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RMS Book Club: The Miniaturist

Author: Miranda Eason

So, here we go, the first ever Rock My Style book club meeting! As announced back in January, our first book is The Miniaturist, the best-selling debut novel by Jessie Burton and winner of all sorts of awards including the Waterstones book of the Year 2014.

For those of you who haven’t read it yet, The Miniaturist is a literary thriller set in 17th century Amsterdam and tells the story of teenage bride Nella who, upon arriving at her new home, is greeted by her new husband’s frosty sister. Her new husband, Johannes, is nowhere to be seen. When he does finally turn up, he’s distant and continually avoids consummating their marriage. It’s not exactly the new life that Nella was hoping for. As a wedding gift Johannes gives Nella a doll’s house, which is an exact replica of their home and, shortly afterwards, their lives begin to unravel and events spin increasingly out of control.

Charlotte and I have both read it and, despite us having similar taste in many things (blouses, Chanel nail polish, Parisian girl style, Paris in general and wearing shorts all year round being just a few things we’re passionate about in equal measure) our thoughts on the book differed wildly. But that’s ok, life, and book clubs, would be boring if we all felt the same way about everything. Oh and for those of you – like Lauren – who are still reading, we’ll avoid spoilers in the post, but I can’t guarantee there won’t be plot giveaways in the comments. Read at your own risk.

So, on to the book. I tore through it in less than a week, staying up way longer than I should have done, more than once, to read just one more chapter (surely the book reader’s equivalent of and precursor to boxset binge watching). That’s how wrapped up I was in this gorgeously written, utterly gripping tale.

It took me a couple of chapters to warm to our heroine but, once I did, I was totally Team Nella as she navigated her way through her strange new life and did her utmost to deal with the increasingly sinister events that threaten to derail the family that she has found herself a part of. I didn’t really warm to the other characters, apart from maybe Otto and, once or twice, Cornelia, but I don’t think we were supposed to, they hid their true selves from Nella and, in turn, us too.

Nella’s dawning realisation that all is not what it seems within her marriage and the wider household, her fascination with the creepy doll’s house and the mysterious miniaturist and her growing strength in the face of impending doom all had me hooked. One review of the book I read griped that a young woman living in 17th century Amsterdam wouldn’t have been able to wander around the city as freely as Nella does. In response to that I would say that doll’s houses don’t usually mirror (foretell? comment upon? control?) the events of the house they’re based on. It’s a work of fiction not historical fact, and I’m ok with Nella behaving in ways that perhaps aren’t strictly speaking historically accurate.

The language throughout the book is beautiful, but not so dense that you get stuck in it, having to reread a particular paragraph several times, as sometimes happens to me when I read books of a more literary bent. I assume that Jessie Burton’s working on her second novel. All I can say is: “Write faster Jessie!” I’m looking forward to reading whatever you come up with next.

Charlotte:

I’ll start by saying I am unsure if I even qualify as a Book “reviewer”, I used to be a voracious reader, nowadays it is an absolute luxury to be able to pick up a book as the little “spare” time I have is usually dedicated to my family and friends. Therefore I have to be really really engaged in a story within the first chapter or two, I haven’t got time to waste on something that could turn out to be mediocre. Harsh but true.

I am still unsure whether I would have continued to read The Miniaturist had I not committed to do so for this very book club. And the fact that my Mum went to the trouble of buying me such a beautifully presented hard back version.

I found the setting interesting, I have absolutely no knowledge of 17th century Amsterdam and Jessie Burton has clearly carried out a considerable amount of research. As the plot progressed I grew to like Nella Oortman considerably more that I did at the start, where I was frankly, non-plussed. How realistic her particular “coming of age” experience was in that era I’m unsure, many aspects simply didn’t fit for me personally. However, you can’t help but root for a heroine with a healthy dose of feisty and a ruthless desire to succeed.

I guessed both of the main plot lines early on, and I would rather I hadn’t, there were no surprises – and what with the sinister goings on surrounding her peculiar wedding gift I felt that there should have been. There is no denying the author writes for the most part, beautifully, I just found that actually, some of the descriptions surrounding locations and scenes were too in depth, too deliberate if you will. Yet information was severely lacking when it came to what anyone was actually feeling or thinking.

