Book Reviews

What to read and where my Book Reviews have two main strands Books to Read in your travel location and books that I have read and enjoyed recently. I never go anywhere without a book, my main criteria when choosing a handbag is that is large enough to carry a paperback book.  What do I like to read?  History books, science books, literary novels, chic lit, detective novels, cookery books and most of all travel books.  All I ask of a book is that it is well written and I come away with one useful fact or insight.

BOOK REVIEW: THE SILENT HOURS by Cesca Major

The Silent Hours, Cesca Major

Tears are streaming down my face.  I have just finished reading The Silent Hours by Cesca Major.  For the past couple of days I have been submerged in mid-west France during the Second Word War.  Shortages, anti-Semitism, families uprooted and torn apart; you know the kind of stuff but this book slowly reveals deep secrets that came as a revelation to me. Six people narrate the story.  Adeline, a mute woman who has been sheltered in a nunnery for eight years.  Isabelle, a young teacher, and her brother Paul, who is away fighting for France. Tristan, a nine year old boy who has fled with his family from occupied Paris to the safety of a small village.  Sebastien, a young Jewish banker who cannot fight because of a leg injury.  Love, loss, romance, prejudice and horror are all revealed to us by their six strong voices. The Silent Hours is one of those books that has you transfixed.  That my family have eaten or that my children have got to school is a minor miracle as my nose has barely been out of the book.  The six narrators’ stories all lead up to one shocking event that really happened, but which I had no idea had happened before opening the covers this book.  When you buy this book, and I urge you to, make sure you buy a large box of tissues at the same time.

DISCLAIMER: I was sent a review copy via the BritMums book club in return for an honest review.

The Silent Hours by Cesca Major, published by Corvus. £7.99

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