Thursday, 14 August 2014

Burrow into a Book..........

Over the months of July and August I have been and still am, reading these books above and reviewing them - not just for myself but for Suffolk Book League (who are in conjunction with the Suffolk Magazine) and also I post them onto Waterstones reviews.

She Rises by Kate Worsley – Review by Meg Burrows

A book of two tales set in the Eighteenth Century, She Rises follows the story of young dairy maid Louise Fletcher and fifteen year old Luke.
Louise, who has been warned of the sea’s lure by the loss of her father and brother, finds herself new employment in the naval port of Harwich to the fickle, proud Rebecca, daughter of a wealthy Captain. With its hidden smuggling passages, busy streets, wavering tides and shadowed corridors, Harwich is a labyrinth that Louise learns to unravel and soon begins to love.     
Fifteen year old Luke, after he has been drinking in a local tavern, wakes to find himself in the belly of the Essex, where he is forced into the harsh world of the Royal Navy. Longing for memories gone by and escape from his new sudden brutal environment, Luke quickly learns that the sea will be his maker. Both Luke and Louise are on their own rolling paths, but like the sea, their waves soon collide in a very organic way.
Luke’s story especially grabbed my attention and supported the wonder and atmosphere of the book as a whole; Worsley really heightens the unpleasant, aggressive and realistic side of naval life very effectively and quite quickly I found myself wanting to help the character out of his predicament.
The setting of the Essex farm where we first meet Louise and the port of Harwich felt very nostalgic for me and like Louise, I was transported into strong imagery and a real thirst for the excitement of the sea and its possibilities. At times I found the book to be a little lengthy but overall the use of description and imagery from Worsley was executed well in a very evocative way and I found myself clearly picturing places and people.

The book is essentially focused on a love story but with both characters, Worsley effectively explores themes of identity, gender & survival and how the world you find yourself in can be embellished in excitement and adventure but with great danger and ultimately, great consequence.  The book, with its two engaging voices, dynamic pace and not to mention, enticing front cover, is certainly worth a read this summer. 

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