Hello, Book Dragons! Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for The Sea Gate By Jane Johnson and I would like to share a review, with all of you. Thank you very much to Victoria from Head Of Zeus for the invitation. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Thank You very much to the publisher – Head of Zeus for the review copy.
Genre: General Fiction
Release date: 03 09 2020
Price*: Kindle £4.19 (GBP)/ Hardback £16.71 (GBP)
Kindle $11.99 (USD)/ Paperback $17.99 (USD)
Pages: ~ 448
My rating: 8/10
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What I learned from this book: Everyone is very strong and capable, we all just need to find this within ourselves.
Description of the book: After the death of her mother, Rebecca begins the sad task of sorting through her empty flat. Starting with the letters piling up on the doormat, she finds an envelope post-marked from Cornwall. In it is a letter that will change her life forever. A desperate plea from her mother’s elderly cousin, Olivia, to help save her beloved home.
Rebecca arrives at Chynalls to find the house crumbling into the ground and Olivia stuck in the hospital with no hope of being discharged until her home is made habitable.
Though slightly daunted, Rebecca sets to work. But as she peels back the layers of paint, plaster and grime, she uncovers secrets buried for more than seventy years. Secrets from a time when Olivia was young, the Second World War was raging, and danger and romance lurked around every corner…
How this book made me feel: Everything about this book hinted that this is going to be a thriller, so I dived in not expecting it to be this mysterious women’s fiction, but I can say for sure, I really enjoyed this novel. 🙂
This book is told from a dual perspective by Becky and Olivia. Becky is tasked to make the old crumbling house livable for Olivia. Becky is lovely, but quite a troubled character. Grief, unsatisfying love life, fear of illness and other things occupy Becky’s mind very often… I really liked Olivia in this novel, at present she is this tough old cookie but when we start delving into her childhood, we can see how wonderful she truly is. I enjoyed Olivia’s parts because she was very mysterious throughout this book, and I really enjoyed all the little discoveries that author had to offer with every single chapter.
I liked the narrative and how all the events were flowing throughout the pages. Present mixed with the past, never left me bored, and I was hooked to find out what will happen next. This novel has a lot to teach us, not only about self-discovery but also about how it was to live during WWII, especially when you are young, want to be carefree, but are left to fend for yourself with a very annoying child bestowed on you. I see a lot of the author’s experience in this book, such as life in Cornwall, true love for the sea and great knowledge about Morocco and it’s people.
I loved the writing style, it feels serious, but at the same breezy and enjoyable. The topics discussed in this book were abusive relationships, self discovery, romance, survival, small community and it’s ways of life etc. The chapters are very well designed and didn’t leave me feeling bored. I liked the ending of this book, and I think it rounded up this story very nicely. So, to conclude, it was a very pleasantly surprising novel, filled with intriguing, different timelines as well as absorbing characters and their life stories. I would love to live in a house like Chynalls! 😀 I strongly recommend this book to everyone who is looking for a beautiful combination between the present and the past, when everything that we know now was different… I hope you will like it as much as I did. 🙂
Thank You for Your time! ❤
About the author: Jane Johnson is from Cornwall and she has worked in the book industry for 30 years as a bookseller, publisher and writer.
In 2005 she was in Morocco researching the story of a family member abducted from a Cornish church in 1625 by Barbary pirates and sold into slavery in North Africa (which formed the basis for THE TENTH GIFT), when a near-fatal climbing incident (which makes an appearance in THE SALT ROAD) made her rethink her future! (The whole story is told on her website.)
She went home, gave up her office job in London, sold her flat and shipped the contents to Morocco. In October of that year, she married Abdellatif, her own ‘Berber pirate’, and now they split their time between Cornwall and a village in the Anti-Atlas Mountains.
She still works, remotely, as Fiction Publishing Director for HarperCollins and is the editor for (among others) George RR Martin (GAME OF THRONES), Dean Koontz, Robin Hobb, Mark Lawrence, SK Tremayne (aka Sean Thomas) and Raymond Feist.
She was responsible for publishing the works of JRR Tolkien during the 1980s and 1990s and worked on Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, spending many months in New Zealand with cast and crew. She has also written several books for children.
Website: http://www.janejohnsonbooks.com / Twitter: @JaneJohnsonBakr
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