Saturday, 25 July 2015

Review: Mrs. Sinclairs Suitcase by Louise Walters

Forgive me, Dorothea, for I cannot forgive you. What you do, to this child, to this child's mother, it is wrong...

Roberta likes to collect the letters and postcards she finds in second-hand books. When her father gives her some of her grandmother's belongings, she finds a baffling letter from the grandfather she never knew - dated after he supposedly died in the war.

Dorothy is unhappily married to Albert, who is away at war. When an aeroplane crashes in the field behind her house she meets Squadron Leader Jan Pietrykowski, and as their bond deepens she dares to hope she might find happiness. But fate has other plans for them both, and soon she is hiding a secret so momentous that its shockwaves will touch her granddaughter many years later..

Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: August 4th 2015 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
Terri's Thoughts
I won an advanced copy of this book as part of a giveaway on Goodreads.  In exchange I will offer my honest review.

I find myself having some mixed emotions on this one.  While it is my favorite genre and the story is interesting enough, I just couldn't get on board with Roberta or Dorothy.  It's not that they were necessarily bad characters, it was just that they seemed a little cold.  No, maybe it is socially awkward.  They just didn't seem to think or see outside of themselves at any point of the book.  My issue with this is that I don't know if that was by design or just how I interpreted the writing. Many of the actions of each of the characters didn't add to their likeability factor either.  Roberta with her affair and Dorothy freezing out her husband (well before he deserved it).

That aside Dorothy's story was interesting and I couldn't wait to find out how it was going to play out.  I interpreted the clues along the way however it didn't make me want to stop reading.  I obsess with wartime stories and wartime love stories so I was invested in this storyline.  even if I was invested more for Jan than Dorothy.  Roberta's story I will be frank and say I couldn't have cared less about it.  it all goes back to how she rubbed me the wrong way.

This is a nice easy read for fans of historical fiction.  While I would not rate it as epic it is entertaining and of a good length that not too much commitment is required.

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  1. Terri here. forgot to add...if you judged a book by its cover this one would never get picked up. What a horrible book cover!

    1. it's not that bad, because i have seen worse =P

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