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A Beautiful, yet profound story of two incredible women... Set 80 years apart
6 March 2016
I bought this as my Kindle First book of the month and I was utterly delighted with it. This story alternates between two independant women harbouring personnel tragedy and grief, set 80 years apart but in the same hospital. From Mina to Grace & Grace to Mina.. You are bounced between the tale of two simple British women that harbour so much pain internally. This is an unexpectedly haunting description of what seems like two very plausible stories.
Their stories are touching and sometimes frightening, but author Sarah Painter writes engaging storylines and this is an easy read, hard to put down and with a twist of the magical. Truly, beautiful and exceptionally subtle yet profound - the author has managed to achieve this while dealing with deep and significant life events in both these ladies lives.
Trying to piece Mina's memories together was such a unique way to read the story and unfold her truth and made the story feel far more dynamic then you'd imagine. Grace on the other hand is totally lucid and stoic and her story so incredibly sad, that you feel her channeling her grief and fear into her physical work as a nurse. "Something was broken inside her, Grace knew, with the certainty brought by pain and fear. Something had snapped and would never be repaired."
"I wasn’t capable of feeling any more guilt than I already was. The guilt had consumed me. It was everything and I was it." I particularly liked Grace's friend Evie very much, she had real hutzpah and get up and go and added a lightness to the story which was needed.
Things get really interesting when the two finally intersect, the hints of the paranormal take on a stronger force in the last half of the book. The only dialogue between Mina and Grace consisted of ‘Why do I see you?’ Grace shook her head. ‘That’s the wrong question.’ Yet you feel as a reader that Grace is a guardian angel for Mina.
Mostly on face you'd think these were interesting, normal girls and the story taking place in 4 walls of a hospital a little flat, yet the writing, the intersections, the dialogue and the constant sense of dread and fear make this very special.
Their journeys to understand the urgency of their messages are mesmerising, and as I reached the last chapters, I felt both anxious and excited. A solid 5 stars.