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Hearts and Bones Pr Paperback
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0330352326
- ISBN-13 : 978-0330352321
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Then somehow the beautiful prose began to overshadow the actual story. Half way through I had a hard time concentrating on what was actually going on and had to force myself to pick up the book to read it. I realized that I really didn't care "who done it", I just wanted to finish the book.
It may be that it just wasn't really a book for me but that doesn't necessarily mean it's a bad novel. However, since I rate books based on my enjoyment of them I had to give it only three stars. You may enjoy it more than I did though.
Margaret Lawrence manages to express the truth of madness, the horror of war and the beauty of love in such a way that you begin to forget about the story these passages belong to. This is a mystery novel. It has a good story, the mystery is intriguing. But the writing is so beautiful I forgot I was on the lookout for a murderer at times.
That said, the mystery is good. I was genuinely surprised by the end of the book, and Hannah Trevor makes a great sleuth as an unconventional midwife. But if you're reading this book because it's a mystery you may be disappointed, the story just isn't focused around the crime. It's much more centered on Hannah's relationship with Daniel Josselyn, the father of her deaf and mute seven year old daughter, and the history of the period.
So here's the scoop on the crime. Anthea Emory is discovered strangled in her cabin in Rufford, Maine on Valentines Day, 1786. She leaves behind a letter under a salt cellar to her husband, who off in the woods surveying land and has been for months. In the letter she says three men have broken into her home three nights in a row and raped her. She believed one is coming back and will kill her soon.
This letter, of course, fascinates the reader, since the prolog to the book was a point of view of the killer, and we know from this prolog that everything said in the letter doesn't make sense.
I won't say any more, because that could spoil the story. Read this if you like historical fiction, or mysteries, but you'll enjoy it the most if you love both, and are a romantic at heart.
I give this book a solid four stars, not five, only because the gorgeous writing distracts from the reading.
Hannah Trevor is a magnetic character. Through her we are given a glimpse of post-colonial household labors and herbal/midwifery practices. Her desire for artistic expression,even in this forbidding environment, is evidenced by her work on the quilt whose pattern name is also the title of the novel.
Yes, there is a mystery and many haunting historical references, but it is the rich atmosphere created by Ms. Lawrence that carries the novel, and allows the reader to have an empathic experience with the characters.