Monday 14 June 2021

Book Review: The River Between Us by Liz Fenwick

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AD* | A forgotten house and a secret hidden for a century…

Following the breakdown of her marriage, Theo has bought a tumbledown cottage on the banks of the River Tamar which divides Cornwall and Devon. The peace and tranquillity of Boatman’s Cottage, nestled by the water, is just what she needs to heal.

Yet soon after her arrival, Theo discovers a stash of hidden letters tied with a ribbon, untouched for more than a century. The letters – sent from the battlefields of France during WW1 – tell of a young servant from the nearby manor house, Abbotswood, and his love for a woman he was destined to lose.

As she begins to bring Boatman’s Cottage and its gardens back to life, Theo pieces together a story of star-crossed lovers played out against the river while finding her own new path to happiness.

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I'm thrilled to be on the blog tour for The River Between Us by Liz Fenwick! This is a richly immersive, glorious tale of romance and relationships.

It's well-written and engaging from the start, instantly drawing you in with gorgeous prose and descriptive imagery. The pacing is great too, ensuring the story flows effortlessly from one page to the next. At no point does it feel too fast or slow-paced. I enjoyed the story very much and was sorry to finally come to the end!

The characters are complex and likeable - it's easy to relate to their situations and what they are going through, even if you haven't experienced it yourself. They are three-dimensional; flawed yet interesting and intriguing to read about. There are quite a few characters to keep track of in the story, but at no point does it become too complicated or confusing. 

This is a timeslip novel, told alternately between the present day and the past during the First World War. Past and present are contrasted beautifully, creating a gorgeous juxtaposition between the two. Ultimately, this is an emotionally charged story of love and loss in the scenic Cornish countryside.

The beautiful imagery and vivid descriptions really bring the story to life. The Cornish setting is idyllic, adding an evocative and almost magical touch to the book. This story will definitely make you want to book a holiday to Cornwall!  

As part of the tour, Liz also wanted to share her top five non-fiction books about Cornwall. These all sound amazing and I'll definitely be adding them to my wishlist! 

Top Five Non-Fiction Books about Cornwall

Now for my top non-fiction books about Cornwall. As I know personally, Cornwall can be tricky to capture but the books listed below do a fantastic job capturing the Duchy. Do you have any non-fiction favourites on Cornwall?

  1. The Swordfish and the Star by Gavin Knight
  2. Dark, Salt,  Clear by Lamorna Ash
  3. Rising Ground by Philip Marsden
  4. The Levelling Sea by Philip Marsden
  5. Vanishing Cornwall by Daphne du Maurier

The River Between Us is available to buy now. 

Rating: 3 stars

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Will you be reading the book? Let me know in the comments below! 

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