Read between: 13th- 16th of March
Published: Octoberr 10th 2013
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Review: Nell is a young woman living in 16th Century Elizabethan England. Tess is a thirty something woman living in modern day, but when Tess moves back to York to escape her controlling husband, Martin, she starts to have flashbacks of the past and the two women’s lives become mysteriously linked.
Tess’s flashbacks, are of Nell’s life.
A life of love for Tom, of a forced marriage to his brother. A life of loss.
All the flashbacks seem real, like memories. Is she hallucinating? Is it stress? What is the explanation for why it is happening?
There’s a supernatural element of spirits which wasn’t too in your face so I could deal with that!
Out of the two women, I found Nell far more interesting because the historical setting drew me in more than Tess’ modern one. Nell’s was far more tragic- there was drama in both, but what happened was sad- it reflected how badly women were treated back then. They didn’t have any rights, and it’s horrible.
All Nell was to her husband was property.
It was a great story and I was surprised how much I was gripped by the story. I just wanted to keep reading to find out what happened, and why, and if Tess would ever be free to live her life without Nell.
I really enjoyed it!
I’d definitely recommend it, if you like contemporary and historical fiction definitely pick it up!
Thanks for reading!