Smith's first novel The Ropemaker's Daughter (Diva Books, 2002) received high acclaim. She grew up in Essex and now lives in Southampton
Carradine Diaryby Virginia Smith
Graphic designer Abby Martin lives with her partner Gayle in England-until Abby secures an assignment to illustrate a biography of the 19th-century author Lucy Pritchard, and travels across the world to the coastal town of Carradine, Canada. Once there, Abby meets Elise, an attractive local French-Canadian whose own grandmother claims to have in her possession
Graphic designer Abby Martin lives with her partner Gayle in England-until Abby secures an assignment to illustrate a biography of the 19th-century author Lucy Pritchard, and travels across the world to the coastal town of Carradine, Canada. Once there, Abby meets Elise, an attractive local French-Canadian whose own grandmother claims to have in her possession Pritchard's ancient Carradine diary, a journal which details a private scandal-and the Lucy Pritchard revealed in the diary is very different from the Lucy Pritchard history remembers. Abby must not only accept the impossible truth about the author's time in Carradine, but in doing so also confront her own truth. For, far from home and falling in love with someone she should not, Abby is faced with a similar dilemma to that which once drove Pritchard from Carradine in disgrace . . . but will Abby make the same choice?
From the author of The Ropemaker's Daughter, this is a poetic, sensually written thriller for lovers of mysteries and fine literary fiction alike.
Praise for The Ropemaker's Daughter:
"Full of unexpected twists . . . Virginia Smith will keep you gripped to the last page."-Reading Evening Post
"Lovers of Barbara Vine will adore Smith's plotting . . . The Ropemaker's Daughter takes you on a fantastic ride . . . an amazing first novel."-Gay.com
"A page-turner."-What's On
"Totally engrossing . . . The Ropemaker's Daughter is Virginia Smith's first published novel and I for one am eagerly awaiting her next."-Lesbian Worlds
Virginia Smith's first novel The Ropemaker's Daughter (Diva Books, 2002) receivedhigh acclaim. She grew up in Essex and now lives in Southampton.
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Abby Martin is a graphic designer who has received a commission to illustrate a book being written by famed biographer Mo Laker. To complete the drawings, Abby has to leave her partner Gayle behind in England while she flies to Canada, but this hasn't been as difficult as it should have been. Abby and Gayle have a long term relationship, but Abby is beginning to question if it's all that it should be. She's hoping that the time spent in Canada will give her time to work all of this out in her mind. Her assignment is to travel around Prince William Island drawing places that were important in the life of Lucy Pritchard. Pritchard was a 19th century writer who is famous for a series of children's books that have spawned a number of cottage industries that support the economic life on the island. Mo provides a list of places that she wants sketched for the book, then Abby is left on her own and slowly unwraps a mystery about Lucy and her life. In a small community called Carradine, where Lucy used to teach, Abby meets the attractive Elise Robichaud, her mother Ruth, and her grandmother Marie. Abby feels herself drawn to Elise, but it quickly becomes clear that the Robichauds, who were tied to Lucy's story, have something to hide that neither they nor Mo want Abby to find out. Before leaving on a trip, Mo tells Abby not to return to Carradine, but it's a promise she can't keep because of her desire to see Elise again. A broken starter on her car, leaves Abby stranded in Carradine with time - time to explore her relationship with Elise, time to worry about her relationship with Gayle and time to discover Lucy's Carradine Diary, which will reveal a shocking surprise about Lucy Pritchard's life that becomes a completely unexpected twist to the story. Abby is confronted by choices about her life, Elise, Gayle and Lucy, all of which could have devastating effects. Virginia Smith, who has passed away, was a word master. She alternates between first person narrative and dialogue to create an atmosphere of intimacy with Abby. The reader knows what she's thinking and shares the confusion of her emotions as the story unfolds. By moving back and forth between the story of Abby and Elise and Lucy's story, Smith creates a growing sense of suspense about both stories. She deftly plants hints as to what Lucy's secret might have been and then catches the reader at the end with an unexpected revelation. This book deserves to have attention paid to it because it is a powerful piece of literature. The only drawback is that, as you're realizing what a fine book you've read, you'll also remember that there won't be any more. That truly is a shame.