Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Mrs. Sinclair's Suitcase

Another day of sunshine!  The puddles are drying up (slowly but they are going away).  Now both of my parents are sick.  Summer colds spread quickly.  I should be lucky that the dogs cannot catch it.

Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase by Louise Walters is a strange British novel.  Roberta works at Old and New Bookshop.  She loves looking in old books and finding old letters and such. She keeps them all.  One day her father brings in some old books that belong to his mother (Roberta’s Babunia or grandmother).  As she is going through the books she discovers a letter written to Dorothea.  It is written by Jan Pietrykowski who is Roberta’s grandfather.  The letter was written a year after he was dead (at least when they were told he died).  The suitcase has a label inside with Mrs. D. Sinclair written on it.  Who is Mrs. Sinclair?  Roberta starts looking into her family history to find out the truth.

The book goes between the present and past.  We get to see what happened to Dorothea and what she endured (takes place during World War II).  I like the basic premise of the novel, but not the final book.  It is told in the first person with Roberta rambling on (and on and on) with her thoughts.  You just wanted to tell her to shut up.  I give Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase 2 out of 5 stars.  I did not enjoy this novel (as you can tell).  It was just not a pleasurable novel to read.  I do, though, think the cover of the book is pretty.

I received a complimentary copy of Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase from First to Read and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am currently reading The Amish Heiress by Patrick E. Craig. Enjoy your afternoon and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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