Monday, 16 June 2014

Karen White || The Lost Hours Review

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The award-winning author of The Memory of Water delivers a gripping tale of family, fate, and forgiveness.

When Piper Mills was twelve, she helped her grandfather bury a box that belonged to her grandmother in the backyard. For twelve years, it remained untouched.

Now a near fatal riding accident has shattered Piper’s dreams of Olympic glory. After her grandfather’s death, she inherits the house and all its secrets, including a key to a room that doesn’t exist—or does it? And after her grandmother is sent away to a nursing home, she remembers the box buried in the backyard. In it are torn pages from a scrapbook, a charm necklace—and a newspaper article from 1939 about the body of an infant found floating in the Savannah River. The necklace’s charms tell the story of three friends during the 1930s— each charm added during the three months each friend had the necklace and recorded her life in the scrapbook. Piper always dismissed her grandmother as not having had a story to tell. And now, too late, Piper finds she might have been wrong.

I was all super duper excited for this book, my mum had read and adored it, so as soon as she had finished, i was straight on this. We meet Piper Mills, who has lost her grandfather and with her grandmother in a care home along with injuring her self, lets just say - self pity is allowed. She has inherited the house in which she has spent most her life, and all the little treasures in it. With her grandmother away in a care home and the family solicitor and friend making refrence to how she hasnt always been quite and in the background, piper reccalls burrying a box when she was younger, she digs it up to find scrapbook pages, and a newspaper article - is all as it seems?
"Where there is life; there is hope"
Thats the part i loved, i loved the fact there was more to this family than meets the eye, and with time passing by,a girl should know her grandmother right? So, why didn't this book work for me? I expected more focus on drama and when alot of emphasis was also placed on the horse riding injury, and the whole show scene. I lost interest. I finished the book because i wanted to know what happened, all though right until the end we were left in the dark (and lets just say i got a little frustrated) Karen did throw in a love interest as well, and in all honesty that should of made me love the story. Sometimes, though - a book just doesnt work as much for me as my mum. Take Diane Chamberlains Summer Child - easily one of the best books i have read, my mum? thought it was average.

I think White did a grand job of setting the scene, i could picture everything crystal clear, and her writing just flowed.It's the first of Whites books i have read, and well now my mum has ordered another im sure it wont be the last. I just wanted to like it that little bit more which is why i rated it 3. Its not a fault with the book at all, its just me as a reader.


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Author Bio
After playing hooky one day in the seventh grade to read Gone With the Wind, Karen White knew she wanted to be a writer—or become Scarlett O'Hara.  In spite of these aspirations, Karen pursued a degree in business and graduated cum laude with a BS in Management from Tulane University.  Ten years later, after leaving the business world, she fulfilled her dream of becoming a writer and wrote her first book.  In the Shadow of the Moon was published in August, 2000.  This book was nominated for the prestigious RITA award in 2001 in two separate categories.  Her books have since been nominated for numerous national contests including three more RITAs, has twice been a finalist for the SIBA (Southeastern Booksellers Alliance) Fiction Book of the Year, and has twice won the National Readers’ Choice Award for Learning to Breathe and On Folly Beach.
 Karen currently writes what she refers to as ‘grit lit’—southern women’s fiction—and has also expanded her horizons into writing a bestselling mystery series set in Charleston, South Carolina.  Her sixteenth novel and first hardcover, The Time Between, was published in June 2013 by New American Library, a division of Penguin Publishing Group, and debuted on the New York Times bestseller list at number 25.
Karen hails from a long line of Southerners but spent most of her growing up years in London, England and is a graduate of the American School in London.  She currently lives near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two children, and a spoiled Havanese dog (who appears in several of her books), Quincy.  When not writing, she spends her time reading, scrapbooking, playing piano, and avoiding cooking. 
Her seventeenth novel—the fourth book in the Tradd Street series—Return to Tradd Street, will be published in January 2014.  June 2014 will see the release of her second hardcover, A Long Time Gone, set in the Mississippi Delta, and in July Peguin will  publish the anthology Grand Central, a collaboration with nine other authors.
 (taken from her website)

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