Forbidden love? Sign me up--I definitely had a cathartic cry with this novel.
The bones of this story is very good and interesting. I would give the book a better rating if much of the personal dialogue was removed. I skipped over the sections of long personal dialogue which dragged an interesting story into a tedious one.
For me, MRS. SINCLAIR’S SUITCASE was a pleasant enough read that did not quite reach its potential. It tackles several issues, including motherhood, family secrets, love, loss, and friendship. Set in England, the novel’s dual storylines alternate between present-day Roberta and her paternal grandmother, Dorothy, during WWII. These plot lines seemed unevenly developed and I found grandmother Dorothy’s the more interesting of the two. As an avid reader, I enjoyed the Old and New Bookshop (where Roberta works) and the idea of finding old letters, photos, postcards and other memorabilia hidden inside books. MRS. SINCLAIR’S SUITCASE is more a character study than an action novel, but because I never really connected or became emotionally involved with either protagonist, this debut work by Louise Walters, while good, ultimately missed the mark.
A bit slow at first but I wanted to find out what happened to Mrs. S. A few surprises along the way. I'm glad I finished. I would love to see what BBC could do with this.
Delightful. Just believable. It couldn't happen today, but possibly still in the 1940's, when paperwork and records were interrupted with wartime. I thought Roberta was really a bit dense at times - I mean really!
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