03 May 2017

Blog Tour: Review: The Hourglass by Tracy Rees

2014.
Sensible Nora has always taken success for granted, until suddenly her life begins to fall apart. Troubled by anxiety and nightmares, she finds herself drawn to the sweeping beaches of Tenby, a place she's only been once before. Together with a local girl she rents a beautiful townhouse and slowly begins to settle in to her new life. But Tenby hides a secret, and Nora will soon discover that this little town by the sea has the power to heal even the most painful memories.

1950.
Teenager Chloe visits Tenby every summer. She stays with relatives, and spends the long, IDYLLIC days on the beach. Every year is the same, until she meets a glamorous older boy and is instantly smitten. But on the night of their first date, Chloe comes to a realisation, the aftermath of which could haunt her forever.

The Hourglass is a moving novel about reinvention and reconciliation; about finding love even after it seems too late, about family and the healing power of a magical place by the sea.


Source: Review Considerations | Blog Tour

5 Words: Family, love, summer, expectations, sea.

Despite knowing that this was set both in the (almost) modern day as well as in 1950, part of me was expecting to delve further back in time. Tracy Rees has perfected historical fiction, her writing style and tone transport you right back.

Right from the start I could picture everything perfectly. Chloe is such a vivid character that I pretty much instantly fell under her spell and her parts were my favourite parts to read.

The story itself was a bit slow to start, but once I was properly introduced to the main characters I was hooked. It didn't really pick up until near the end, with twists driving it forward, but the pacing suited the beautiful writing and the story, and I was glad it held back and stayed relatively slow. 

This is perfect for reading in the summer, lounging in the sun. It's not fast paced, it's a slow, leisurely read and I spent a lot time lost (in the past especially) in Tenby. I really want to visit Tenby now!


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