It’s been a busy couple of weeks, what with one project or another on the go, book signing events to attend and generally getting my brain in gear for Christmas, and so my blog has been slightly neglected.
Today, however, I have a recommended read.
It’s a novel I read a few weeks ago and loved so much I nominated for the Hay Festival Book of the Year – Snow Sisters by Carol Lovekin.
Some novels I zip through and others I devour slowly. Snow Sisters really is a novel to savour, with its gorgeously sensual prose delivered by a very skilful author. It’s a ‘curl up on the couch in front of a log fire’ kind of novel. If you haven’t already read either of Carol Lovekin’s wonderful novels, I urge you to – you will not be disappointed.
Here’s a slightly extended version of the review I left on the Hay Festival Book of the Year page:
“I absolutely adore ‘Snow Sisters’. It’s Lovekin’s second offering and is beautifully written – just like her first, ‘Ghostbird’. The novel is set in Wales in the 1970s and has an eerie, gothic feel. It’s the story of a bohemian family, consisting of three generations of women who live in the beautiful but ramshackle Gull House. The house has a chilling history, and teenagers Meredith and Verity become sensitive to this as their home-life is turned upside down by their self-absorbed mother, Allegra.
I read this novel slowly as I wanted to relish the magical atmosphere Lovekin effortlessly creates with her lyrical writing. She paints vivid scenes for the reader. Colours are important – red flannel hearts for a lost child, a grandmother’s mystical blue garden and sumptuous greens for the vivacious Meredith. The author explores ideas of ghosts and family ties, and the enduring love between sisters.
‘Snow Sisters’ is a haunting, spellbinding novel that has stayed with me long after I – very slowly, to savour every last word – read the final page.”
Snow Sisters is published by Honno Press and is available to buy from them, Amazon and bookshops in paperback priced at £8.99. Also available on Kindle.
Sara’s debut novel ‘Not Thomas’ – a story of child neglect, love and hope, shown through the eyes of five-year-old Tomos – is published by Honno Press in paperback and as an e-book, and is available to buy direct from the publisher, from Amazon and from bookshops.
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Hello, my dear friend! Oh, how I wish I lived near you….I’d go to all your book signings and bring cakes, ha ha! You’ve been one busy little bee and you know why I’ve been out of touch on the blog – I had my big author event Thursday night and practically every minute leading up to it was focused on that. I’m SO glad it’s over!!!!!!!!!
I love the title “Snow Sisters”….the alliteration and the imagery found in just those two words are divine. The review you wrote was SUBLIME! Your review was sooooo good that I’m going to sample the book!
And how wonderful it is that you nominated it for the Hay Festival Book of the Year. I’m off to find my Kindle and sample “Snow Sisters” and I have a feeling there’s a very good chance I shall press that little, seemingly innocuous “buy” button! 😉