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Praise for Tracy Buchanan
'A pacy read … A great book to take to the beach!' DAILY MAIL
‘An amazing novel that encompasses love, betrayal, faith and trust. I admit I cried more than once . . . I have never read a more gut wrenchingly honest portrayal of love in all its forms. Unforgettable.’
‘I loved, loved, LOVED The Atlas of Us!’
‘An intricately woven mystery-within-a-mystery full of twists and surprises’
‘Takes you on an enthralling voyage around the world’
‘I think it’ll connect with a lot of women out there.’
‘Oh my days, Milo! *dreamy sigh* The first meeting between Claire and Milo is utterly electric; the chemistry between the two is intense and yet their romance feels authentic and builds at a natural pace, and I was soon swept up in it.’
‘Truly, one of the most powerful and exquisite romances I’ve ever read.’
‘The Atlas of Us is a passionate, beautiful and heart-wrenching tale about loss and new beginnings that will haunt you long after you’ve turned the last page.’
‘An emotionally-charged new novel’ TAKE A BREAK
‘An ambitious and deeply poignant story that will take you into another world’ HEAT
‘I was left absolutely traumatised in a totally brilliant way … Beautiful, heartbreaking, uplifting … Really worth a read’ HELLO!
‘I could see it playing out like a movie as I was reading … I loved it’ NOVELKICKS
‘A compelling, page turning read about secrets in families and the unwitting consequences … I was completely hooked . . . Sad, powerful and absorbing’ Julia Williams
‘A compelling and emotional read that pulled me in – full of intrigue and secrets. A riveting story that I know will stay with me for a very long time’ Alexandra Brown--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Tracy Buchanan lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband, their little girl and their puppy, Bronte. Tracy travelled extensively while working as a travel magazine editor, and has always been drawn to the sea after spending her childhood holidays on the south coast visiting family, a fascination that inspires her writing. She now dedicates her time to writing and procrastinating on Facebook.
Sign up for Tracy’s e-newsletter at https://www.tracy-buchanan.com. If you’re a fan of her books, join the exclusive Facebook group she’s set up with other bestselling women’s fiction authors for giveaways and exclusives. Just visit www.facebook.com/groups/TheReadingSnug and request to join.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B00IC2WSMQ
- Publisher : Avon (3 July 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 982 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 418 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 240,167 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I must admit it didn't really hook me until over a third in but I'm glad I persevered, by the end I felt it was a very powerful novel.
Although a totally different story, it reminded me of the feelings I had when I finished 'The Sea Sisters' by Lucy Clarke, which I also loved.
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The novel spans different countries, from Exmoor and Northern Finland to the Australian desert, and one of the strengths of the book is Tracy Buchanan’s skill at conjuring up the feel of widely dissimilar landscapes and environments. I was a little less convinced by the relationship between Claire and Milo: I kept asking myself why Claire stuck with him, especially as more hidden things from his past come to light and as his behaviour becomes more difficult.
But overall an enjoyable blend of the telling of a love relationship and a degree of mystery.
How far would you go for the one you love the most? The clever tagline that graces the front cover of The Atlas of Us makes you instantly think of far off places and adventures but it also means how much would you do for those you love.
For Louise Fenton this means travelling halfway across the world to a disaster area to find her mother Nora who was in Thailand when the tsunami struck.
Meanwhile, Jay, a journalist is looking for his friend Claire Shreve who was also there on that fateful day. Both of the ladies seem to be connected but neither Jay nor Louise knows how. It is through Louise’s determination and desperation to find her mother that this heartbreaking family mystery gets uncovered.
It has been an awfully long while since a writer has had my pulse racing but that is exactly what Tracy Buchanan’s The Atlas of Us managed to do. The drama and drive of this novel created a feeling of panic and urgency within me as I read from chapter to chapter, voraciously talking in the story and getting mad at my own eyes for not being able to read any more quickly.
The storylines were so delicately woven and each time a new plot twist happened I was genuinely shocked; I didn’t see any of them coming and, believe me, there were plenty to choose from. The characters, though each ultimately flawed in some way were easy to root for. For example, Milo seemed so beaten by life, constantly trying to do right by everyone but ultimately letting himself down; Louise just wanted to fix the past but time and ultimately a natural disaster prevented her from doing so.
Overall, The Atlas of Us does everything a good book is supposed to do. It held my attention, it had me genuinely worried for the outcome of the characters – heck it even had me cheering them on to bigger and better things and Buchanan managed to take me to far off distant places that I have no other way of knowing. I travelled with this book from the confines of my own bedroom. The Atlas of Us is a truly accomplished novel.
Claire then takes up the narrative and dominates it for most of the book with the occasional segment from Louise. Claire describes the development of her passionate and often turbulent relationship with handsome, troubled Milo. The original mystery of what happened to Nora is overlaid with many other unanswered questions concerning Milo's past, his dysfunctional family and the fate of Nora's best friend, Erin. As the plot moves through various locations across the globe the author skilfully brings all the disparate threads together and finally addresses all the unanswered questions back in Thailand where it all began. At least one revelation was easily anticipated but there were also some unexpected twists to surprise the reader.
I didn't feel I could quite give the book five stars because I felt that other than Claire, the characterisation was rather one-dimensional, never more so than in the case of Milo who came across as a stereotype: tall, dark, handsome, brooding, etc, etc, but with little sense of a personality. There was also a distinct dichotomy whereby the unconventional, free-spirited, hippyish types were portrayed as unremittingly good and admirable, whereas males in secure careers with conventional lifestyles were either bad or sad. That said, I enjoyed the book immensely and found it easy reading. I read it over the course of a week's holiday and there was enough interest in this comparatively lengthy novel to keep me coming back to it despite the distractions of sun, sea and sand!
The prologue is dramatic, simply told and gripping at the same time – I knew as soon as I began reading that I was going to enjoy this book.
The structure of the book is in two time lines, one told by Claire, we learn of her personal trials and tribulations that set her on a different path to the one she had envisioned, a path that sends her to wide flung often exotic and often dangerous countries where she writes compelling articles. Through Claire we get to meet Milo and his mysterious family. To say anymore will spoil the delight you have coming when you read this book, so suffice to say Claire’s story takes us up to 2004 and the truly awful Indian Ocean earth quake and tsunami. Interwoven in Claire’s story we have Louise who tells her own story and we learn of the demons she has to fight and overcome when she travels to the tsunami site in search of her estranged mother. The stories from these two hugely different women are interwoven until they finally meet in 2004 and finally things become clear to us the reader…………. The epilogue was just the icing on the cake for me with this book – you’ll have to read the book to find out why.
This book is quite beautifully written. The countries it takes us to are explained in just enough detail to set the scene and I could almost taste the hot red sand in Australia and I shivered at the sub zero temperatures in Finland. And the characters are incredibly believable with their all too human problems and flaws. I found the book totally un-put-downable, the need to find out more sending me to my Kindle when I should have been doing other things!! The writing is so skilful, it is hard to believe it is a first novel !!! And there are so many clever and totally unexpected twists and turns, all of which kept me wanting more.
Do read this book, you will not be disappointed. I have downloaded her next (My Sister's Secret) and after only a few pages it promises to live up to The Atlas of Us.
I think the description of the run up to the tsunami was done well where you could envisage the resort etc in your head. Character wise, I've got to say I wasn't as taken as the author obviously intended the reader to be with Milo either but probably plenty of reviewers would disagree with that.
I have another book by this author which I will read. Will I enjoy it more than this one?!