The Cornish House Liz Fenwick
I waited a long time for the library to get this book for me. Then after reading the first few pages I thought I had read it before. Only to find a few pages later that I was mistaken. It was a new book for me, as well as a debut novel for Liz Fenwick
I quite enjoyed the story but was sometimes a little put out when the story jumped forward to another time/day/week etc. without warning and still in the same chapter - it was rather disconcerting and i sometimes re-read a few sentences to make sure that I had't skipped a bit of text or missed something.
Although the story seemed to revolve mainly around Maddie, grieving widow and artist, with her step-daughter, Hannah, grieving teenage daughter of the deceased, taking a lesser role, I found Hannah to be the more interesting person, especially with her interest in the house and its past, when she had no family links to it.
Perhaps I am showing my straight laced side, when disapproving of the amount and frequency of the alcoholic intake by Maddie, Tamsin and their friends. "Having a drink" seemed to often be the solution to problems as well as a way to celebrate. :-(
My sympathies were with Hannah, when she was left alone in a large, cold, house, (with not much food) not knowing when her "adult in charge" would get home, or even where she was - no signs of setting a good example there then ;-) .
I suppose that I might be looking into the story too deeply, instead of reading it as a pure work of fiction, for some light relief and entertainment.
However, I think that if the story was told mainly from Hannah's point of view, (with little or no bad language) with Maddie taking the supporting role, Hannah would have become a more engaging person and Maddie slightly sel-centered and less deserving of our sympathy.
As far as Hannah was concerned - thank goodness for O.T. is all I can say!
:-) :-) :-) :-)
Will now go and look at the other reviews of this book.