Blackberry Winter

Blackberry WinterThis Is An Alternate Title Cover Edition For 9789022573204 Seattle, Mei 1932 Alleenstaande Moeder Vera Ray Geeft Haar Driejarige Zoontje Daniel Een Nachtzoen En Vertrekt Naar Haar Nachtdienst In Het Plaatselijke Hotel Waar Ze Werkt De Volgende Ochtend Heeft Een Late Sneeuwstorm De Hele Stad Bedekt, En Haar Zoon Blijkt Diezelfde Nacht Te Zijn Verdwenen Buiten Op Straat Ligt Zijn Teddybeer, Verlaten In De Sneeuw.Seattle, Mei 2010 Claire Aldridge, Journaliste Bij De Seattle Herald, Krijgt De Opdracht Een Reportage Te Maken Over Het Zeldzame Fenomeen Sneeuwstorm In Mei , Dat Dit Jaar Voor Het Eerst In Bijna Tachtig Jaar Weer Heeft Plaatsgevonden Bij Haar Onderzoek Stuit Ze Niet Alleen Op Het Verhaal Van De Ontvoering Die Nooit Werd Opgelost Maar Ook Op Verbazingwekkende Overeenkomsten Tussen De Levens Van Vera Ray En Haarzelf This is a very special novel to me I dedicated it to my three young sons, and to mothers everywhere who have lost children I hope you will enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed writing it xo Hmm hard to review this book I liked the story I read it quickly and I wanted to know what happened But the whole thing read to me like a soap opera The characters all seemed cliched to me, and sort of one note The dialogue was overblown people don t really talk like that especially from the older characters in the book The actions of the characters didn t always ring true, or seem believable, and sometimes small details didn t track, which was distracting The whole thing just seemed overly dramatic, and romanticized And the main character has suffered a trauma to which she alludes in the first few pages, this isn t a spoiler but she dances around it and hints at it for many chapters Why not just explain what happened I found that really annoying In the book, she s our narrator, and we re experiencing her story It doesn t make sense that we don t get to know what happened to her until we re halfway in I don t know if it was supposed to be suspenseful, but to me it was frustrating and made it harder for me to understand her POV it kept me outside of her and her story for a while This reminded me a little of The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Actually, my reaction to the writing was similar, but the stories framework are also kind of similar, too That was anoth
I was so frustrated with this novel that I often wonder how I had the drive to finish it As other astute reviewers have noted, this is no than a lifetime movie put on paper using high school level writing Everything was so conveniently positioned in the uncovering of her mystery from the people she randomly meets to the secret briefcase in the secret room that conveniently contains the precise papers she needs Side rant this is an infuriatingly feeble attempt at emulating a case file interview Aside from all the coincidences that are responsible for the plots progression, I have never read the word said ie She said, He said, I said so many times in one story It s as if she didn t want to waste her time thinking of another word So where did she spend her time It certainly wasn t on proofreading her own work There were so many grammatical and sloppy errors in this book it was actually atrocious Examples 1 Thomas is said to be younger than Warren Warren says this himself , this is actually IMPOSSIBLE if Thomas was supposed to be Daniel Daniel was born in 1930 When Daniel went missing in 1933, Warren was just conceived That would have made Daniel Thomas 3 YEARS OLDER than Warren I actually cringed when Claire reflected on this and uttered in amazement, The dates calculated perfectly No
, , , . This story intricately weaves the events surrounding the disappearance of a 3 year old boy Daniel Ray in 1933 with a journalist s Claire Aldridge search for answers in present day There s a somewhat mystical element in how seemingly unrelated situations converge to help unravel the mystery The transitions were done skillfully
While other readers will probably enjoy the story it just wasn t my cup of tea I felt that the characters were somewhat one dimensional and I felt no rapport with any of them I think if back story had been given I might have been intrigued In some instances I felt that the characters reactions where unrealistic One case in point is that Vera is willing to sleep with a gentleman of ill repute but with a certain amount of influence as she hopes he will help her find her son However, after a very brief meeting with the father of her son she is unwilling to press her case and have him help her find the boy.While she may have been afraid of ruining his life by telling Charles that the boy was his she could have avoided doing so but still prevailed upon his kindness and their past association In all likelihood he would have helped her I had actually assumed that her lover was dead as the author emphasized how in love he was with Vera and yet he made no
