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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Recent Reads: The Vicar's Wife

The Vicar's Wife by Katharine Swartz

I received a free review copy of this book from Kregel Publications in return for posting my honest review online during the book's tour dates. I found that this was a nice light read, with no offensive language or graphic adult scenes.

This is the story of Jane, a modern day wife and mom who finds herself relocated to an old house and quiet town in her husband's native England. Jane misses her demanding career in New York, but she's starting to realize that her career was all she had in New York- she's missed out on a lot with her kids. Adjusting to this new life is hard on Jane, until she finds a tiny scrap of a shopping list, left by a previous tenant, Alice, many decades before. Imagining her life and trying to relate to her sparks Jane's curiosity, and ultimately inspires Jane to take on a new project and reach out to embrace some new relationships.

The story is told in alternating chapters, first Jane's life, then flashing back to Alice's life many years earlier. The parallels aren't contrived or blatant, as I feared they might be, and the story flows along nicely. I enjoyed the Jane's enthusiasm for uncovering the history of her home and could relate to this myself.

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