Song of the Skylark by Erica James
Lizzie has always had an unfortunate knack of attracting bad luck, but this time she's hit the jackpot. Losing her heart to her boss leads to her losing her job, and with no money in the bank, Lizzie finds herself forced to move back home with her parents. When she reluctantly takes another job, she meets Mrs Dallimore, a seemingly ordinary elderly woman with an astonishing past . . .
Now in her nineties, Mrs Dallimore is also coming to terms with her situation. Old age is finally catching up with her. As she and Lizzie form the bond of unexpected friendship, Mrs Dallimore tells the story of a young girl who left America before the outbreak of World War Two and, in crossing an ocean, found herself embarking on a new life she couldn't have imagined.
As Lizzie listens to Mrs Dallimore, she begins to realise that she's not the only person to attract bad luck, and that sometimes life has a way of surprising you . . .
The Author: Erica James
My honest thoughts on this book....
Song of the Skylark is a book I'll remember for a long time! As soon as I dived into the story everything else seemed to fade away as I found myself totally gripped by this emotional, heart-breaking and truly stunning read! It is definitely worth my 5 sparkly words: captivating and inspiring storyline sprinkled with riveting scenes, dynamic and well-rounded characters.
In this book, we have two leading ladies, separated by age but united by the same motives! Lizzie thinks she has been dealt the unlucky card in life. She made some mistakes, lost her job and "the love of her life" dumped her. Lizzie thinks her life is not so great at the moment. She has to move back with her parents and start from the beginning.
Since Lizzie was a small girl, she was always in the center of her parent's attentions, wrapped up in a cotton wool. Tess and Tom, Lizzie's parents, would make any excuses for their daughter clumsy characteristic and silly behaviour to the extent of overlooking her twin brother Luke, who was an easy going child with no problems. Now Tess and Tom are left with worry about their grown up daughter future and the consequences of some of Lizzie's decisions.
Mrs. Clarrisa Dallimore is one of a kind lady who lead a life full of tragedy and heartbreak but Mrs. Dallimore is a lovable, strong minded and caring person and now she has someone who will listen to her story. When Lizzie is forced to take up a volunteering position at Woodside, the care home for the elderly, she meets Clarissa, and both ladies forge an unexpected yet firm friendship that will change Lizzie outlook on life forever.
The chapters in this book alter between Clarrisa Dallimore's life before, during and after the war and Lizzie's story when she meets Clarrisa seventy years on.
I loved the way Clarissa, Mrs. Dallimore, retells her life journey to Lizzie. Clarissa's story is so compelling and mixed with grief, happiness, and hope. Clarrisa opens up to Lizzie and perhaps for the first time, Lizzie can see what she has made of her life and how she can change her ways, make amends and create her own landscape of life.
As well as Lizzie, and Mrs. Dallimore I got to know Lizzie's family: Tess, Tom, Luke, Ingrid ( Luke's wife) and their toddler Freddie. To everyone's eye, they are the perfect family, but they all have their own problems and insecurities that are buried deep within their family unit. I really adored this family, and I could clearly see they had a strong and loving bond for one another.
I must say I was utterly taken by both women and their stories filled with emotions, passion and need to love and be loved. I sobbed my way through some of the scenes in the book, and I cheered on the fantastic characters to make the right decisions, and I relished every single chapter of this fabulous book. As I finished the last page I realised that Erica James quickly became one of my the authors, I will always pick out of the book crowd.
Happy Reading! xo
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