Character, plot, and setting all earn rave reviews from me in this book, which begins just before the 1947 fire that demolished many towns in Maine, including the one in which the main character, Grace Holland lives. The description is brilliant of the unease, concern, and terror experienced by town’s people as the fire grew . The plot contains real life issues and the characters are complex . I read this one late into the night, because I loved it.
-Debbie Taylor, Bar Harbor
The book club has each member choose the book that matters most. It is about childhood tragedy and personal loss, about resignation and hope. The last few chapters of the book are a total surprise, and catapult this novel into one of my favorites – compelling, complex, and delicious.
I loved this one – wonderful characters, intense drama, the best of people, and the worst.
I loved Watership Down when I read it back in the early 70s. We all had great discussions about what it meant, and why. When I read that Richard Adams had died, I realized I had to read it again. The phrase “timeless classic” is perfect for this title. Read it again, or discover it now.
Intricate, thought provoking, brilliant. I highly recommend this.