December 2016: The Muse & Five Go Parenting! 

In November I was unable to post much due to personal reasons, including missing my monthly book review.  So for the month of December you get 2! The Muse by Jessie Burton and Five Go Parenting from the new adult Enid Blyton collection.

The Muse

Although I have not yet read Jessie Burtons previous book ‘The Miniaturist’, when I found this book I was instantly intrigued and decided that it was something I needed to read.

The Muse is a multi layered story written by best selling novelist Jessie Burton, set in two different periods of history around two different women, joined together by a great art mystery.

A trinidadian woman named Odelle Bastien is living in late 1960s London and working in an art gallery.  She meets a man with an interesting painting and Odelle is determined to uncover the truth surrounding the once lost masterpiece with so many secrets.  The secrets of the painting lie in the past, this is where we meet Olive Schloss, the daughter of a renowned art dealer living in 1930s Spain.  Olive has a passion for art which isn’t quite understood by her parents and an acceptance to a prestigious art school.

I don’t want to give to much away as this is such a great story, that can only truly be appreciated through reading it.  The Muse definitely doesn’t disappoint, the writing is beautiful,creative and moves in a way that allows the story to flow back and forth through different times.  Jessie Burton clearly has a talent for catching your eye and keeping you engaged throughout, I never wanted to put it down and almost fell over at least twice whilst reading and walking, I cannot wait to read The Miniaturist after reading this.

Five Go Parenting

Growing up, I always loved reading the many books given to world by the incredible Enid Blyton. The Three Gollywogs, The Enchanted Wood, The Magic Faraway Tree, Noddy, The Naughtiest Girl in School, The Secret Seven and so many more! Through these I was taken on adventures through different lands, made new friends and grew up with an open mind free to go wherever my imagination would take me. Just like Rory Gilmore I lived in two worlds, one a world of books.

However, one collection of Enid Blyton books that I never enjoyed was The Fanous Five collections. I don’t know why, I just didn’t like them.  But when the new collection of adult Famous Five books was released, I was quite intrigued. I walked myself down to WHS Smith and decided to give one of them a go. The one I chose to get was ‘Five Go Parenting’.

This book was great!  Like all Enid Blyton stories from when you were younger, it is warm, witty and funny, only now they’re relatable too, making them even funnier.  We see Julian, Dick, Anne, George and their dog Tommy become responsible for a baby, a baby they didn’t even know existed until Social Services dropped her off.  It takes us through the night feed struggles, the excitement of them buying her first pram and working their way through parenthood.  The story is funny, warm and full of subtle adult humor and takes you right back to your childhood and i cannot wait to read the rest of the collection.

A x


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