August was a very sad month for me reading. I just couldn’t really get into anything. I tried to read ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ a few times, but just couldn’t really get into it before my borrow expired. Even the one book I’m counting here as my SINGLE August read, I didn’t finish until a few days into September. I’m hoping this month will be a bit better of a book month for me.
The Woman Before Wallis by Bryn Turnbull
Bryn Turbull’s first novel explores the life of Thelma Morgan in the ’20s and ’30s during her marriage to a Lord, her affair with a Prince, and her sister’s high-profile court case against the Vanderbilts. It’s a work of historical fiction, but a lot of what happened in the book was true.
I was looking forward to reading a new book by a Canadian author, and I love me some royal fiction. I just wish I liked it more than I actually did. For me, it was a slow read. I was never particularly gripped at any point. I didn’t feel a whole lot of depth to any of the characters. It all felt very surface level.
The book jumps around a bit in regard to time. I didn’t really mind that. The chapter titles told the reader what time we were in. I thought it was interesting to see what action lead up to what event. The book just felt like it was taking a long time to get somewhere, and I don’t really feel like I got anywhere.
After finishing the book, I read the various wikipedia pages for the real-life people in this book, and the book was pretty accurate towards history. It was an okay book, I just didn’t really love it.