Monday, June 3, 2013

The Blue Hour by Beatrice Donahue

The Blue Hour

In a drowsy English village at the dawn of the 1920s, Rosina King sleepwalks through her unhappy life—until one deep blue evening, when she is finally woken by a kiss. American painter Eve Soames is the embodiment of a thoroughly modern woman: fearless, financially independent, and strong-willed. When Eve bursts into her life, Rosina finds herself mesmerised, and also unsettled by what she senses Eve might teach her.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Some books stay with you long after the last page. This is one of them. I finished the book in one sitting, sighing and clutching my e-reader with joy. This story is an awakening and I fell in love with it on the first page. Rose is an unhappy woman, trapped in a life with an abusive man she hates. When she by chance meets the enigmatic Eve at a party, she knows her life will never be the same. Hunger like she has never known stirs her blood and she feels alive. Eve is captivating and the contrast between the fragile Rose and the more worldly and evocative Eve is breathtaking. It is sweet, beautifully written and has haunted my dreams ever since. 

Author Beatrice Donahue has ensnared my heart with this thoughtfully written tale. The words are like a finely wrought tapestry full of beauty, sadness and hope for the future in a time that made it difficult for a woman to stand up to abuse and truly live. Erotic, beautiful and luminous as a pearl, this short novelette is one I will return to again and again for a touch of blue and the brush of a rose petal on the skin. Many are being struck by the 1920's and the Gatsby craze. This is one you won't want to miss. 


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