Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Book of The Month: September

The Silent Hours
by Cesca Major

An epic, sweeping tale set in wartime France, The Silent Hours follows three people whose lives are bound together, before war tears them apart:

 Adeline, a mute who takes refuge in a convent, haunted by memories of her past;

 Sebastien, a young Jewish banker whose love for the beautiful Isabelle will change the course of his life dramatically;

 Tristan, a nine-year-old boy, whose family moves from Paris to settle in a village that is seemingly untouched by war.

 Beautifully wrought, utterly compelling and with a shocking true story at its core, The Silent Hours is an unforgettable portrayal of love and loss.
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I was immediately intrigued by Adeline's story when the story began; what had happened to her to make her lose her memories and her voice? And the intrigue remained throughout until the heartbreaking conclusion.
The Silent Hours is told from several perspectives and I liked how these seemingly unconnected people are drawn together, their stories and lives binding together to create a haunting yet touching tale of love and loss.
Beautifully written and portraying the true cost of war, The Silent Hours is one of those books that will stay with me long after the final page is turned.
You can see my full review of The Silent Hours here

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