Call of the Curlew written by Elizabeth Brooks, publisher Doubleday (an imprint of Transworld) is available NOW in ebook and hardcover format.
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Virginia Wrathmell has always known she will meet her death on the marsh.
One snowy New Year’s Eve, at the age of eighty-six, Virginia feels the time has finally come.
New Year’s Eve, 1939. Virginia is ten, an orphan arriving to meet her new parents at their mysterious house, Salt Winds. Her new home sits on the edge of a vast marsh, a beautiful but dangerous place. War feels far away out here amongst the birds and shifting sands – until the day a German fighter plane crashes into the marsh. The people at Salt Winds are the only ones to see it.
What happens next is something Virginia will regret for the next seventy-five years, and which will change the whole course of her life.
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of this debut novel by Elizabeth Brooks; Call of the Curlew. This is an outstanding debut and I look forward to lots more from this author who I believe is one to watch.
This is a sweeping story spanning two periods. The story starts off in the present time, a bleak December 2015 when 86 year old Virginia Wrathmell is preparing to say her goodbyes to the house and it’s memories that she’s shared and have haunted her soul for seventy-five years. We then travel back to December 1939 when eleven year old Virginia takes her first steps down the lane towards her new home with her adoptive parents Clem and Lorna. Her new home, Salt Winds, was on the edge of the marshes of Tollbury Point and Virginia was warned about the danger of the uncertainty of the land.
From the dark, quite striking cover with glimpses of light and warmth which perfectly sets the scene for the story within it’s pages. The author’s style of writing kept me fully engaged with the storyline and I was quite captivated. This area of land surrounding Salt Winds had almost two personalities. There was a calm, stillness to the vista and with the vast array of bird species it must have been a joy to just take time out to just watch the natural beauty and it’s wildlife. However, the eeriness that the marshes held sent chills threw me and that ever presence of danger was always there lurking behind the shadows.
There was a strange complexity to the relationship between Virginia’s adoptive parents and young Virginia became a different child to each respective parent. She adored her father Clem and was a little perplexed by her mother Lorna.
Salt Winds was quite isolated but when the conflict of war disturbed their lives one fateful New Year’s Eve 1939 Virginia’s new life was to change dramatically. Fears of loss, betrayal, anguish and fear for her own life during this period were to stay with her.
Fast forward to 2015 when a mysterious visitor to Salt Winds provokes many emotions in Virginia that she tried to keep hidden within the walls of the grand house that now feels so cold and desolate.
I was totally transfixed with this evocative tale spanning two lifetimes. I loved the time back in 1939 with young Virginia but the darkness that Virginia experienced was heart-breaking and left me quite angry at times. I wanted to scream and shout but I think that a particular character had a rather unhealthy strong control over them. There is darkness to the story but there is much, much more. There is a joy and warmth woven within the storyline and you feel a sense of hope emerging.
A deeply captivating debut novel.
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