Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Book Review | A Week in Paris by Rachel Hore

Dan knows well my love of books, and has managed to always nail the choices he gives me. For my birthday this year, he gave me "A Week in Paris" by Rachel Hore. Despite getting this book in October, I have only just got around to reading this book, and it was well worth the wait. I found myself hooked, and this was very risky considering I was finishing my dissertation around the same time I began reading.

This book tells the story of a mother and daughter; Kitty and Fay. It flicks between two time periods, Kitty in Paris during the war, and Fay in Paris in 1961 touring with an orchestra. This worked really well, and I didn't find myself confused as I could have done in the past. I liked learning about both of the women's lives both in the past and the present in the novel. It made the novel a lot more interesting than if it had just been told from the perspective of the past. I don't want to say too much because the novel really wasn't anything like I had predicted it to be in the beginning; it was a lot more grasping and interesting than I thought. It was such a good book, and I actually wish I could re-read it without knowing anything so I'd get the same amount of enjoyment out of it again which is really saying something.

"The streets of Paris hide a dark past...

September, 1937. Kitty Travers enrols at the Conservatoire on the banks of the Seine to pursure her dream of becoming a concert pianist. But then war breaks out and the city of light falls into shadow.

Nearly twenty-five years later, Fay Knox, a talented young violinist, visits Paris on tour with her orchestra. She barely knows the city, so why does it feel so familiar? Soon touches of memory become something stronger, and she realises her connection with these streets runs deeper than she ever expected. 

As Fay traces the past, with only an address in an old rucksack to help her, she discovers dark secrets hidden years ago, secrets that cause her to question who she is and where she belongs..."

I'm definitely going to track down some more of Rachel's books - if they are anything like this one you won't be able to drag me away. I enjoyed it so much!

Have you ever read any of Rachel Hore's books? 

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