Thursday, February 18, 2016
Natasha Solomons’s breathtaking new novel has it all: a love triangle, family obligations, and rediscovering joy in the face of grief, all set against the alluring backdrop of an English country estate perfect for fans of Downton Abbey
It’s a terrible thing to covet your brother’s girl
New Year’s Eve, Dorset, England, 1946. Candles flicker, a gramophone scratches out a tune as guests dance and sip champagne— for one night Hartgrove Hall relives better days. Harry Fox-Talbot and his brothers have returned from World War II determined to save their once grand home from ruin. But the arrival of beautiful Jewish wartime singer Edie Rose tangles the threads of love and duty, and leads to a devastating betrayal.
Fifty years later, now a celebrated composer, Fox reels from the death of his adored wife, Edie. Until his connection with his four-year old grandson – a music prodigy – propels him back into life, and ultimately to confront his past. An enthralling novel about love and treachery, joy after grief, and a man forced to ask: is it ever too late to seek forgiveness? -- Plume
Yesterday, I reviewed a very good book that fans of Downton Abbey will appreciate called THE SONG OF HARTGROVE HALL by Natasha Solomons. This novel had a little bit of something for everyone including romance, betrayal, and forgiveness; and I really enjoyed the author's writing style. She not only did a great job of bringing to life post-war England, but she also created some very complex characters.
I have some very exciting news for fans of Ms. Solomon -- both new and old ones! She is currently running an author Q&A on Goodreads. Make sure you stop by! There is already an interesting thread about the amount of research Ms. Solomons conducts while writing her novels.