Set in 1938 Paris, France. The story of Romaine and Florence DuChamps – twin sisters whose lives are thrust into turmoil after a shocking series of events that unfolded in their fathers study eight years earlier. Who killed him? And why? Continue reading The Betrayal – Kate Furnivall
Although I have to appreciate that this novel was one of Pellegrino’s older works, I must admit I was extremely disappointed. Having read two other novels for Pellegrino. Food of Love Cookery School and Under Italian Skies I can say that I have had a very similar gripe with both of them too.
The characters always lack depth and personality because she crams too many people into the story. I can understand that they were all imperative to the progress of the story, but nevertheless she could do much more justice to the novel by focusing on a few central characters. I say this particularly because Pellegrino has a knack for descriptions. I really feel she could do a lot more to connect the reader with the characters using her beautiful descriptive writing power if she focused on a few rather than many.
It has been a long time coming. This review has been one that I have written and re-written over and over again just plainly because my feelings toward it have been so hard to articulate effectively. They are a comfort, an excitement and a reminder that literature can still evoke in us a certain indescribable feeling.
I have read and re-read all three books so many times that I can almost tell you the series of events that transpired blindly. I speak of the characters as people that I know personally. And whilst there is nothing predictable about these books you find yourselves with such an affinity to the character you would scoff to yourself and say “ha! Typically Tatiana”.
The Food of Love Cookery School (2013) is a 279 page novel written by Nicky Pellegrino, a half English half Italian author who currently resides in New Zealand. It is important to note that although I personally found this book entertaining to read, it wasn’t really an enthralling or captivating story.
In my personal opinion, I’ve never enjoyed books that jump around between too many characters because it makes it difficult for the reader to develop the personalities, and
The Hypnotist’s Love Story (2011) is a 458 page novel written by the amazingly talented Australian author Liane Moriarty. To give a bit of a background story, I’m noting that I have actually read this book twice already since I first purchased it in June 2016. I was sitting in Sydney airport waiting for my flight to Paris when I remembered I needed to by an electric power adapter. I walked into the store across from the gate where I was waiting, and I saw the book. I picked it up and purchased it because I had previously read The Husband’s Secret and I was absolutely enthralled by this amazing author I had to give this book a go.