Songs of Blue and Gold (Free E–pub) Ò Deborah Lawrenson


Songs of Blue and Gold

READ & DOWNLOAD ↠ Songs of Blue and Gold Sometimes the key to the future lies in the past In the horseshoe bay of Kalami in Corfu a tumultuous love affair begins between a renowned novelist and a woman escaping scandal Years later her daughter Melissa running from her own past returns to the island Melissa's life in England is in disarray There are cracks in her perfect marri. I d fallen asleep for an hour late afternoon to the weary hum of ageing insects and woke with the drumming thought time present is long a breath a heartbeat and then it s goneI read this book amidst the buzzing hum of cicadas with views of the intensely blue Ionian Sea in front of me and surrounded by an almost shimmering wall of midsummer heat One of Lawrenson s great strengths as a writer is her ability to convey the natural landscape in precise and sensuous detail and there was great pleasure in reading her descriptions of Corfu as I lounged in my Kefalonian villa If you like me enjoy matching your book to location I highly recommend this to you as a summer read Even if you aren t already in Greece if you can abandon yourself to the book s charms you may be able to imaginatively transport yourself there I became acuainted with the author through Instagram and our first conversations there were about our mutual interest in Lawrence Durrell specifically his books known as the Alexandria uartet In this novel Lawrenson has created a Durrell inspired character called Julian Adie and invested him with many of Durrell s characteristics and personal history She has also captured the Durrell voice so accurately that I asked her if some lines were lifted directly from Durrell s writing The other was no or rather I do hope not The locations which were so important to Durrell s life and writing specifically Corfu and Sommieres France are also key to the storyline of this book The protagonist is Melissa a London based archivist in her late 30s At the beginning of the novel Melissa is facing the loss of the two pillars of her life her husband and her mother Elizabeth As her mother begins to fade away from a fast progressing form of Alzheimer s disease Melissa must also confront the betrayal of her husband She is truly a character at a crossroads in her life In her last months Melissa s mother leaves a few tantalising but elusive clues to a past that has been kept hidden from her daughter her only child One of the clues is a name Julian The other is a copy of Julian Adie s Collected Poems inscribed with the following To Elizabeth always remembering Corfu what could have been and what we must both forget In an attempt to both escape the pain of the present and perhaps also find some guidance or suppressed truth from the past Melissa journeys to Corfu to see what she can discover about her mother s past life and connection to Julian AdieMelissa s journey in this book is a circuitous one and she will also revisit both her childhood homes in Kent and the Languedoc region of France before finding some resolution in Corfu If I had a frustration with the book it was with the central character who is at times so lost and withdrawn so afraid of acting that I became annoyed with her There are tantalising prospects for Melissa particularly in the form of a possible romance but for most of the novel she is too stuck to pursue them The past is generally alive than the present in this story and the most vivid parts of the book involve a young Elizabeth and her middle aged lover Julian Adie Like Durrell Adie is a man of many parts charismatic and vital and curious but also selfish and cruel There is a dramatic death in the past that becomes a hinge for the plot and Melissa believes that it is a key to understanding something but it is a diversion both for the storyline and the character than anything else The mood of the novel is strong and it finishes on a high note Even though I am still in Greece I left the world of the novel with regret and plenty of curiousity to read about the man who inspired it Tennessee Reunion Williamston Wildlife Rescue #3 journeys to Corfu to see what she can discover about her mother s past life and connection to Julian AdieMelissa s Tempted by the Badge To Serve and Seduce #2 journey in this book is a circuitous one and she will also revisit both her childhood homes in Kent and the Languedoc region of France before finding some resolution in Corfu If I had a frustration with the book it was with the central character who is at times so lost and withdrawn so afraid of acting that I became annoyed with her There are tantalising prospects for Melissa particularly in the form of a possible romance but for most of the novel she is too stuck to pursue them The past is generally alive than the present in this story and the most vivid parts of the book involve a young Elizabeth and her middle aged lover Julian Adie Like Durrell Adie is a man of many parts charismatic and vital and curious but also selfish and cruel There is a dramatic death in the past that becomes a hinge for the plot and Melissa believes that it is a key to understanding something but it is a diversion both for the storyline and the character than anything else The mood of the novel is strong and it finishes on a high note Even though I am still in Greece I left the world of the novel with regret and plenty of curiousity to read about the man who inspired it

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READ & DOWNLOAD ↠ Songs of Blue and Gold Hedonist who discarded four wives and Melissa's mother Elizabeth As Melissa chases Adie's shadow across the golden places he loved she finds her mother may not have been the person she thought Forced to uestion morality loyalty and her own unwillingness to let love in Melissa is gradually led to a dramatic re evaluation of her own life. A simple read not at all demanding but nothing wrong in that especially choosing to read this novel whilst staying in Corfu and visiting Durrell s Home in Kalami the limpid waters of the Mediterranean are indeed lapping against the seashore with the huge bulk of the Albanian coastline a necessary backdropOf course I find Melissa a rather one dimensional character and cannot think why she didn t enjoy deep and meaningful discussions with her Mother whilst she was alive why wait until the poor old dear has popped her clogs to discover that her Mum had been uite a girl back in the day

