My last couple of books have been all girly and feely- placing me out of my element, but I survived. This novel, The Railwayman's Wife, by Ashley Hay is one of those feely books. It's takes you to a time when war and the railroad were all people spoke of. Enter 1948 in South Wales, Australia, where marriages were made to last a lifetime and death can be sudden and swift...
Okay, I don't want to do this book an injustice, so I have to type slowly, ensuring I actually think for myself instead of my fingers doing it all for me. The RailwayMan's Wife, by Ashley Hay is a poetic novel. Not because it's on poetry, but the careful way it was written. The story is soft, flowy (Yes, I said flowy) and romantic. It's a girly book, full of love that makes your knees weak and your heart sigh, But it doesn't last long.
This story is tragic and full of pain. Three individuals deal with loss in one form or another and their getting though these trying times all seem to be around the Railway Institute's library. I won't go into detail, for fear of giving SPOILERS, but I can say Hay has the gift. Her writing is beautiful. She allows you to experience all that takes place in the life of Anikka Lachlan, Roy McKinnon's and Frank Draper's lives... a little too much.
I have to say that if I had to rate this book on looks- it would receive 4-stars. Its pretty and I can fall in love with any cliff view. But the book itself, is a three. I'm sorry, the story was (1) too soft and overly detailed for me. I love books that get to the heart, but this one was so deep, I felt like I was reading someone's journal. With no action and no drive. I was falling into Anikka's depression and you can't help someone through their turmoil if you're in the trenches with them! I just couldn't stay with it.
It's a sweet, sweet book, but not for me. Cheers to you while I'm on to the next read!📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓 of 5 specs
*Sleeping Giants is next.
**Book published by Atria Books.
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