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The Lost Pearl Kindle Edition
About the Author
Emily Madden covets books like some women covet shoes and handbags (although she has a decent collection of each of those too!). While she reads anything and everything, stories that touch the heart and uplift the soul are what she loves the most. Emily lives in Sydney with her two girls and husband. She's a coffee lover and can often be found writing at her local haunts.
Photo credit: JQ Photography--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07CJSJV8G
- Publisher : Mira (1 September 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 763 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 415 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 4,910 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Hawaii is beautiful, tropical weather, white beaches, picture perfect scenery, and young people having fun in paradise. Yes they had some concerns about the war but they really thought they were safe and that all changed on the 7th of December 1941.
Catherine, Charlie, Eddie and their families lives are changed forever by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It's a story about war, love, secrets, drama, family and sacrifice.
I enjoyed reading The Lost Pearl, it's a emotional family saga and I gave it 4 stars.
Emily grabbed my attention from the start and I could not put this book down, I devoured it in days. I had to stop reading to do the wife/mother duties and also to sleep!!!
The story begins in Hawaii 1941, Catherine (Kitty) McGarrie meets Charlie the love of her life at her 16th Birthday party. Fast forward to Sydney 2016 Catherine ends up in hospital and her granddaughter Kit Bennett visits her and this is where we hear the story of love, heartache and all about the lost pearl. We are the taken on an adventure of a lifetime.
Oh, if you are reading this review to find out what happened guess what, you aren’t finding out from me, sorry but you have to go get a copy and read it yourself!!!
But I will give you the heads up on one thing, before you start reading this book, clear your diary and make sure you have a box tissues handy as you are going to need them!!! (I wish someone told me this)
It is a beautifully written story and Emily has achieved a work of art with this novel. I was transported me to some wonderful places throughout this book. Emily has done some thorough research, which has made the description of the Pearl Harbour battle come across as authentic.
This story is one that I can honestly say is going to stay with me for a long time. I still feel the high emotions of the story today. It is a must-read book.
I highly recommend it!!!
Top Pick 2018
Fast forward to present day Sydney, Australia. Catherine's granddaughter Kit is at her side in the hospital after Catherine has suffered a fall. Her mind addled with painkillers, she lets something slip, something she has been keeping a secret for a long time. So begins the stories of two women, united as family, but in separate timelines, and we discover the loves and losses they endure along the way. From the idyllic beaches of Hawaii to the glittering city of Sydney we laugh and cry along with them. From the crazy aftermath of Pearl Harbour, to more peaceful times, we follow their lives until it all comes together in a moving finale.
Emily Madden weaves a poignant tale of old loves, new loves, family and moving on, but never forgetting. Her descriptions of the Pearl Harbour battle come across as authentic, we can feel the panic of Catherine and the people around her, desperate to know if their loved ones are safe. She moves us through the tale, slowly revealing the secrets that follow both Catherine and Kit, and keeps her readers poised, wanting more., until the very end.
I was rivetted to this book, couldn't put it down until I finished it, which I did in one day. I will definitely be looking out for more of this author's work in the future.
My thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin Australia for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Set in 1941 Hawaii and 2016 Sydney, The Lost Pearl is mostly Catherine /Kitty's story of lost love and the secrets that she has kept from her family all her life.
I am in a bit of a historical phase at the moment, and having been to Pearl Harbour, I thoroughly enjoyed the Hawaiian setting - even though things are a lot different in the book than when I wa there. However, having been there it did help me understand the setting and the feeling of the book a little better.
Ms Madden paints a vivid picture of pre-war Hawaii that I could feel myself being drawn in to.
Having so many plotlines set in so many time periods, The Lost Pearl could have found itself in a bit of a confusing mess, however Ms Madden has written this story so well that this was not the case at all.
I did feel that that character of Kit was a little less rounded out than that of Kitty and her family and friends in 1941. It was hard at to figure out her justifications for delving so hard into finding her grandmothers secrets, however as we did learn more of Kit it did become more clear. Also, this could just be me.
I did feel for Kit as the story progressed and we learned more of her past.
I enjoyed being taken along both Catherine and Kit's journeys, their loves, their losses.
The Lost Pearl is an epic love story that will sweep you away with the characters. I did shed a few tears as I was reading, and I am sure you will too.
Beautifully written, wonderful characters, this story would make a great movie.
I can't wait to see what Ms Madden brings us next.