I would like to apologize for posting this a bit late, as it was supposed to be up last week. I had a wee bit of technical difficulty with WordPress. Fine- it was me, alright. I accidentally entered the wrong year for posting. I have managed to work out the slight kink, and the operator, a.k.a. me has been scolded for the mishap. She promises to do better in the future, and to double check the dates from now on. Thank you. Oh, and enjoy!
by Katherine Webb
Pub. Date: May 28, 2013 (Paperback Release)
Book received from: Publisher
Genre: Historical Fiction/ Mystery
Cover: Just lovely. I like the simplicity, colors, and font used.
Characters: Appealing, yet forgetable
Tagline: The ghosts of the past have jealous hearts
First line(s): “The wind was so strong that Dimity felt herself being pulled between two worlds; caught in a waking dream so vivid the edges blurred, and then vanished.”
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Worth the read? Sure. However, you might want to try another of Webb’s titles first.
From the Cover:
A spellbinding tale about the power of love, the danger of obsession, and the unfaithful nature of memory. A Half Forgotten Song is by turns haunting, heartbreaking and joyous.
1937. In a village on the Dorset coast, fourteen-year-old Mitzy Hatcher has endured a wild and lonely upbringing, until the arrival of renowned artist Charles Aubrey-along with his exotic mistress and their daughters-changes everything. Over the next three summers, Mitzy sees a future she had never thought possible, and a powerful love is kindled in her. A love that grows from innocence to obsession; from childish infatuation to something far more complex. Years later, a young man in an art gallery looks at a hastily-drawn portrait and wonders at its intensity. The questions he asks lead him to a Dorset village and to the truth about those fevered summers in the 1930s.
The Short & Sweet of It: This is a middle-of-the-road novel for me. I didn’t dislike it, but I was never ravenously turning the pages, either. The story was compelling, and the way the author allows it to unfold is quite well done, leaving room for a twist here and there. The characters were not very likable, which distracted me from the story from time to time. However, the atmosphere is quite amazing. It is dark and bleak and romantic all at once. Webb certainly knows how to set the tone and environment for her characters to flourish.
While I am finding it a bit tough to describe my feelings about this, I suppose it would best be summed up as apathetic. There is a much to be appreciated within the pages of A Half Forgotten Song, but the pace is a bit slow and the lack of connection with the characters has left me feeling like it could have done so much more and really been great, instead of settling for good. On many levels, A Half Forgotten Song is easily half forgotten.
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