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Worldwide Adventures in Love by Louise Wener

Synopsis:

“Edith’s house interested us from the beginning”

Mysterious and inviting, Jessie and Margaret are drawn to their reclusive

neighbour’s house. It offers an escape from the dreary summer of 1977 and

their fragile family life, into a world they can only dream about. When the house

suddenly burns down at the same time as their mother moves out to live with

her new boyfriend, and their father develops an unhealthy crush on a woman in

their street, life seems bleak for the girls.
 
Escaping the claustrophobia of family life isn’t easy, until the story of an

eccentric and beautiful female explorer from the 1930s unfolds in a series of

letters. In these letters she tells stories of far-flung places, secrets, doomed love

and adventure.  Her determination to live life to the full, risking everything cares

about, holds untold consequences for all of them.

Review:

A wonderful, wonderful book

This is the tale of a teenage girl growing up in the 70’s who is dealing with all

that that brings plus the break up of her parent’s marriage.  It is a brilliant and

perceptive portrayal of family life and also the difficulties of growing up. 

Alongside this is the story – told through letters – of a young female explorer in

the 1930’s.  At times the two lives parallel each other.  I love the way the two

stories are woven together – Louise Wener’s writing flows from one story to the

other.  I was totally engrossed and consumed by this book and consequently it

was a quick, yet thought provoking read.

LibraryThing rating: 4 ½ / 5

Other books I’ve read written by this writer:  None but will be reading more.

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Worldwide Adventures in Love by Louise Wener

Blurb from the back of the book;

Mysterious and inviting, Jessie and Margaret are drawn to their reclusive neighbour’s house. It offers an escape from the dreary summer of 1977 and their fragile family life, into a world they can only dream about. When the house suddenly burns down at the same time as their mother moves out to live with her new boyfriend, and their father develops an unhealthy crush on a woman in their street, life seems bleak for the girls.

Escaping the claustrophobia of family life isn’t easy, until the story of an eccentric and beauthiful female explorer form the 1930’s unfolds in a series of letters. In these letters she tells stories of far flung places, secrets, doomed love and adventure.

 

 

What a delightful book to read! The author gets into the skin of Jessie a young teenager and writes the story wholly from her point of view. Growing up in the 1970’s Jessie and her younger sister Margaret are thrown in to the turmoil of separating parents. Alongside is the story of a neighbour Edith whom the girls get to know briefly before she dies in a house fire.

Since the author so masterfully writes from a child’s point of view, the reader is able to experience the rollercoaster of emotions that can devour you at Jessie’s tender age. The toe curling embarrassment of your parent’s behaviour, the love and hatred of friends and relatives and the dull familiarity of routine at home. Jessie muddles through this disruptive time looking for support from her sister who is suffering her own private turmoil. Interspersed with the sisters’ plight is the poignant story of Edith told by personal letters.

This book is well crafted. The story develops slowly and engrosses the reader to the point where you really care what happens to all of the main characters. I would definitely look for more to read by this writer.

 

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