>The Very Thought of You by Rosie Allison
Paperback: 306 pages
Genre: Literary Fiction
Publisher: Alma Books ltd 2009
Source: A surprise from another Bookcrosser
First Sentence : ‘Prologue May 1964, My dearest, Of all the many people we met in a lifetime, it is strange that so many of us find ourselves in thrall to one particular person.’
Review Quote : “Without question one of the best debuts I have read in recent years” John Boyne, author.
My Opinion: Impressive first novel.
If you decide to read this be prepared for an emotional read in this impressive first novel which tackles in a very atmospheric way the coming of age story of a young girl evacuated during WWII. Anna is constantly searching for love and acceptance, whilst surrounded by others that fail to communicate with each other. I found myself at times urging the characters to talk to each other.
Anna Sands is eight years old in August 1939 when with England on the brink of war she is evacuated from London to a large Yorkshire estate. The home of Elizabeth and Thomas Ashton is turned into both home and school for the evacuees that this childless couple welcome into their lives. Drawn into their unhappy relationship Anna finds herself coping not only with her own feelings of loss and survival, but also those of Thomas who becomes a mentor of sorts to her.
The characters will certainly be with me for awhile and the title is certainly very apt. I looked up the words of the song of the same title “The very thought of you, and I forget to do those little ordinary things that everyone ought to do….”.
Love can be so cruel is to me the haunting memory that reading this moving novel reminds me. Not just a love story, but a story about love. As one of my favourite books this year I certainly recommend this one.
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