My last book review of 2017 is Let it Go: “Look to the Living …” by Anita Dawes, a rather delightful novel incorporating several favourable elements as far as I’m concerned; family relationships and coming-of-age, alongside the myths, legends and rugged scenery of Cornwall.
Also check out Anita Dawes’ and her sister Jaye Marie’s blog: https://jenanita01.com/
Fifteen year old Mary’s life is turned upside down when her father wins a large house in Cornwall in a card game, and her parents decide to up sticks from South West London, move down to Cornwall, and run a bed & breakfast boarding house. Mary does not have a good relationship with her sister Sally, but is particularly close to her elderly and infirm grandmother (Nan). Nan decides to make the biggest change of all and move with the family to live in a caravan at the end of the garden.
Mary finds an old diary written by a girl her own age who used to live in the house. She reads of a particular event in the diary that happened years before, which she cannot get out of her mind. Mary has a need to follow up the event, and finds a new friend, Mark, who has knowledge of the local area and all its mysteries to help her in her quest.
The author has an obvious love of Cornwall, and this is evident throughout the book. I enjoyed reading about the shifting family dynamics, Mary’s relationship with her sister, and the new life experiences that she had to learn to cope with. I can recommend this four star read for fans of women’s fiction, family dramas, and coming-of-age stories. There are a few grammatical errors, but they did not distract me from the story. Well done!
My first read for 2018 will be D.G Kaye’s Twenty Years: After “I Do”: Reflections on Love and Changes Through Aging.