Starting a new meme for reviews posted this time last year for the whole month. Feel free to share and tag me in posts of your own blog reading/reviwing from this time last year and I’ll retweet the posts.
Quite often we are sent hardback ARCs of newly published books, so we blog about them, then some time later the author/publisher releases the paperback edition which also deserves attention. Or you read a book from an author’s back catalogue, which also deserves attention and possibly attracts new readers to that particular author. Authors need to eat all year long, so a review of one of their books is helpful all round.
First up for me from August last year is Dorothy Koomson Brighton Mermaid
As a fan of memoirs this book appealed to me on many levels.
I have to admit that I’m not a sailor, nor am I a good passenger on any form of sailing boat because I get seasick. Although brought up in a busy and historic port, the only boating I ever did was as a passenger on Mersey Ferry boats.
I also have no real knowledge, only a rough idea of the names of necessary equipment on board a boat and luckily there is a helpful glossary at the back of this book.
Having stated all of the above I absolutely love sailing memoirs. The ultimate escape armchair reads for me. There is something about tales of the wide open seas, the places explored, the freedom of it all, the threat of danger from unpredictable weather and the camaraderie amongst the sailing fraternity that is endlessly appealing to me.
It would be wrong of me to reveal here all that happened because the shock factor I think is an important part of the book and needs to be read in the order of events for the reader to feel the emotional impact. I haven’t seen the movie so can’t comment on that, or how true to the actual story it is.
This book was a fascinating read throughout. A story of survival against the odds in very challenging situations at sea. Also the survival of human sprit, inner strength, the power of love and a lost love.
Adrift is also a tale of guidance from within, from our own inner ‘Voice’ of reason, or for believers, guidance from a higher force.
I read it and lived through the journey with the survivor, all the setbacks and triumphs holding my breath and hoping for a good outcome.
A fascinating read and one that will stay with me especially when watching the sun set.
An absolute whirlwind of emotion.
Do No Harm by Lucy V Hay