Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Book Review: Leaving Lucy Pear
I guess the idea of so many secrets swirling around was appealing. I didn't dislike the book, but it could have been so much better if it hadn't been so crass in parts. Of course, there's an adulterous relationship between the nursemaid and a man running for mayor (and wishing his wife would abandon her persistent pursuit of unsustainable pregnancy). Add in the supposed rape resulting in Lucy's conception, foiling the girl's desire to marry her cousin, and then a marriage of convenience to avoid any hint of further pregnancy (to a homosexual man, who - it is assumed - has no desires for children either) and you have a small picture of the depths the novel explores. Yet, I read on.
The writing was well done and the characters interesting enough. I wanted to know how and when the mother and child would be reunited and if the three women would be saved from their secrets. But, in the end, I think I wasn't fully satisfied with the story. It did take me to another world and skillfully presented historical evidence, but I just ended my reading with a wish that it had been a cleaner read with more redemption and a better ending. I don't regret reading it, but cannot say that I recommend it.