Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Review - The Darling Girls by Emma Burstall

What a book!

This fabulous story starts in war torn Austria when a very young Leo is devastatingly taken from his family home by his mother to go to live a better life in England, but is very distressed that they are leaving his poorly young sister behind.

The story then goes to a young girl called Cat who is attending her lover Leo's funeral, trying to catch a glimpse of his wife of twenty years Victoria and their children and also wondering whether his lover Maddie is there with her daughter.

When the funeral is over and she hides out in the churchyard clearly distraught about what has happened to the man she thought that the love of her life, when Victoria appears beside her, treating her with kindness and concern and wondering whether she was okay. Maddie at this point also materialises and Victoria turns on Maddie asking whether she knew that Cat was also Leo's lover when she clearly didn't. 

Each woman thought that they were Leo's real true love. Each one led a very different life with him, and things that they thought he disliked, he liked with one of the others.  They meet up when Victoria finds things out other things about Leo's life and what he has and hasn't left behind and feels it only fair to these other two women who are connected with her in some way, to share that knowledge.

This deep and dramatic story is about how these women cope in this situation, how they have to continue with their lives although that very important person that used to be in it, isn't around any more and how they pick themselves up, dust themselves down and get on with it because they have to. 

It was a wonderful, if not an unusual, story line, excellently mapped out, with their lives taking very different directions.  Emma's writing was really superb, making the characters and the places come alive in my mind, and making me feel like I was part of the story line.  

I got completely wrapped up in the story and felt the emotions that the characters were feeling as if they were my own.  The three main characters were all extremely strong in their own way and I was totally engrossed with each and every one of them and their lives.  I particularly warmed to Victoria who was a warm, genuine and maternal character although each of them was extremely realistic and believable. 

This was a book that made me not care about what else was going on in my life.  My aim was to read that book and discover how these amazing women battled with their emotions and helped their families to grieve for a person that wasn't the person that they each thought he was and also how they behaved and coped with each other. 

There were lots of twists, turns and surprises along the way and it was a book that I would most definitely recommend and I shall be looking out for Emma's other books. Her writing is definitely a style that I like and can lose myself in. 

I loved this book, as my son says, "to the moon and back again!" I really didn't want it to end.  Although when it did, I have to say I couldn't have wished for a more perfect ending!

Emma joined me as a guest over at my blog quite recently and she grabbed some author's that she knew and asked them some fab questions.  You can read that post by clicking here. 

Emma has extensively for national newspapers and women’s magazines including the Guardian, Independent on Sunday, Red, Good Housekeeping, Woman & Home and Woman.

She read English at Cambridge University and began her career as a cub reporter on the Western Morning News in Plymouth, later becoming features editor of Woman and Family Circle.

She gets by in French and Spanish and works out – occasionally – at her local gym. After walking her youngest to school, you might also spot her jogging in Richmond Park with some friends. Slowly.

Emma lives in South West London with her husband, the political commentator Kevin Maguire, and their three children, aged 25, 20 and 10.

She’s currently working on her fourth novel.

Find out more about Emma and her books at her website www.emmaburstall.com

You can like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter

You can click here to buy this book


So many books, so little time said...

I love, love love when you get caught up in a book like that, thanks for the review.

Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

So many books, so little time said...

p.s I have just read your wee review tab, lovely and I am sure your mum does :)

Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

Anonymous said...

With every little thing that

seems to be building throughout this subject

matter, your points of view tend to be somewhat exciting.
Even so, I beg your pardon, because I can not give credence
to your

whole strategy, all be it radical none the

less. It seems to us that your opinions

are actually not entirely validated and in simple fact you are your self not completely certain of your
argument. In any

event I did enjoy looking at it.
Here is my blog post sprained Foot Stretches

Anonymous said...

I would like to thnkx for the efforts you've put in writing this website. I

am hoping the same high-grade blog post from you in the upcoming as well. In fact your creative writing abilities has encouraged me to get my own web site

now. Really the blogging is spreading its wings quickly. Your write up is a good

example of it.
my web page :: do space bags work yahoo

Anonymous said...

I'm very happy to read this. This is the type of manual that needs to be given and not the

accidental misinformation that is at the other blogs. Appreciate your sharing this best doc.
Also visit my web blog - almunecarproperty.sosblogs.com

Anonymous said...

I discovered your weblog website on google and examine a number
of of your early posts. Continue to maintain up the excellent operate.
I simply extra up your RSS feed to my MSN Information Reader.

