Tuesday 14 June 2011

Hemingway Point by Nora Carroll - Book Review

Title: Hemingway Point
Author: Nora Carroll

Publication Date: March 2011
Format: E-Book - PDF
Pages: 261
Genre: Literary Fiction
Source: Review Copy from Author

When Jess spends the summer in her late grandmother's rambling Victorian summer cottage, she uncovers heart-rending mysteries and lost love. It has been seventeen years since Jess has last visited the elite lakefront summer club where she had spent the summers of her youth. Now, she returns with her photographer boyfriend who wants to write an article about the distinctive old house. Sifting through old letters and pictures she finds in a hidden trunk, Jess unravels long-hidden family secrets. Including, just maybe, the secret to her own heart. In this vivid, cinematic debut, Nora Carroll tells the story of love lost and found in lyrical and evocative language that touches the heart. Sure to please readers of Anita Shreve, Jodi Picoult, and Lou Ann Rice. (Goodreads Synopsis)

I was approached by the author to read and review this book and so I wasn't 100% sure what to expect. What I found was a beautifully crafted story with great nuance and charm.

Both character and place drive this story of a young woman coming to terms with her own history and that of her family. I found the characters and the plot utterly believable and I was engaged with the story right from the very start.

The prose is a delight to read and flows with an elegance and subtlety reminiscent of an older style of novel writing.

This was a joy to read and recommended to lovers of literary fiction. I shall certainly be looking out for more works by this author in the future.

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