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READ & DOWNLOAD ↠ Songs of Blue and Gold Age and her elderly mother Elizabeth is losing her memory and slowly drifting away In the last glimmers of lucidity Elizabeth presents her daughter with a gift that suggests a very secret history one that leads Melissa to Kalami where Julian Adie poet traveller and novelist once livedBut what is the connection between Adie an alluring. Songs of Blue and Gold is a wonderfully evocative story an advantage for me was that I read it in Corfu so the settings and the descriptions of this beautiful island were even realisticThe story revolves around Melissa Melissa is in her 30s and her life seems to be heading nowhere Her mother Elizabeth recently died after suffering from dementia for some time Elizabeth gave Melissa a book just before she died from the inscription it is clear that she had spent time on Corfu in the early 60s Melissa knew nothing about this and is drawn to discover about her mother s secret lifeMelissa arrives on Corfu and tries to find out about the mysterious author who obviously knew Elizabeth intimatelyLawrenson describes the lush and beautiful island of Corfu perfectly from the beaches the plants and most especially the people The friendliness the nosiness the generosity and the secrecy of the small village all are beautifully drawnThis is an engaging story written so beautifully

  • Paperback
  • 448
  • Songs of Blue and Gold
  • Deborah Lawrenson
  • English
  • 01 March 2020
  • 9780099505198

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    SUMMARY Ù VIVETUMUSICA.CO ☆ Deborah Lawrenson Deborah Lawrenson ☆ 1 READ & DOWNLOAD READ & DOWNLOAD Songs of Blue and Gold I'd fallen asleep for an hour late afternoon to the weary hum of ageing insects and woke with the drumming thought

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    SUMMARY Ù VIVETUMUSICA.CO ☆ Deborah Lawrenson Songs of Blue and Gold (Free E–pub) Ò Deborah Lawrenson Superb This will be one of my books of the year without a doubt Ignore the cover and the fact that the blurb on the back doesn't mention the book's major influence It's a literary romantic novel and hugely enjoyable There's on it here

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    SUMMARY Ù VIVETUMUSICA.CO ☆ Deborah Lawrenson Deborah Lawrenson ☆ 1 READ & DOWNLOAD Songs of Blue and Gold (Free E–pub) Ò Deborah Lawrenson I thoroughly enjoyed this book It is a fabulous read and is so evocative of Corfu which I know well that scenes are constantly replaying in my mind I loved the parallel lives that the book follows and found the i

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    Songs of Blue and Gold (Free E–pub) Ò Deborah Lawrenson When you live here year round on Corfu it's easy to overlook the island's captivating beauty as well as the interesting and notable p

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    Songs of Blue and Gold (Free E–pub) Ò Deborah Lawrenson Not ideal for an audiobookBefore reading this I was aware of the work of Gerald Durrell the naturalist and conservationalist than his brother Lawrence on whom the main character of this novel was based For the purposes of the novel Lawrence is renamed Julian Adie a strange device that grated a bitLawrence Durrell was born in India but subseuently moved to Corfu with his parental family at the age of 23 He obviously fell in love with the Isl

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    SUMMARY Ù VIVETUMUSICA.CO ☆ Deborah Lawrenson Deborah Lawrenson ☆ 1 READ & DOWNLOAD READ & DOWNLOAD Songs of Blue and Gold Songs of Blue and Gold is a wonderfully evocative story an advantage for me was that I read it in Corfu so the settings and the descriptions of this beautiful island were even realisticThe story revolves around Melissa Melissa is in her 30s and her life seems to be heading nowhere Her mother Elizabeth recently died after s

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    Songs of Blue and Gold (Free E–pub) Ò Deborah Lawrenson SUMMARY Ù VIVETUMUSICA.CO ☆ Deborah Lawrenson READ & DOWNLOAD Songs of Blue and Gold I really enjoyed The Art of Falling by this author and was looking forward to this one the Corfu backdrop only added to the attraction It's an unusual book very much a fictionalised account of the life and what a life of Laurence Durrell told from a number of perspectives his biographers Elizabeth with whom he had a brief liaison during which something very dramatic happened or perhaps didn't and Elizabeth's

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    Songs of Blue and Gold (Free E–pub) Ò Deborah Lawrenson Deborah Lawrenson ☆ 1 READ & DOWNLOAD READ & DOWNLOAD Songs of Blue and Gold A simple read not at all demanding but nothing wrong in that especially choosing to read this novel whilst staying in Corfu and visiting Durrell's Home in Kalami the limpid waters of the Mediterranean are indeed lapping against the seashore with the huge bulk of the Albanian coastline a necessary backdropOf course I find Melissa a rather one dimensional character and cannot think why she didn't enjoy deep and meaningful discussions with

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    READ & DOWNLOAD Songs of Blue and Gold Deborah Lawrenson ☆ 1 READ & DOWNLOAD Songs of Blue and Gold (Free E–pub) Ò Deborah Lawrenson A book I found a bit slow going but one I enjoyed enough to want to finish and was uite an easygoing light read Mostly set in sunny Corfu the descriptions took me back to Mediterranean holidays and the plot and characters were believable I only realised afterwards that the writer character was based on the lif

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    Songs of Blue and Gold (Free E–pub) Ò Deborah Lawrenson interview love story set on the Greek island of Corfu inspired by the life of British writer Lawrence Durrell

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