I didn’t feel that you really got to know Marin, Johannes, Otto or Cornelia at all, perhaps you were not supposed to. But I find it hard to care what the final outcome is if I feel I am merely aquatinted rather than completely immersed in the emotions of the characters. I found the book cold, the environment hostile. It just wasn’t for me.

Now it’s your turn! What did you think of The Miniaturist? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

There were so many great suggestions for the next book club read, it was hard to choose, but we’ve decided on Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey, as suggested by Lynn. You can buy it here We’ll get together to discuss it the first week in March. As well as leaving your thoughts on The Miniaturist, do include your suggestions for our March book!

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47 thoughts on “RMS Book Club: The Miniaturist

  1. I’m in the middle! I gulped down the book, but found it frustrating- I guessed a major plot point early and thought it was a bit tired and obvious, and all the gorgeous description can’t hide a slightly plodding plot. I also found the ending a let down. But I liked it, and don’t have the grumpy resentment feeling I get when I waste time on a pants book. Just finished Elizabeth is Missing and not sure I can wait another month to blah on about it

  2. I enjoyed the book but I wouldn’t rave about it. I’d say it’s a good book. I found some of the characters frustrating and agree with you Charlotte about descriptions. The author clearly has a talent to story tell and as I know nothing about the history couldn’t tell you if it was accurate or not, but I think that’s not the point. I actually ended up pitying Nella but I’m not sure if that’s how she’s meant to come across, if indeed the author means you to feel anything for her. I found the ending disappointing and a bit rushed if I’m honest but on the whole I’m glad I read it.

  3. Ooh I know what you mean about the distant characters Charlotte – I’m no literary expert but it was written in a strange tense? More like a stage direction some of it? I just found that set me back further away from the characters and I could see so much less into their emotions, maybe. I kind of liked it – but it was all just a bit too sad for me. I like a good dose of cheesy, happy and sentimental. I loved Nella, and Cornelia in fact and did warm to Marin – but since my job is working to support young women going though some tough situations personally found it frustrating that I couldn’t dive in and take them all somewhere nicer! It was beautifully written and everything it said on the cover… but by the end I did just feel a bit desperate and lonely and sad… and not really inspired in a way I like to be at the end of a read.
    On an aside I totally appreciated having a reading deadline of book club! I do start a lot of books and finish very few!

  4. Like you Miranda, I got really stuck in and read the book very quickly. I thought the writing was absolutely beautiful and set the scenes very well with a lot of in depth description. I enjoyed reading about most of the characters and felt that Johannes storyline was still very in keeping with modern day issues (though perhaps not quite so extreme, but still current I feel!) and I felt a real sympathy with him. However, like you Charlotte, I guessed the two main plot lines very early on (at least certain aspects of them!) and felt that by the time I got to the end of the book I was thoroughly disappointed with the conclusions. I felt that the ending regarding the actual miniaturist was so unsatisfying and non informative and (SPOILER) the connection of the names between said miniaturist and Nella was just silly considering that was all that was said.

    I will look forward to the next book!!!!

    1. Vanessa – my thoughts exactly, it is as if the miniaturist wasn’t important at the end really and had just been kind of shoved into a few pages. By then I wasn’t that bothered anyway to be honest which is a shame!

  5. I read the book a little while ago after a brilliant trip to Amsterdam. I’d seen the real dolls house in the museum and was so excited when I heard about the book. I am easily hooked by books and don’t often guess plots so I really enjoyed it. I did however think that the end happens very suddenly and I almost expected it to end with ‘and she woke up and it had all been a dream…’ because there was so little reaction. Bits did get to me but the end I thought was slightly disappointing, almost like the writer had to end it quickly.

    1. Haha, the dream ending is the biggest cop out ever! Good point on the ending being too sudden, I was certainly expecting/hoping for a different outcome.

      1. Jusst finished the book last night-loved it-but must go back-didn’t understand the ending??? Help–needs a sequel!

  6. I have to admit I wasn’t a fan of this book and would not have finished it if it weren’t for RMS! I didn’t really engage with the characters and found I really had to force myself to carry on. I also just found it a bit of a sad book and wanted more information about the miniaturist. Still love the book club idea and looking forward to starting Elizabeth is missing!

