Pearl doesn’t know how she’s ended up in the river–the same messy, cacophonous river in the same rain-soaked valley she’d been stuck in for years. But here her spirit swirls and stays . . . Ada, Pearl’s daughter, doesn’t know how she’s ended up back in the house she left thirteen years ago–with no heating apart from a fire she can’t light, no way of getting around apart from an old car she’s scared to drive, and no company apart from her own young daughter, Pepper. She wants to clear out Pearl’s house so she can leave and not look back. Pepper has grown used to following her restless mother from place to place, but this house, with its faded photographs, its boxes of cameras and its stuffed jackdaw, is something new. Fascinated by the scattering of people she meets, by the river that unfurls through the valley, and by the strange old woman who sits on the bank with her feet in the cold, coppery water, Pepper doesn’t know why anyone would ever want to leave.
As the first frosts of autumn herald the coming of a long winter and Pepper and Ada find themselves entangled with the life of the valley, with new companions who won’t be closed out, each will discover the ways that places can take root inside us, bind us together, and become us.
This is one of those books that sounded really good and I wanted to like.
I really did, but I ended up having a hard time finishing.
There is no real plot point to the story and it seems like it is all over the place, which for me was hard to focus on. Not only that there was no real story to it really. This book was not plot driven at all.
I did however enjoy the characters, they were enjoyable and did actually show some growth throughout the book.
The writing was good if you don’t mind a book that is not necessary has a set plot line.
Overall I wish I would have enjoyed the book more buy I’m sure there are plenty of people who will love this book.
I rate it 2 ★
*I received a free copy from the publisher and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*
Lucy Wood is the author of a critically acclaimed collection of short stories based on Cornish folklore Diving Belles. She has been longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize and was a runner-up in the BBC National Short Story Award. She has also been awarded the Holyer an Gof Award and a Somerset Maugham Award. Lucy Wood has a Master’s degree in creative writing from Exeter University. She lives in Devon.