Cecilia is obsessively in love with her teacher, Mr. Dahl. Yet she never guesses that what she dreams of could actually happen. Cecilia’s mother Dora wants the good life. She and her husband moved to Dartmoor so their children could run wild; free to make their own mistakes. But Dora discovers that there is more to the countryside idyll, and indeed her own marriage, than she assumed.
©2011 Joanna Briscoe (P)2011 W F Howes Ltd
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"Disappointing after excellent beginning"
Beautiful prose and evocative descriptions of Dartmoor. The descriptions of family life and dark obsessive desire were very well observed initially as mother and daughter mirrored each other's adolescent infatuations with the unavailable objects of their fantasies, whilst ignoring the needs of their children and partners. The inter-generational tensions were very well portrayed. However their lifelong obsessions, lack of self awareness and endless self-centred rumination became so exasperating that I found it hard to care about any of them by the end except the poor, neglected children! Cecilia seemed as smugly spiteful and self deceiving as ever, having blamed everyone for her problem except herself. I think this writer has the ability to write much more interesting material about personal relations and growth as she matures.
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