    1. It’s true that the miniaturist could/should have been more central, the book is called The Miniaturist at the end of the day…

  7. I’m fairly divided on this one – I was like Miranda in that I got hooked and couldn’t put it down, but once it was finished I didn’t really care that much about what had happened. I didn’t really get a sense for how or when the relationship between Nella and Otto developed – they went from very distant to apparently very close with a deep emotional connection and I would have liked a bit more development of that.

    On a separate note I’m really grateful for RMS for getting me back reading – since reading this I’ve devoured several more, including Elizabeth Is Missing which I can really really recommend!

    Katie

  8. I didn’t really enjoy the first half of the book but really got into the second half probably at the point where we learned a lot more about the characters and they became friendlier to Nella. Still not sure why Johannes didn’t just sell the sugar! Looking forward to next months book.

  9. Well done RMS for making me start and finish a book within a month! I’m ticking off my New Year’s resolution so far!

    I, like Miranda, read the book quite quickly, but part of me thinks it’s because I was expecting something to happen that didn’t, if you know what I mean? I found Nella to be quite annoying and found the “rose tinted spectacles” view she had of Johannes at the end to be a little odd.

    The miniaturist didn’t really come to much and felt a little like a pointless plotline thrown in to make the story seem fitting of the time.

    Beautifully written, however, and very well researched by the author, so well done to her for that.

    Looking forward to starting the new book this weekend!

    1. I know what you mean Marianne, I would have liked the miniaturist to be more prominent too. I didn’t find Nella annoying but, yes, nothing he had done justified her view of him at the end, that was a bit odd.

  10. Hello everyone! I was about to download the book, but not sure I am going to now since your comments did instil a few doubts… I would love to join the book club, but I am constantly in the middle of some other book – which is pretty much always the case 😉 Going to try to join in at some point because I do enjoy reading other people’s reviews and ideas. Have a lovely day – and read 🙂

  11. I read this book quickly but probably because I was on honeymoon and lying on the beach! I did keep me interested and I agree that it was beautifully written.But it didn’t “grip” me and I felt the ending was a little weak. I really enjoy historical books so found the setting of the book, 17th Century Amsterdam, fascinating. It was pleasant, that’s probably all I can say! I will now go home and download Elizabeth is Missing, love being part of a book club!

    1. I consume books ridiculously quickly when I’m on a holiday which includes some beach time Rose! I’m not always a fan of historical novels but my love of Amsterdam outweighed that. Happy to hear you’re enjoying being part of a book club!

  12. I really enjoyed this book and found I needed to pace myself otherwise I would’ve finished it too quickly – as it is, I finished it with a week to spare and have been desperate for the next book choice 🙂
    I found it a little slow to start with, but as I read it became obvious the reader is being aligned with Nella and her experience of a new family and city. The lack of communication within the family results in a slightly stilted beginning which slowly unfurls as the plot evolves and as things start to spin out of control we learn more about the other characters.
    I do agree that the character of the miniaturist gets left to drift a little, I feel it could have been wrapped up a bit better – however I can kind of see that from Nella’s point of view she went to Amsterdam in search of a loving husband and didn’t find one, she goes in search of the Miniaturist and doesn’t find her…suppose its a theme throughout the book.
    It isn’t a book I would have picked up however I am glad I read it – I enjoy reading different things and pushing outside my literary comfort zone.
    Have just bought Elizabeth Is Missing for my Kobo (loving how instantaneous it is, no waiting on the post to arrive!) and can’t wait to get started 🙂 so far loving RMS Bookclub!

    1. I never pace myself when it comes to reading Annie, I might have to start though, especially with book club books, to give me time to process my thoughts. I galloped through The Miniaturist so quickly I didn’t really analyse it along the way. Book club fail!

  13. I loved reading this book, being engrossed in a time and place that I knew nothing about. But like others I felt disappointed there was no real conclusion to the miniaturist story line, I expected it to have a bigger part as it was the title of the book. I liked Nessa and enjoyed the narrative of the changing relationships between women that are thrown together. I feel a bit stupid for not guessing any of the big plots! I thought he didn’t sell the sugar because he wanted to punish them, but obviously it’s bad for him as well so that doesn’t really make sense. Oh well!

