I must say, I don’t really know why this book took me so long to read. The first half took about 24 days, the last half about 2. Was it bad writing? personal distractions? Who knows. What I cannot really tell you is whether I enjoyed the first half or not. I read it in such short increments spread out over so much time, I can hardly say I enjoyed it. However what I can say is that I thoroughly enjoyed the end. Perhaps I related more to the Gemma who was discovering love and adult life. Apparently this is meant to be an interpretation of Jane Eyre, which I have never read so I cannot give my opinion on that matter. Overall I’d say it’s a good read, but I don’t feel I can recommend it given my strange reading pattern. I’m still afraid that perhaps I read the beginning slowly because it wasn’t very engaging and that others would have the same problem.
I finished this hat using MamaJude’s yarn this week. Unfortunately the yarn wasn’t a good choice to show off the colorwork pattern by Deborah Tomasello, but it is such a soft pretty hat anyways. This is the best side of it, but there are so many places where you can’t see the pattern at all because the purples cancel each other out. If you click on the picture it will take you to the pattern page on ravelry with notes and more pics.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I’ve already gotten the author’s other novel from the library! It is amazing to me that we are still facing these race issues, but in many parts of the country it is still very real. Even in fairly integrated communities there are little signs of a deep tradition of separation. I recall very clearly my mother, who taught me not to be prejudiced, changing her tune as soon as dating came up. If race relations interest you at all and you can open up your imagination to fiction, this is a very good read.