A Greater World by Clare Flynn
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 2015 B.R.A.G. MEDALLION HONOREE
Elizabeth Morton is a young woman used to living in comfort surrounded by her sister and nieces. Her father is off in Australia seeking a fortune. Elizabeth receives word that her father wishes her to move to Australia to marry and leaves the house to her sister’s vile husband. The vile brother-in-law forces Elizabeth to make the move and leaves her a little something to remind her of him.
“Elizabeth curled her lip. ‘Excited? Excited at being treated like a piece of baggage that can be shipped across the world on a whim and handed over, sight unseen, to an old man who has to be raving bonkers himself to go along with it?’”
Struggling to forget the incident and making plans to refuse to marry whoever her father wants her to marry, she finds herself meeting a young man who is struggling to forget things as well. Michael is running away too. He needs to forget his role in his brother’s death and the grieving horror his parents are going through due to that loss. He opens himself up to Elizabeth briefly.
Once in Australia, the two find themselves struggling through the obstacles that fate continues to throw in their way. Each one is far worse than the other – both marry but not for love. Elizabeth struggles through loneliness and death, she watches her whole world collapsing around her as she continues to fulfill her promises to a man she had grown fond of but does not truly love.
“Jack Kidd may not be the man you dreamed of, but then the man you dreamed of wouldn’t be that for long either. At least if you’ve no high expectations, you won’t ever be disappointed.”
As a woman, Elizabeth has few options left to her in a world where men rule. She perseveres and finds that in the end, fate allows her some happiness.
Clare Flynn clearly communicates that women during the 1920’s were mere chattel in the eyes of men and the law. Men saw the women of that time as weak and inferior mentally. Flynn does an excellent job of proving that this is not true. Elizabeth is a strong character; her morals and ethics are strong as well. Michael is shown as strong but hurting as well. He is struggles to overcome the tragedy of his brother’s death, losing Elizabeth, marrying for position. Michael seems to adapt easier to demands in Australia. Elizabeth is faced with daily challenges that would leave most hiding under the blankets.
Flynn did an excellent job of making this novel a real and authentic story. The dialect, descriptions, and seamless plot are excellent further identifying this as a book worth reading multiple times. Her attention to details is thorough. Characters are so vividly described one can see them.
This is an excellently written book, I enjoyed the characters and her rich vocabulary. Flynn is gifted at making the characters real and vivid. The connections between reader and characters were true, leaving the reader to grieve, cry, laugh and gasp throughout.
This was one of those books that grab you from beginning to end!
WordsAPlenty gives Clare Flynn’s A Greater World, a 2015 B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree, five stars.
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