The Twilight Hour ePUB ß The Twilight Epub /

The Twilight Hour ePUB ß The Twilight  Epub / Eleanor Lee has lived a fiercely independent existence for over ninety years, but now it s time to tidy her life away books, photographs, paintings, letters a lifetime of possessions all neatly boxed up for the last time But amongst them there are some things that must be kept hidden And, nearing blindness, Eleanor needs help to uncover them before her children and grandchildren do I won this at the end of last year on the goodreads giveaways Nicci Gerrard is actually half of Nicci French, who writes thrillers I think I read one of those a few years ago Anyway, this book is quite different in tone to the thrillers.Eleanor Lee nee Wright is a very old and virtually blind lady After an accident she agrees with her family that she can no longer live alone in her country home, and will move into a home after her birthday In the meantime she hires a young man, Peter, I won this at the end of last year on the goodreads giveaways Nicci Gerrard is actually half of Nicci French, who writes thrillers I think I read one of those a few years ago Anyway, this book is quite different in tone to the thrillers.Eleanor Lee nee Wright is a very old and virtually blind lady After an accident she agrees with her family that she can no longer live alone in her country home, and will move into a home after her birthday In the meantime she hires a young man, Peter, to go through all of her papers, letters, books, photographs etc to sort through what should be kept, thrown out etc She wants a stranger to do this job, not family Partly this is because there are a few letters none of the family know about Eleanor s private life from her youth that she wants to be found and destroyed And through these, she shares the story of her younger days with Peter.The Twilight Hour obviously refers to Eleanor in her last phase of life, reflecting back So it s got a rather melancholic twinge, not just because she is dying, but because it s looking back over a long life and everything that is now done and finished, lost to the past I think it s also a reminder that we shouldn t patronise and baby the eldery as if they know nothing of life Just because they re old now, it doesn t mean they weren t young once.It s also a reminder that life isn t easy, doesn t run smoothly and we don t always get what we want I really liked Eleanor, she was brave enough to face up to that fact and the fact that life keeps on moving no matter what In contrast, her younger step sister, Merry, never wanted to accept reality and ended up as this rather insipid doll princess that has just skipped out of the playroom With occasional flashes of self absorbed viciousness I suppose you have to pity her, because in clinging to these fantasies and not leaving fairybook land, she never got to live a real life Still, there are lots of Merrys out there.Light but pleasant reading, with sadness, so perhaps not one to read if you re feeling blue Thanks to the publishers and Netgalley for my review copy.Eleanor is in her 90s and desperate for her secrets to stay hidden She is losing her sight and her family want her to sell up She almost burns down the house, trying to dispose of paperwork Peter is in his twenties and is brought into her life to go through the mountain of possessions and stuff accumulated over a lifetime Slowly Eleanor and Peter get to know each other and Eleanor reveals her past secrets.This is a gentle beautiful re Thanks to the publishers and Netgalley for my review copy.Eleanor is in her 90s and desperate for her secrets to stay hidden She is losing her sight and her family want her to sell up She almost burns down the house, trying to dispose of paperwork Peter is in his twenties and is brought into her life to go through the mountain of possessions and stuff accumulated over a lifetime Slowly Eleanor and Peter get to know each other and Eleanor reveals her past secrets.This is a gentle beautiful read, that makes you reflect on the ageing process and how appearances can be deceptive The mystery is there, as we slowly uncover what happened to a much younger Eleanor.I was very drawn to Eleanor and Peter and their relationship As Peter became fascinated by Eleanor, so did I.Worth a read for the lovely portrayal of a fascinating elderly woman This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here view spoiler Bettie s Books hide spoiler view spoiler Bettie s Books hide spoiler For the most part I read what is generally known as literary fiction fiction that has not just the surface story but layers beneath dealing with themes, psychology and anything else the writer is really writing about And this means that I rarely encounter such a beginning as the one in The Twilight Hour It s not really surprising though as Nicci Gerrard is one half of the husband and wife team writing as Nicci French very skilled writers no matter how you classify them At the dawn of the For the most part I read what is generally known as literary fiction fiction that has not just the surface story but layers beneath dealing with themes, psychology and anything else the writer is really writing about And this means that I rarely encounter such a beginning as the one in The Twilight Hour It s not really surprising though as Nicci Gerrard is one half of the husband and wife team writing as Nicci French very skilled writers no matter how you classify them At the dawn of the Second World War, Eleanor is a fiercely independent young woman, determined to write her own future, rejecting marriage for passion, security for adventure But now seventy years later, alone in her big house, she is anxious to erase the past.Peter Mistley, a young man escaping his own ghosts, is employed to help Eleanor sort through her life of possessions For amongst them are things that her children and grandchildren must never find Here is that beginning which draws you in Of course after that you can t put the book down trying to work out what actually happened to the young Eleanor and being concerned about the much older Eleanor with a lot to hide Eleanor woke to what was not there Outside, the wind still roared, dashing pellets of rain against the windows inside it was too silent, not a breath or a heartbeat save hers The darkness felt uninhabited Before she reached out her hand, groping past the water jug and the vase of dying flowers to touch the bed and find it empty, the blanket thrown back and the pillow dislodged, she knew she was alone She let fear seep through her, into every space in her body She could taste the muddy, metal ache of it in her mouth feel it in the palms of her hands and the base of her spine and in her throat like a rippling, oily snake she could smell it on her skin, sour as spoilt milk Gerrard writes some of the most vivid writing I ve come across writing that concerns how a character is feeling Here is a favourite passage Eleanor swam upstream, beyond the group, and lay on her back in the dusky silence She closed her eyes and saw the pattern of leaves against her eyelids She must not No, she must not Monstrous, unthinkable She must not think it Or feel it or even let the thought touch her body She swam further up the river, against the tug of the water Descriptions aside, what ultimately ensured I really enjoyed this book is that it concerns characters I wanted to spend time with

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