Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Review: The Bride's Farewell by Meg Rosoff


On the morning of her wedding, Pell Ridley creeps out of bed in the dark, kisses her sisters goodbye and flees -- determined to escape a future that offers nothing but hard work and sorrow. She takes the only thing that truly belongs to her: Jack, a white horse.
The road ahead is rich with longing, silence and secrets, and each encounter leads her closer to the untold story of her past. Then Pell meets a hunter, infuriating, mysterious and cold. Will he help her to find what she seeks?
With all the hallmarks of Meg Rosoff's extraordinary writing, The Bride's Farewell also breaks new ground for this author, in a nineteenth-century, Hardyesque setting. This is a moving story of love and lost things, with a core of deep, beautiful romance. 


***

The Bride's farewell is a interesting different book from Meg Rosoff. It is completely different from her other books.

The book is the story of Pell. She decides to leave home the morning of her wedding day as she doesn't want to be like her mother and have a tough life of a wife of a farmer producing hoards of children becoming older and more tired. What follows is Pell's journey across the country as she tries to stay away from her father and works to make enough money to feed herself.

The book gives you a real feel of the historical period it is set in and the sheer struggle of life for poorer people where the difference between earning enough to eat or not enough and starving is a real issue. The story goes along quite slowly and at times I found myself losing interest but it was nice to see where it finally ended up as it tied up quite nicely.

Not my favourite Meg Rosoff but certainly worth a read.

1 comment:

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