A Half Forgotten Song: A Novel

A Half Forgotten Song: A Novel

by Katherine Webb
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A Half Forgotten Song: A Novel by Katherine Webb

In Half Forgotten Song, fourteen-year-old Mitzy Hatcher’s lonely life on the wild Dorset coast is changed forever when renowned artist Charles Aubrey arrives to summer there with his exotic mistress and daughters.
Mitzy develops a bond with the Aubrey household, gradually becoming Charles's muse. Over the next three summers, a powerful love is kindled in her that grows 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.
With Sunday Times bestselling novel Half Forgotten Song, Katherine Webb spins a historical tale of long kept secrets and obsessive love that fans of Kate Morton and Susanna Kearsley are sure to love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062234469
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/28/2013
Pages: 469
Sales rank: 821,592
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Katherine Webb grew up in rural Hampshire, England. She has lived in London and Venice, and she currently resides in Berkshire, England. Having worked as a wait-ress, au pair, personal assistant, potter, bookbinder, library assistant, and housekeeper at a manor house, she now writes full-time.

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A Half Forgotten Song 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars 'A Half-Forgotten Song' is a work of literary fiction that chronicles the life of Mitzy Hatcher during the summer of 1937 when renowned artist Charles Aubrey brings his daughters and his mistress to the small town that Mitzy lives in with her family. That summer and the following three summers, will forever change Mitzy's life, along with the lives of those who were involved in Aubrey's life. Scandal turns to obsession, secrets, heartache, and love. Webb did an impeccable job with her novel. Her writing style flowed effortlessly and I was transported back in time alongside the characters from the very first page. The descriptions of the time and the various settings of the novel were done in such a way that I could simply close my eyes and I could vividly imagine the scene unfolding around me. The characters in the book were very realistic and believable. They all had unique personalities and flaws that made them easy to identify with - I felt as if I knew them all personally, like I was taking part in the narrative myself. The author wrote the characters with such earnestness that even their mistakes and character flaws make the reader love and sympathize with them. We feel every emotion with intensity and vigor. All the characters are written with this amount of depth, so the heroine doesn't feel over-developed and the other characters are just as rounded, which I feel make the story all the more enchanting. The novel swept me away from the first page and didn't release it's hold until the last word. There aren't many times when a piece of literature makes a lasting impression on a reader, but this is one that I will be thinking and speaking about for a long time to come. Webb did a wonderful job bringing not only the past to life, but making the all the emotions and consequences of these people come alive before our very eyes. It is an enthralling look into history and a beautifully written piece of literary fiction. Highly recommended for lovers of literary and historical fiction. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
sneps More than 1 year ago
An Excellent Read! This book has a gothic vibe, that will certainly keep the reader engaged. While this book is told through alternating voices and past/present, the reader will easily be able to follow the storyline and see how the truth unravels for both-Mitzy and Zach. The story is rather a bitter sweet tale of love lost, love regained, abandonment, and regret. When I first read the synopsis and started reading the book, I thought the feelings Mitzy were reciprocated in an unhealthy pedofile-ish way. However once I got into the meat of the book, I was able to see how infatuation can be one-sided and quite blinding. To understand Mitzy and love her (despite of her flaws and regrettable things she does), one has to remember how broken her home life was. Her mother was a prostitute, her father was no where to be found (maybe lost at sea), leaving Mitzy neglected and the laughing stock of the town for having a mom like that. Enter the Aubrey family, with their love and joyfulness, which makes her want to be a part of their world. I loved the innocence that both Aubrey sisters displayed and their carefree personality. Naturally, Mitzy loves being around the girls and is accepted openly into their family....in the beginning. Then, Mitzy's feelings for Charles become more of daughter/father relationship and become an unhealthy infatuation, where she will do anything to be him, at any cost. And cost, it does! There are so many twists and while the beginning may be a little slow, it shows the relationship Zach has with his daughter and what draws him to the small town of Blacknowle. The ending is sooo good! It unravels all the truths that were hidden by guilt, sadness, and regret. What I loved most about this book is the lessons it teaches. It shows how we can perceive something in our mind, but our reality can be quite different. It also shows how there are always consequences and everyone pays in some way. Overall, an excellent book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book very much. The characters were so relatable and interesting. The story line held me to the very end. The plot was full of twists and turns.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters in this book-they really come alive.
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