Monday, August 27, 2007

Terracotta Summer & Chamomile Winter by Anne Bradshaw

Terracotta Summer, the first book in Anne Bradshaw's series about the British O'Shea family, is a very interesting read. I love to learn about other cultures and countries, so it was intriguing to read about the LDS O'Shea family--their struggles and triumphs are universal. The characters are very fresh and I immediately liked them. The family starts out in Manchester, England, then life disperses them to Scotland, Northern Ireland, and America.

Of course after reading Terracotta Summer, I wanted more of the story, so I was happy to learn about the sequel, Camomile Winter. This novel focuses on Patrick, who gets mixed up in the Irish Republican Army. I found the political insights very interesting, and I also enjoyed the continuation of Rosie's story--and how she finds closure to her troubled childhood.

The most compelling aspect of these books are the way they are written--in true British style. The different language usuage and culture idiosyncrasies are quite fascinating. From what I understand, these books have been out for awhile and the best place to find them is from or the authors site:


Tristi Pinkston said...

I enjoyed these books as well. They were set in a time and place that were unfamiliar to me and I felt like I learned a lot while I was being entertained.

Heather B. Moore said...

It really is fun to read a book in a different "voice." Once I heard Mary Higgins Clark speak at a conference. She has a low, throaty voice, and of course an eastern accent. Now when I read her books, I hear her voice in my head.