Friday, July 25, 2014

Review: To Turn Full Circle by Linda Mitchelmore

To Turn Full Circle
Rating: ★★★★★ stars
Date Published: June 7th, 2102
Publisher: Choc Lit
Synopsis: Life in Devon in 1909 is hard and unforgiving, especially for young Emma Le Goff, whose mother and brother die in curious circumstances, leaving her totally alone in the world. While she grieves, her callous landlord Reuben Jago claims her home and belongings.

His son Seth is deeply attracted to Emma and sympathises with her desperate need to find out what really happened, but all his attempts to help only incur his father’s wrath.

When mysterious fisherman Matthew Caunter comes to Emma’s rescue, Seth is jealous at what he sees and seeks solace in another woman. However, he finds that forgetting Emma is not as easy as he hoped.

Matthew is kind and charismatic, but handsome Seth is never far from Emma’s mind. Whatever twists and turns her life takes, it seems there is always something – or someone – missing.

Can Seth persuade Emma that they can overcome their past?


The first novel in a trilogy.

What I Thought:

Emma stole my heart from the first page.  I grieved with her and experienced rage on her behalf.  I was very intrigued about what had brought her so low.  I admired her grit and determination to stand on her own feet and prove all the naysayers wrong.  I had no idea this book was part of a trilogy when I started reading it.

Seth was a conundrum for me.  I liked him for the most part but wasn't able to understand some of his choices.  I understand both Emma and Seth are young, but they seemed older due to their personalities, at least Emma did.  I for the most part was wary of Michael because I wasn't sure whether his intentions were good or bad.

I liked how after catching my interest with Emma's plight I was treated to a great story.  I wasn't quite sure at any point what was going to happen.  I was surprised by how the attitude of many towards Emma might be the same if the story had been set in present times, although I like to think we've come farther than that.

I look forward to reading the second book in this trilogy and finding out what happens to Seth, Emma, and Michael.  I haven't read any of Linda's other books, but hope to do so in the future, sooner rather than later.  She was able to whisk onto a journey I truly enjoyed in a time bygone.  

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About the Author 
It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good and for Linda Mitchelmore it was losing her hearing to a viral infection that prompted her to write. She signed up to a postal short story writing course with Writing Magazine and has now had some 150 short stories and serials published in national magazines in the UK, Sweden, South Africa and Australia.
For Linda, it has come full circle since she signed up for that short story writing course as she is now a preliminary judge for Writing Magazine competitions.

*A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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