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Friday, December 21, 2012

Book Review of An Ocean Apart

I have long been a fan of Rosamunde Pilcher and just discovered
that her son, Robin Pilcher is carrying on his mother’s tradition as a fiction writer.

The main character of this story is David Corstorphine, son of a Scottish Lord and heir to a whiskey distillery. David is grieving the loss of his wife to cancer and he has taken a sabbatical from work to take care of his children and deal with his grief. He finds solace in gardening, despite the horrific Scottish weather. Though he seems to be holding it all together, his mother  knows he’s stuffed his emotions and is worried that he hasn’t fully coped with his loss.

When David’s company requires that he make an emergency trip to America to tend to a business related matter, David suffers an emotional break down when he is brought face to face again with his loss. He prolongs his visit to America and takes a menial job for an affluent family as their gardener. (They are unaware of his past history or social standing.)

The story is about his journey to heal his deep wounds and find meaning in life again.

In a similar tradition to his mother, Robin has written an enjoyable women’s fiction book. It’s not a romance per se, but it has strong romantic leanings. David is likeable and we are able to empathize with him. I found myself rooting for him hoping he would be able to find healing and applauding him as he becomes involved in the lives of the family he is working for. Though at times I had to suspend my disbelief, finding it hard to swallow that a father of three would just decide to start working as a gardener for a month and ocean away from his children, I was willing to because the characters are affable and interesting. At times it seemed to be a bit melodramatic but only on occasion. I still enjoyed the story, even more so since it has a happy ending and David finds new love.

I give this 4 out of 5 stars.


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