Monday, 28 September 2009

The Bride's Farewell by Meg Rosoff

From Amazon: On the morning of her wedding, Pell Ridley creeps out of bed in the dark, kisses her sisters goodbye and flees - determined to escape a future that offers nothing but hard work and sorrow. She takes the only thing that truly belongs to her: Jack, a white horse. The road ahead is rich with longing, silence and secrets, and each encounter leads her closer to the untold story of her past. Then Pell meets a hunter, infuriating, mysterious and cold. Will he help her to find what she seeks?

It's been a few days since I finished The Bride's Farewell, and I'm still not entirely sure what I thought of it. While I liked the writing and the general tone of the book, I found it too slow and had trouble fully immersing myself in the story.

Pell was one of the highlights for me; she was a strong female character who knew what she wanted and went after it. Whether she ultimately made the right decision is a point that can be argued, as her running away upset the balance of her family and friends. Her brother, Bean, was also a character I enjoyed getting to know, and I just wish he could have had a bigger role in Pell's story.

I've heard many fantastic things about Rosoff's writing and imagination, and I have to say that I was disappointed with both this time around. Her writing didn't grab me, and I thought that her ideas for this particular novel were never fully realised. It was almost like the book was on a long journey that suddenly ended, without a conclusion or a point being reached, which was a shame as I think so much more could have been done with the story.

I'm not sure if I'll read any more books by this author, though I may give her another chance. It wouldn't be fair to judge her work from one book, and it was just unfortunate that this one wasn't for me.

10 comments:

Chicklish said...

It's great to read such a thoughtful review. Thanks!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Give her another chance, Jenny! I didn't like this one too much either, but How I Live Now and What I Was are both amazing.

Rhiannon Hart said...

Oh shame! But I've heard How I Live Now is fantastic and very unusual.

bookalicious said...

I gave this one three stars in my review - I was disappointed too, but I'd say you should give this author another chace. I've read How I Live Now last year and loved it - the books couldn't be more different so read that one before you completely dismiss an author, it's far more shocking and it won't leave you indifferent!

elnice said...

Great honest review, I sounds kind of depressing.

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

As a huge Meg Rosoff fan, I advise you to read What I Was and How I live Now. I have a copy of The Bride's Farewell and have not read it. I will take your review into account. Thanks for the honesty.

~The Book Pixie said...

Hmmm. This sounds really interesting and I think I'm going to give it a try. I appreciate your honesty though.

~Briana

Faith said...

try "How I Live Now." I think you'll like that one more.

Matilda said...

I've just finish this book (scuse for my english, i'm french) and i like it but i did not find what i had love in How I live now, which is one of my prefer book.
But, The Bride's Farewell is better than Just in case ou What I was.

Library Mice said...

I am nearly done with it and I am loving it. I love Meg Rosoff's books but was disappointed by "What I was" so I am glad she is back on form despite that the fact that this book is so different from her others. If you want to give her another chance go for "How I Live Now", it remains her very best.