consider reaching a wider audience via Instagram, if you have not done so already. Your photos are truly superb.

Thank you for the book recommendation. And now one for you: The Invisible Bridge. Drat! I've forgotten the author's name! I could not put the book down. Fabulous novel about three brothers, set in Europe, and the events leading up to WW II.

Can't wait to spend more visiting your blog. Looking forward to following by email…whatever that means. Never done so before. Happy New Year!

Warmly,
"White Rabbit"

Barbara said...

No wonder Elizabeth is so thrilled with your review.I have the draft of her first book on my computer.