Monday, November 2, 2015

Mrs. Sinclair's Suitcase by Louise Walters

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Publication date: 2015
Publisher: Putnam
Pages: 271
My rating: 3 stars
Ages: 18+

When Roberta finds an old letter in a book belonging her to grandmother, it starts her on a road to discovering the secrets of her family. In 1940, Dorothy was housing land girls in her cottage, glad to be away from her husband and their childless, loveless marriage. But when a young Polish pilot stops by the house one day, Dorothy begins to think that her life isn't over yet. Both Roberta and Dorothy take turns telling a story that has been 70 years in the making.

This debut novel deals with interesting issues, including love, family, friendship, loss, and secrets. Roberta is faced with the decision on whether or not she should ask her father and grandmother about the truth of their family, or whether she should just accept what she's been told.

Then the reader gets to know Dorothy's story, the complete story that no one will know except her. The story of her lost son, her lost love, her hidden life. There is a parallelism between the lives of Dorothy and Roberta, though their stories end very differently.

There is some hard language and sexual situations, including a rape.

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