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Molly Russell lives for her music, which sustains her as she cares for her son and husband, and suffers her mother-in-law. ...
Molly Russell lives for her music, which sustains her as she cares for her son and husband, and suffers her mother-in-law. When she meets Jaq, a world she never imagined opens to her—a world entirely out of reach.
With the storm of war still raging in Europe and other battles to be fought at home, can two women bound by the land and family ties find the freedom to love and build a life together?
Posted June 21, 2013
The problem with a novel based on history is that the reader probably already knows what is going to unfold in the events. The author however should not telegraph her moves ahead of time. One of the tricks of a historic novel is keeping the reader believing that something different is going to occur from what she expects even though she knows it can't. Shelley Thrasher tells a typical romance, but she couldn't disguise the history and that makes the story predictable.
The Storm is a routine romance. Women meet, encounter an obstacle and have to decide a way around it. What could have made it different is the time period in which it is set. The book doesn't have any energy though. The story drags from one scene to another, following the formula and practically ignoring the energy of the time. Women are on the move. They are claiming a new existence for themselves. Little of that is in here. There is one episode where Molly decides to register to vote, but that interest level isn't sustained through the book. The rest of the book is uneven. The characters don't shine or stand out.
The situations don't ring true either. Molly fears the disapproval of her mother-in-law, but thinks nothing of sneaking off for hours with Jaq to do something else. They don't want anyone to know what is going on between them, but their behavior indicates that something is very much out of the ordinary. Because Thrasher switches from the mind of one character to another, including Molly's mother-in-law, it's sometimes easy to lose track of who is "thinking." That means the reader has to backtrack and pick up the threads again.
Those looking for a book to entertain them will find The Storm meets that requirement. If you like to learn something about a period when you read, you'll find this book falls far short of what it could have been.
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Posted June 2, 2014
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