The Parentations by Kate Mayfield
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Eighteenth-century London – the lives of the sisters Fitzgerald, Constance and Verity, become entwined with the nearby Fowler household, charged with providing safe harbour to a mysterious baby from far away.
Camden, London, 2015, December 17th – the lives of the sisters Fitzgerald, Constance and Verity, are consumed by the wait for this boy, who may or may not be dead. There is no way of knowing.
Deep within the savage beauty of Iceland, a hidden pool grants those who drink from it endless life. For those that have, their secret must remain held close for two hundred years, but time is slipping away, and malign forces are gathering.
And for those who have sipped from the pool, they discover all too quickly that immortality is no gift, because in the absence of death, true darkness emerges.
Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!
What an interesting, unusual, mystical, dark, complex way of telling the story of something so honest and true as that of the love of a child. Of course there is also so much more to this book, power, love, hate, fear, and of course the chance of eternal life!! But for me it was the love for Rafe that was the main element of this book.
It was at times quite complicated taking us from 18th century Iceland to present day London, moving from the story of one family to another yet so well written I never felt lost. A tremendous gothic feel to this book. I don’t like to compare books with other books as everyone’s tastes are different but if you liked novels by Laura Purcell, Jessie Burton or The Taxidermist’s Daughter by Kate Mosse you may enjoy this. Either way, if you can, read it, its such a unique wonderful book that I would recommend to anyone. It had me gripped right from the very start. A wonderful book and a brilliant story.
Thank you A.M.Heath & Company for the chance of discovering this book!
And thank you Kate Mayfield for having the talent to write it!