    Looking forward to reading Elizabeth is Missing, it’s been sat on my kindle for a while so a this is a good excuse to get started xx

  14. I also read the book really quickly, and was totally gripped. To the point of reading it whilst stirring dinner…
    I think I guessed both plot points early on, but strange as it sounds I don’t think I let myself believe I had so I was still surprised later on. I tend to guess ahead a lot, and take gratification from being both wrong and right over and over again.
    I liked the vagueness of the characters too, it gave me room to use my own imagination to come to various conclusions, almost like you’re allowed to half develop the story yourself.
    I was hoping for a different ending, *trying hard not to give anything away!* and I did also feel like I wanted to know more about The Miniaturist, felt like she got a bit forgotten in the chaos.

    I’ve recently changed from driving to work to getting the train and I’m loving the extra time I’m getting in my day, time to read, all for myself!

  15. I did enjoy the book, and it was nice to read something I would never have chosen otherwise but I must agree that while I read it quite quickly it was because I felt it was building up to something and I wanted to find out what that was, but unfortunately we never did. The ending felt very rushed and as though the minaturist was just an add on to the book which clearly it is not meant to be. I like books to have a clearly defined ending with everthing tied up in a neat little bow, but maybe that’s just me!

  16. I found the book to be a nice, easy read and I also got through it in just over a week. Although it is clear the author did a lot of research I felt it was a bit of a cop out that there had to be a glossary of terms and an outline of how much things cost at the end of the book – I think some of this could have been incorporated in setting scenes and building up a picture of their wealth. I would have loved to have known more about the characters, especially Cornelia and Otto, and I although not shocking in to us today, I felt Johannes circumstance was quite brave for this book. Marin’s secret was a good twist but I do not feel it had the impact it could have done.

    My biggest disappointment was that the Miniaturist became almost a non-entity I would have loved her to be explored – even if she was not to meet with the other characters. I would have loved to have known her story.

    I think it is worth bearing in mind that this is Jessie Burton’s first book and it is a great start to a promising career but I did feel perhaps a slight inexperience to the story. Once she finds her confidence she will obviously be unstoppable!

    Are you supposed to give a score in a book review?! I think I would probably rate this about 6.5/10 for being an easy, pleasant read, but it think the author could have given more depth.

    Thank you ladies for picking this book. I look forward to reading the rest of the reviews that come in.

    1. Reading on a kindle i didn’t even realise there was a glossary until i got to the very end when it was no use whatsoever!

  17. Similar to others I read this very quickly – I found it easy to race through and the first half of the book was mostly spent getting to the second half if that makes sense? Marianne mentioned reading it quickly waiting for something to happen – I would totally agree with that.

    It was beautifully written – I got lost in the wonderful descriptions and the way Jessie Burton brought food, decorations, weather etc. into the story to depict the mood of the moment and so it was a truly enjoyable read from that aspect.

    I guessed the main plot points but it didn’t really spoil it – I was, however, disappointed with lack of exploration into the miniaturist – I know some things are best left to the imagination but with no reason or explanation that jarred with me somewhat.

    I’m a true character person – that dictates what films I love, what books I read and I found this book a little superficial on that level – we didn’t get intimate with anyone’s character – not even Nella.

    Overall, I did enjoy it (and I’m LOVING being part of book club) – it’s a great first novel and it was enthralling but I did finish it still being a bit bemused.

  18. I found the sadness in this book utterly heartbreaking!!! I really did identify with the characters and felt that the sense of loss running throughout was extremely profound. I would like to think that the remaining characters found solace in each other as each begins to rebuild and move forward. A great suggestion for a first book Miranda:) xx

  19. Having has the news this week that Harper Lee is to publish a second novel, it’s left the realisation that I’ve never read To Kill a Mockingbird (I know, I know!). I guess a lot of people have already read it, but maybe we could choose it for our March book? Then any newbies like me can read it and talk about it, and maybe it will give people the chance to revisit it if they have read it before.

    Now, on to The Miniaturist. I really enjoyed this story, and found it to be a really easy read. I raced through it and found that Jesse Burton’s descriptive style painted a really strong picture of a time and place I really knew nothing about. I didn’t analyse or think too much as I was reading and allowed the story to take me where it wanted to. The miniaturist left me really intrigued and I agree with the other comments that it would have been good to have a bit more on this. It added an edge of “gothic” and the supernatural, but this wasn’t dominant. I’m still a bit bemused by some of the characters motivations but I’m not sure if this was intended by the author. Again, a bit more depth or insight into the characters’ emotions and thoughts may have made their shared experience of loss more prominent. I would still recommend this book to others, and hope Jesse Burton has something else in the pipeline as I would read her next book!

