Today’s team review is from Alison, she blogs at http://alisonwilliamswriting.wordpress.com/
Alison has been reading The Brazilian Husband by Rebecca Powell
SUNSHINE, SAMBA, SECRETS AND LIES – this summer’s must-read. “…scrawled in biro, the words which had brought me here… ‘Take me home’.” Determined to honor her late husband’s final request, Judith and her teenage step-daughter, Rosa, set out on a journey from London to Brazil to track down his family and take his ashes home. But when Judith’s search leads her to Ricardo, a handsome but haunted human rights lawyer, she begins to unravel a web of lies surrounding her husband’s past: a past which is about to come crashing into their present in the form of Rosa’s real mother. As the two women navigate their way through this vibrant country of contrasts, they find themselves struggling to salvage their own fractured relationship and put the past behind them. The perfect blend of romance and suspense, set against the stunning backdrop of northeast Brazil, The Brazilian Husband is a story of friendship, family and finding out who we really are.
I read ‘The Brazilian Husband’ for Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Intelligent, thoughtful, and engaging, it really is a page turner.
Judith is an interesting and well-developed main character. Her difficult relationship with her troubled step-daughter Rosa is very well-portrayed and a real strength of the book. Judith’s desperation to rekindle her connection with Rosa is heart-breaking and frustrating – just as it should be, and Rosa is spot-on, her voice completely authentic. I didn’t know whether I wanted to give her a hug or a real telling-off!
The author clearly knows Brazil and it is described in vivid detail; no punches are pulled and there is some very gritty realism here, but this is tempered by an obvious affection for the country and its people and an appreciation of its beauty.
The writing really flows and is a pleasure to read.
All in all an excellent debut novel. I’ll certainly be looking out for more from this author.