In the remote northern Ontario town of Solace, three disparate people are brought together in 1972 by events in the past colliding with the present. The chief instigator is Elizabeth, nearing the end of her life and heading off to hospital; her young neighbour Clara who is to care for Elizabeth's cat; and Liam, a sudden and in Clara's eyes unwelcome addition to the neighbourhood.
Authentic and tender, this emotionally satisfying story imbues the quiet challenges of daily life with depth and meaning. [Larger font]
Everyone LOVED this book. Easy read, 'larger' print and an interesting page turner. Funny, sad, poignant and left you wanting more...
A unanimous "Loved it". It was an easy read and each reader was pulled through the storyline from "go to whoa". Several read it in a day! One person read it twice. It was given the highest score since our group's inception.
Most of the group enjoyed the book - producing some interesting discussion.
One of the few books everyone enjoyed. Despite its easy to read gentle style, the story contains lots of complexity and emotion, making it a satisfying read.
This was a great read and robustly discussed by our group. In this era it was common to withhold bad news from children in order to protect. But trust is everything, and easily undermined. Never underestimate the consequences of secrets and lies on a child.
All members of our group enjoyed this novel. Perfectly described characters. Some found the jumping backwards and forwards in time difficult, and the ending not convincing. We will be seeking out more of Mary Lawson's writing.
A satisfying read. A study of attitudes in the 70s where children were not included in some of life's sadder moments, and how that impacted in the child's mental health.
We all enjoyed this book very much. It was easy to read (provided you took notice of the movements backwards and forwards in time). Several members who knew that part of Canada thought the descriptions captured it well. The characters were well thought out. Recommended.
This book was enjoyed by all members. While the individual characters had their own complexities the stories were woven well together. Recommended as a light read for other groups.
Really enjoyed the characters and easy to read.
We really enjoyed this story. An easy read.
This book was enjoyed by all members of our group. An easy read with a complex weaving of characters and relationships.
We all liked this book. Lovely writing style and good characterisation.
Highly recommended ( as are others by this author). Genuine sounding child characters and many layers to the story. It explores relationships between parents and children, spouses and neighbours, in a realistic way.