    1. Ooh, that’s a good shout on TKAM Kitty, would be good to go from a historical novel, to a book set in the present day, to a classic. I would have liked more on The Miniaturist too and would have been happy with some kind of supernatural element as part of the ending, it felt like it was heading in that direction at one point.

      1. I studied quite a few gothic novels at university and the doppelganger features heavily in them – so the miniature dolls and the element of foreshadowing really put me in mind of those. I do enjoy a good historical novel though – I think if this one had got the balance between character and supernatural weighed a little better then this could have been the perfect book!

  20. Can I start by saying woo and thank you to the next book choice. I am a third of the way through Elizabeth is Missing already so it would have been most inconvenience to have had to go and buy another book club book haha.

    I managed to get through this book quickly but that may have been because I was on holiday. I did really enjoy the descriptions of Amsterdam as it’s one of my favourite places and I love reading about ye olden times – this was what drew me into the book more than the characters in the beginning. I agree it took a while to warm to Nella but you end up rooting for her before long. I seem to be the only one who er didn’t see the plot twist with Johannes (hey I was on holiday and probably drunk)!

    I think in the end I just felt unsatisfied. When I finished the book my sister was sitting next to me (on sun lounger) and I just gave a big sigh and meh sound. It was a bit depressing really.

    I’m not really sure how it became anyone’s book of the year but I’m still glad I read it and plan to pass it on to my Mum as it’s just a little bit different. Maybe there could be a follow up where we actually find out The Miniaturists story and then we could also find out what happens after with the remaining characters… Hello Jessie Burton – you’re welcome 🙂

    LOLs at Tinny’s sugar comment.

    Yeah to first round of book club 🙂

  21. I thought the writing was lovely but like a few of you was quite disappointed that we didn’t get to understand more about the miniaturist. I love being part of a book club (I haven’t been in one before) & I hadn’t really picked up the theme of loss through out the book but now a few of you have mentioned it, it is really obvious & makes me think more of the story as a whole. I also loved using the check the definition button on my kindle, a definite upside of an ebook!

  22. Weirdly, I don’t think the actual miniaturist was the point of the book, I think she’s just a narrative device to describe Nella’s growth as a character, that’s why they have the same name. There’s also something there about the miniaturist’s father coming for her and finding her not there which I think links to Nella’s thoughts about how her own father failed her and her family but she effectively saved them.

    I got to the end of the book and felt like it was the prelude to something greater, I wanted to see what Nella and Cornelia did next. In that sense it was disappointing but from a feminist perspective, I kind of loved that the male characters were secondary. Johannes dies, Otto vanishes, the baker is a fool who’s wife is clearly smarter than him etc.

    I loved Marin, I loved the contradictions in her character (the fur lined dresses etc) and how strong she was but she kind of had to die to make way for Nella to become the leader of the household.

  23. I raced through this book! I was so enthralled and captivated that it wasn’t until the ending that I really took stock of the story.
    I think had I read this slower I would have noticed the gaps in narrative and become a little tired of some characters quicker.
    However, for a quick and easy read you can’t fault it for providing a different tale to a lot of what is saturating the book market at the minute!

    What’s next on the reading list?
    Charlie
    x

  24. I haven’t has a chance to read the other reviews (I will do though tonight) so I might be in the minority here but I was so disappointed with this book. I loved the writing, the characters the time period and how the story was building but I feel so let down by the ending. So many loose ends that haven’t been properly tied up and it felt like the last few chapters were rushed. I still don’t know much, if anything, about the miniaturist, she was such a huge part of the story and I was hoping for a big reveal if you like. The Meerman’s, Jack, Hanna’s relationship with Cornelia, all characters I feel like I was teased with but their stories not fully explained. I appreciate that there might be a sequal but I’m not sure if there can be. Realistically how would Nella and the remaining characters earn a living now that Johanna’s is dead. By the end of the book Nella was certainly more assertive but she’s no Marin, I know Hanna assured Nella she would buy the remaining sugar but that’s not going to keep them going forever! I could go on and on. I think it was a fantastic story but I feel like the ending didn’t live up to the rest of the book, which I really enjoyed. On a positive note I was desperate to get back into reading this year, but with 3 children, the youngest being 15 weeks I didn’t have much hope for it actually happening, now because of this book club I can’t wait to get stuck into the next one! Hayley xx

  25. I finished reading the book yesterday evening. Just in time 🙂 I enjoyed the book, but it is not one of my favorites. It is beautifully written and therefore I wanted to read on, however, I thought the story was missing something. I was always thinking “what next” and “there most be more”, but when the book ended so suddenly, I wasn’t satisfied. And was it only me, who understood the beginnen not until reading the end? I didn’t quit understand the first chapter and when I read the end with the missing miniature house from Nellas pocket I had to reread the beginning and could understand it. Overall it was a nice book, I would not have read, if it were not suggested on this blog.

