Monday, July 3, 2017

Bookish - Saints for All Occasions


The end of term is drawing nigh and winter is deep in so it's the perfect time for novels and hot chocolate and quilts near a roaring fire.

Saints for all Occasions by J.Courtney Sullivan is just the right kind of book for such a season.

The book centres around a few key time periods in the lives of Nora and Theresa Irish sisters who set off to America in 1957. One with the carefree joy of being the younger sister on an adventure without responsibilities and the other the responsible and care-filled older sister off to meet her fiance whom she's not sure she'll still love after time and distance have kept them apart.

The novel opens in 2009 with the death of a son.

I won't say more as I do like to explore a novel and let it tell its own tale without too much background detail already planted.

This book is really enjoyable reading. It's scratches the itch of a moving narrative that has main characters who both see the world from their own perspective. It's also really 'clean' to read - you are going to be able to recommend it and lend it to a friend without apologising for the awkward/ intense sex scenes, terrible swearing or violence.

I really enjoyed the historical context and lives of the characters that were given as much depth and feeling and 'realness' at each age of their lives.

Definite winter time read by the fire literature.

Details - Hachette NZ, June 2017 RRP$34.99 also available as an ebook.

love you more than a winter evening and a good book xxx