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One Cornish summer por Liz Fenwick
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One Cornish summer (edição 2018)

por Liz Fenwick

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When Hebe receives a life-changing diagnosis at only 53, she struggles to make sense of what it will mean for her, her job and the man she loves. With memories slipping away by the day, she flees to the one place she has always felt safe and peaceful Cornwall, and the house her family spent so many summers in. Lucy is having her own crisis, and seizes the chance to follow her aunt to Cornwall. Curious about what has driven Hebe there after so many years, she also has to battle with the secret she has kept since her family's last summer there more than ten years ago. Both women will learn that memories live in our hearts and that sharing secrets can set you free. But can they find their way back to the things that are truly important to them?… (mais)
Membro:ElsieMoyse
Título:One Cornish summer
Autores:Liz Fenwick
Informação:London : Orion Books, 2018.
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Since moving to Devon, only 15 minutes from the Cornish border, I have been keenly reading books written about the area. I also lost a close relative to Alzheimer's Disease recently, so this book resonated on two counts.

I did have a bit of a problem initially, as the book moved from Hebe to Lucy and backwards and forwards in time. Eventually I went back to the beginning and noted down the name and title of each chapter and realised that Lucy was in 2016, while her aunt, Hebe, was in both 2015 and 2016. Once I'd sussed out that detail it all flowed perfectly.

Hebe is in her fifties, early to be suffering from dementia. She is already feeling guilty about secretly being with a man considerably younger than herself, but when she realised she was going downhill, she pulled away and retreated back to Cornwall. She takes on an historical house that she has always loved and sets about returning it to its former glory; a project she hopes to finish while she is still able. Lucy is much younger than her aunt, but she too has secrets. She has run from an affair with a married MP, followed, inevitably, by the press. She decides to hide away with her aunt for a while, out of sight.

They are both interesting characters and the house itself almost becomes a character too. Helwyn House of the novel is inspired by Godolphin House, owned by The National Trust and recently renovated. The house is 1 1/2 hours from me, right down in the southern end of Cornwall, but some day I hope to visit. I believe the author visited before it was opened to the public, so writing about renovating the house would have been perfect.

An enjoyable read with lots of atmosphere. This is my third Liz Fenwick book, and the best so far. ( )
1 vote DubaiReader | May 30, 2019 |
Simply outstanding. A haunting study of cross-generational relationships.

Liz Fenwick has an unerring eye for atmosphere; the shades of her adopted Cornwall pervade this book. It is a truly wonderful and emotional read.

It is facile to describe a book as a "page-turner", but this really is a book I found hard to put down. The story and characters gripped me from the first page.

With two women, Lucy and Hebe, the secrets they have to keep and the decisions they must make, you have a story that will carry you away.

Liz Fenwick's last novel, The Returning Tide, was outstanding. My best read of last year. One Cornish Summer is a giant step forward from that. ( )
1 vote jjackson42 | Mar 7, 2018 |
I loved this book! It’s set in Cornwall and is about two women, both of whom have secrets. Hebe is suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s, whilst her niece Lucy is fleeing from an unsuitable and scandalous relationship. Hebe retreats to her favourite place to buy Helwyn House and enlists Lucy’s help restore it. For Lucy, however, the house holds painful memories.

This is a real ‘Bertie Bassett’ type of a story! It contains a bit of all sorts - mystery, history, romance and a stunning setting. It's beautifully written with some interesting, well drawn characters. I thought Hebe's parts of the tale were particularly vividly and poignantly written. They depicted so very well how devastating Alzheimer's is, how fragmented Hebe's mind was. This is just a great story!

An intriguing and captivating read which I didn't want to end. ( )
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When Hebe receives a life-changing diagnosis at only 53, she struggles to make sense of what it will mean for her, her job and the man she loves. With memories slipping away by the day, she flees to the one place she has always felt safe and peaceful Cornwall, and the house her family spent so many summers in. Lucy is having her own crisis, and seizes the chance to follow her aunt to Cornwall. Curious about what has driven Hebe there after so many years, she also has to battle with the secret she has kept since her family's last summer there more than ten years ago. Both women will learn that memories live in our hearts and that sharing secrets can set you free. But can they find their way back to the things that are truly important to them?

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