    1. I did the same thing Mia, when I started it I thought I am not going to enjoy this, and the once I read the book and went back it finally made sense at the end but not sure it added very much x

  26. Just finished the book this evening! I liked it, it is not something I would have chosen myself which is why I wanted to be part of the book club; to try a more diverse range. I’m pleased I did. It held my interest in a unique way and the writing and setting is well done. I liked Nella as a character but I agree with other comments that there could have been more characther development and it was hard to get behind them as you didn’t feel like you knew much about them. Their secrets and motives weren’t fully revealed. Cornelia became more of an attractive character at the end but it felt like there was still more to learn that would have added to the story with her relationship with Hana etc. I also felt that there needed to be more of an explanation around the miniaturist, it felt like things came to an abrupt end and I was surprised at the point it was left at. All in all however I enjoyed it. Thank you, I’ll get started on the next read!

  27. Firstly thanks for setting up this book club RMS.. I’m already thoroughly enjoying being part of it!
    I didn’t enjoy The Miniaturist as much as I had thought I would when I first started it. I too felt that the characters were not revealed enough or that likeable. I did however love the style of writing and appreciate the amount of research the author did into this particular time in history. I will definitely be looking out for Jessie Burton’s next novel as I think she is going to further develop into being an exciting author.
    Looking forward to getting started on ‘Elizabeth is Missing’ 🙂

  28. I loved the writing style; to me it gave just enough description and allowed your imagination to fill in the rest, while being very easy to read.
    I actually quite liked the fact that most of the characters were a bit mysterious – I thought that was how Nella would perceive them and we were left to try and work them out as she was.
    I also liked the character Marin – I liked her unpredictability, her spirit and her complexity.
    I do agree that the ending was quite jarring though – it almost felt like we were being left at a beginning! I loved the concept of the Miniaturist but again she seemed to fade away which was a shame for such an intriguing character.

    Very excited for Elizabeth Is Missing – it’s a great book and I will re-read!

  29. I found this to be a quick read and it flowed nicely but I felt it had scope to be so much more! I would have liked to get to know the characters better, the story had space to have been written from numerous view points. I wanted it to be darker, more gripping, have more depth and I wanted more info about the miniaturist herself.

    So, I’m on the shelf with this book. I didn’t dislike it but I’m not totally sold on it being an award winning book. Maybe that’s a little harsh?!

  30. Firstly, thank you RMS for the book club! Like many, it has been one of my New Years’ resolutions to read more, so it is exciting to have somewhere to share recommendations and discuss our choices.

    I haven’t read a book in a long time. A REALLY long time! I am a sucker for a historical novel and found the depiction of 17th Century Amsterdam to be beautifully detailed, but not too stodgy. The pace of the first two-thirds was good, and I enjoyed walking with Nella as she learnt the substance and intricacies of her new life as Johannes’ young wife.

    I must agree, however, that the final chapters felt rushed and the ending rather anti-climactic. We are introduced to many sub-stories and characters, many of whom are not expanded upon – most frustratingly the miniaturist herself! For me it was a shame that all the fleeting glimpses of the title character and the mystery surrounding her essentially amounted to nothing.

    A distance between the reader and the characters could be seen to enhance their perceived complexities, however for the most part I feel that this inhibited my ability to engage emotionally with what I had found to be an exciting premise.

    Although I have finished the book in just under a week (thank you, maternity leave!), for me it is Jessie Burton’s captivating and beautiful writing that leaves me with a sense of satisfaction moreso than the content of the story itself.

    Elizabeth is Missing is downloaded and ready to go! As for March’s suggestions – I too haven’t read To Kill a Mockingbird but would love to. I’ve also been recommended The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion if that takes anyone’s fancy?

    X

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