Looking for forward to reading extra from you
in a while!…
Also visit my page - hellfest.fr

Anonymous said...

certainly like your web site but you need to check the

spelling on several of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling problems

and I find it very troublesome to tell the truth nevertheless I will definitely come

back again.
Look into my web-site :: http://www.televisionspain.net

Anonymous said...

Very great post. I simply stumbled upon your blog and wished to mention

that I have truly loved browsing your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing on your feed and I hope

you write once more very soon!
my site :: Www.Almoradi.Us

Anonymous said...

I do agree with all the ideas you have presented in your post.
They are very

convincing and will definitely work. Still, the posts are very short for

starters. Could you please extend them a little from next time?
Thanks for the post.
Feel free to visit my web page - www.uniqueskillspeople.co.uk

Anonymous said...

Hello my friend! I wish to say that this article is amazing, nice written
and include

almost all vital infos. I’d like to see more posts like
Stop by my web page ... www.alboxproperty.com

Anonymous said...

If you want to earn more when you become a therapist or holistic
practitioner, then it would make sense to have an open mind and move away from the
mindset of treating your private practice as though it is a
hobby, right. It is important to understand all of the different elements that go into interviewing for a massage position, and know which questions to ask before
you get hired. Insurance companies also demand certification and in that case
the individual is considered disqualified from
engaging in clinical practice if not certified.
Also visit my web blog Cause Of Depression Neurotransmitters

Anonymous said...

Good day! I just would like to give an

enormous thumbs up for the nice info you've gotten right here on this post. I will probably be coming back to your weblog for extra soon.
My weblog ... spanish rice lime

Anonymous said...

I enjoy you because of

each of your effort on this website. My mum

loves managing

research and it's really easy to

understand why. I notice all about the dynamic mode you

give great guidance via

your web blog and in addition


participation from people on that concept while our princess is without a doubt studying a great deal. Have fun with the rest of

the year. You're the one carrying out a stunning job.
Also see my web page :: http://Www.Islamophobiatoday.com

Anonymous said...

I am constantly looking online for tips that can facilitate me.

Feel free to surf my web-site :: free business classifieds Castellon

Anonymous said...

I am constantly looking online for tips that can facilitate me.
My web page :: free business classifieds Castellon

Anonymous said...

advertising and ***********

with Adwords. Well I’m adding this RSS to my e-mail and could glance out

for much more of your respective exciting content. Make sure you
update this again soon..
Feel free to visit my weblog ; Unknown

Anonymous said...

It's a pity you don't have a donate button! I'd without a doubt donate to

this excellent blog! I guess for now i'll settle for book-marking and
adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to fresh updates and will talk

about this website with my Facebook group. Chat soon!
Here is my site : Evergreenpeace.org

Anonymous said...

After study a number of of the blog posts in your

web site now, and I really like your means of blogging.


bookmarked it to my bookmark web site checklist and shall be checking back soon.
Pls check out my website

online as nicely and let me know what you think.
My site - comunidad.molinux.info

Anonymous said...

Hey, you used to write wonderful, but the last few posts have

been kinda boring… I miss your tremendous writings.
Past few posts are just a

little out of track! come on!
My website - spain decorating ideas on beach Styles

Anonymous said...

Hi, I think your website might be having browser compatibility issues.
When I look at

your blog site in Opera, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it

has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up!
Other then that, terrific blog!
Feel free to surf my website Http://Pipany-Poltiskofarm.Blogspot.Ru/2012/04/Snapshots-Of-Easter.Html

Anonymous said...

I do love the manner in which you have presented this particular challenge plus it really does give me a lot of fodder for thought.
On the other hand, because of just what I

have seen, I simply

trust as the actual comments stack on that men and women keep

on issue and in no way get started on a soap box

regarding some other news du jour. All the same, thank you for this

fantastic point and although I

can not really go along with the idea in totality, I regard

your standpoint.
My web site > consolidation debt home loan owner

Anonymous said...

Undeniably imagine that which you said. Your

favourite justification appeared to be on the net the

simplest factor to keep in mind of. I say to you,
I certainly get irked whilst other people think about concerns that they just don't understand about. You

managed to hit the nail upon the top and outlined out the

whole thing with no need side effect ,

people can take a signal. Will probably be again to get more. Thanks
Here is my web-site ... http://Aspirefsx.com/member.php?action=viewpro&member=CyrstalMurray99

Anonymous said...

You need to participate in a contest for

probably the greatest blogs on the web. I will

advocate this website!
Also visit my web blog :: mori.uk.com