When a late spring snowstorm called a blackberry winter hits Seattle in May 2010, Claire Aldridge a feature writer for the Seattle Herald is asked to write a story comparing the whiteout to a similar event that occurred in May 1933 After researching the historical storm Claire decides to focus her article on Daniel Ray a three year old boy who disppeared during the depression era snowfall.Daniel s mother, Vera Ray, barely eked out a living as a maid at Seattle s Olympic Hotel Unable to take Daniel along when she worked the night shift, Vera was forced to leave the sleeping child at home On the night of May 1st, snow blanketed the city and with public transportation out of commission Vera trudged all the way home in the morning to find Daniel gone Distraught, Vera ran through the streets calling for Daniel and asking pedestrians if they d seen him but all she found was the child s teddy bear Vera went to the police, but they were dismissive, suggesting that Daniel had run away Can you imagine A three year old child Poverty ridden and powerless, Vera had to look for Daniel herself Things soon went from bad to worse when Vera was evicted from her apartment for inability to pay the rent and lost her job for taking too many days off looking for Daniel A wealthy resident of the Oly
Vera Ray works hard and long hours at her hotel cleaning job in Seattle, but working comes at a cost when she is forced to leave her three year old son, Daniel at home alone One morning she returns home after a tiring shift to find, Daniel s bed empty Frantically, Vera searches everywhere for Daniel, but it seems he can t be found anywhere Has Daniel wandered off or has someone taken him Claire is a newsreporter who has a troubled marriage and a past that still haunts her A strange snowstorm hits Seattle and Claire is assigned to write a story on a similar storm that hit Seattle in the 1930 s Whilst investigating the story, Claire comes across the unsolved case of Vera and her missing son Claire starts to dedicate a lot of her time to this case in the hope of finding out what really happened to, Daniel But i
Borrowed from the Pikes Peak Library DistrictI can NOT remember what compelled me to borrow this book not just borrow it but I wait listed it All I can say is UGH I need to stop reading books that I know are NOT in my favorite genres This is one Pathetic and predictable I read some reviews that marveled at the twist ending but I saw it coming a mile away.The main character and her husband are falling apart from each other in a landslide kind of way She lost her baby while jogging when she was EIGHT MONTHS PREGNANT because she was hit by a car Really Just REALLY Anyway, she harbors a lot of guilt about it damn straight and pushes her husband toward his former girlfriend while all the while, she s accepting comfort from another man who is interested in her EVEN THOUGH HE KNOWS SHE S MARRIED While all of this is going on, as a reporter, she s trying to get to the bottom of a story about a child who went missing decades earlier when a major snow storm
This book was abysmal The only reason I m giving it 2 stars instead of one is because I actually read to the end I ll save the 1 star rating for books I don t finish Let s start off with what initially attracted me to Blackberry Winter I love the cover, and the blurb on the back sounded interesting I was expecting an intelligent read with everything I ve come to expect from that genre that calls Literary Fiction I guess that s why I shouldn t judge a book by its cover What else did I like about this book Not much I guess I kept reading because I wanted to find out what happened to Daniel Ray, the three year old boy who went missing in 1933 If that was not part of the plot, I probably would have stopped reading after Chapter 7, where we meet Charles, Vera Ray s love interest.Here s where we get into what I didn t like about this book The list is long, so grab a coffee or something Charles is so good, he makes me want to puke At first I thought the author must be yanking my chain I mean, what young, rich man wants to trade his life with a bus boy during the Great Depression so he can be free Blech, seriously I just did not buy it And the fact that he fell in love with Vera at first sight Come on Why Was she pretty, or smart I honestly don t know what her appeal was, except that she was poor and maybe Charles was looking for some variety, but they really didn t have any chemistry I