I am delighted to introduce Jen, a friend of mine from school days and now a Head Teacher, wife and mum to two teenagers. Jen is an avid reader and so when she offered to contribute to Club Forty with a regular book review, I immediately said yes please!
As you may know, I belong to a book club (read post here) and we are always on the look out for suggestions for a new book… so I will look forward to Jen’s reviews and recommendations. I hope you enjoy them too!
Here’s an intro from Jen…
I am passionate about encouraging all children to read and evoking a love of all things literature.
I belong to a very sociable book club – we meet in the local Indian restaurant and do our best to discuss the book! The thing I love the most about our book group is that it spans 3 decades in ages of members (there’s only 10 of us) and no one is afraid to give honest reviews. It has encouraged me to read books that I would never have chosen (although a few I wish I hadn’t read – a particularly dreadful farce set in Greece springs to mind!)
My favourite aspect of Club Forty is the warmth, compassion & honesty that Claire conveys in her blogs. I am very safe fashion-wise & I consider Claire to be extremely brave – the blog has encouraged me to be bolder and has definitely influenced a number of purchases.
The book I recommend the most: All the light we cannot see, by Anthony Doerr
Brilliant and breathtakingly beautiful. Anthony Doerr’s World War II novel enchanted me from the start. The lives of Marie-Laure, a blind French girl living in St Malo and Werner, a gifted German orphan and recruit in Hitler’s Youth Academy, are entwined throughout the story. The story alternates between time periods and I felt that this increased the level of suspense as the story progressed.
The descriptive language that Doerr uses is magical. I felt that the characters were very well developed – loved many, loathed others, felt indifferent about a few.
The story allows you to witness the joy of childhood, the corruption of innocence, the strength to stand up for your beliefs and make a difference in the smallest way. It is ultimately a tale of redemption and the love of a father – ‘His love for his daughter will outstrip the limits of his body.’
I believe that this book is a treasure – that is why it’s my most recommended and gifted book.
Anyone who enjoys a beautiful and captivating story should read this – I hope you savour each word.
Both Jen and I would love to know what you thought of this book (if you have read it already, that is!) So please share your review in the comments below!