Tuesday, March 10, 2009

"Fallen Angels" and two other reviews

"Fallen Angels" is a book by Valerie Wood that I recently listened to. It's about a woman named "Lily" who married a man named "Billy Fowler" after being told her first husband - and the father of her two children - "Johnny Lee-Madison" had been killed while serving with the army. But then Billy sells Lily and her daughter "Daisy" to a man named "Jaimie" who abandons her when he realises she's pregnant. So Lily and Daisy are left to fend for themselves in a town they've never even been to before. Meanwhile Lily's son "Ted" fights with Billy Fowler after finding out he's sold his mother and sister, and tries to run away to sea because he thinks he's killed him. It was a really good book. At least, I thought so.

I also recently listened to "Across A Summer Sea" by Lynn Andrews. This one is about a woman named "Mary" who is thrown out of her home - along with her three children (9 year old Katie, 8 year old Tommy and 6 year old Lizzie) - by her husband "Frank" because he thinks she's cheating on him, which she isn't. She tries to tell Frank she wasn't unfaithful to him, but he wont listen, and he throws her and the kids out on the street with no money and hardly any posessions. Leaving Mary to try and find a job in order to put a roof over their heads, clothes on their backs, shoes on their feet, and food in their bellies. This one was a really good book too... Quite heart-wrenching in places.

The other book I listened to recently was "The Best Of Sisters" by Dilly Court. It's the story of 12 year old Eliza's struggle to survive after her protector (her older brother "Bart") has to make a run for it by boat after accidentally killing a man. It was a pretty good book. I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the other two though.



Intense Guy said...

Wow. All these sad tales of abuse and woe. They sound sort of Oliver Twist-like in nature.

I hope they had good (happy) endings.

Tori_z said...

Yes, they do.

Punkn said...

There is nothing like curling up with a good book. It sounds like you enjoyed them a lot.

Jayde_Bramblerose said...

Well Tori those books certainly sound interesting so i will keep a look out for them as they sound like the ones i would read.

Tori_z said...

I agree, there's nothing like curling up with a good book. Whether you're reading it or listening to it. :)

And, yes, I did enjoy them. Especially "Across A Summer Sea."

Yes, I think you'd enjoy them.