Saturday, November 30
Book Review: Changing Heaven
Author: Jane Urquhart
Pages: EBook 248
Summary: Two worlds are intertwined in this hauntingly beautiful story as it moves from Toronto to the English moors and to Venice, Italy. The time frame shifts between present and past, linking the lives of a young Brontë scholar (a woman in the throes of a troubled love affair), a turn-of-the-century female balloonist, and an elusive explorer with the ghost – or the memory – of Emily Brontë. Urquhart reveals something about the act of artistic creation, the ways in which stories enter our lives, and about the cyclical nature of love throughout time. This is a novel of darkness and light, of intense weather and inner calm.
My Rating: 6/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: While I enjoyed the lovely writing, the rest of the book, particularly the plot just didn't connect to me. I couldn't get into the book, never being able to fully warm up to the story and its characters.
The writing was beautiful and poetic. It was what kept me reading, and at times what had me lost n the book. Unfortunately, the rest of the book didn't work out well for me. It wasn't bad story, it was a unique ghost story, but I never connected to it. Ann's story didn't work at all for me, and I only saw the slightest connections to the Emily and Ariannia/Polly story. The characters themselves were also something I couldn't warm up to. This was another case where I felt very distant from the characters, they weren't ones I could say I enjoyed reading about and I found they lacked something to push the story forward, or to keep me reading. The book was interesting at times, but other times I was lost, I failed to see how everything connected how the two stories were relevant to each other.
There were certainly pieces within the story here and there that I enjoyed a lot, but for the most part, I couldn't get into it. Lovely writing, but otherwise, this one didn't work for me.
Would I recommend it to read: I'm on the fence for this one, while the writing was lovely, the story didn't connect, so I'm not sure if I'd recommend the book to read.
What to read next: More books by the author, this book doesn't show what she's capable of.
Challenges: 2013 Category Challenge, 7th Annual Canadian Book Challenge, Alphabet Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge