The shifts between past and present are abrupt but once understood, fit the story well.
Stories of Bell Island NL and Halifax during the war are important in Canadian history.
The same plot as "Stone Angel" although the latter was a better story. Events were vague such as how Livvy's Mother died. Livvy''s neighbor was also overshadowed by Livvy's recollections of her past. Can't' say I'd highly recommend it.
Donna Morrissey is such a wonderful story teller that this is irresistible. Story telling is the first skill that an author must have and she has the knack.
This novel is really not very well written and has poor character development. The stories of some characters, such as the neighbour, Gen, are vague and others, such as Henri, remain cardboard figures. The "mystery" of the past is confused and the reader does not care by the end.
The somewhat doddering Livvy Higgs of Donna Morrissey's recent The Deception of Livvy Higgs has her life "flash" slowly before her eyes as she faces the possibility of her own demise. The "flash" constitutes nearly the entire book, so much so that the simple unravelling of the character's life that so appealed to me at the start, by the end, made me wonder if this weren't more of a character study than a novel. As anything more, it's pretty thin. In the end, I'm left with a moral that practicing to deceive weaves tangled webs (and I'm not so sure the deceptions unravelled by Livvy mattered half as much to her ultimate happiness as they did to the misery of the perpetrators) and an emaciated excuse for a plotline that goes something like: uneasy neighbours maintain their uneasy friendship--probably. While the simplicity of the writing charmed me completely, I do wonder if the backstory will deceive readers in search of a novel.
Not bad but uneventful. The story didn't come together until the last 50 pages and by then I didn't really care about the outcome.
A decent read, not as good as some of Morrissey's works, very similar to "Sylvanus Now" in some aspects. In other ways it echoes V. C. Andrews' books. It has a tendency to jump back and forth through time and isn't always clear which time period you are in.
An engaging, character-driven novel full of Eastern charm from a classic Canadian voice.
- beautifully written; reminiscent of "The Stone Angel"
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