Author: Barbara Warren
Type of book: India, England, 1900s-1920s, cheating, scandals, marriage of convenience, lovers, WWI, making life, secrets, family life
Year it was published: 2016
The novel is about lying Charles Vernon and promiscuous Edina Vernon in a story that spans the years from when Victoria was Queen to 1920. It describes northern England, the soldier's hardships in the trenches, and life with servants in Imperial India. Relationships explode on the pages of this novel. They are real, hurtful, and explicit. The characters are strong, believable and the dialogue convincing. Because of this, Barbara's first novel is animated and provocative. A real page-turner! Both Edina and Charles are living lies. They hurt other people as well themselves. Will they be able to reconcile and trust each other again? The novel shows the hardships yet opportunities for the brave and strong, both males and females of that time. Shows the major changes in the two main characters Charles and Edina. The ending of the story will leave you begging for more!
Particularly, there are three important characters; that of Charles (Alfie) Alfred Vernon who comes from a big family and makes a decision to try to better his life and go against his father's wishes. He is best described as hotheaded, resourceful, extremely misogynistic towards his wife and children and also a coward. Edina, at first, is naive, blinded by love, sort of a prisoner to the society, but she is also sneaky, resourceful and someone who becomes more cultured. There is also Bill, Edina's friend and lover who is the antithesis to Charles and someone whom many readers will love.
Some human beings cannot remain monogamous
The story is in third person narrative from Charles' and Edina's point of view, although most of the story focuses a lot on Edina. I thought the story might start in the middle and then move on to beginning, but it started in beginning with Charles Vernon and then moved on. While the tone and the characters were engaging, I do have to say that the character of Charles Vernon isn't very fleshed as Edina's was and Charles Vernon felt more of an outline rather than a person. I do have to say good job to the author for doing a good job in creating a hated character that any woman will dislike. I also feel as if the change in the said character is not very believable and after reading how horrible this person was, I had a difficult time reconciling what I knew of the character at the start versus how I saw this character in the end. I also feel as if the scenery in India could use a bit more work because unlike England, it felt an outline.
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Meet the Author:
Barbara Warren always has the pedal to the metal. Born in England and educated at a convent, she left school at sixteen and was selling encyclopedias in the roughest part of London at eighteen. She married and emigrated to Canada when she was twenty-three, had three charming daughters, went to university when she was thirty-six and retired from teaching in her mid fifties.
Then she pursued her passion for the arts and for travel. She and her husband rode camels in India, elephants in Nepal and horses in Montana. They hitchhiked in Norway, cycled across Denmark and snorkeled on the Great Barrier Reef. Barbara’s paintings grace homes in Canada, USA and Mexico and she designs her own clothes. She spends the winters in Mexico and the summers in the bible belt of southern Alberta.
Her first novel, Everlasting Lies, tells the story of her grandparents’ love affairs with each other and with others. They struggle to survive in the last years of Victorian England and the horrors of WW1 and then start a new life with four children in Imperial India.
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Probably like other readers, I have one question to ask: what happens next? Seriously, the author cannot just leave at the most interesting end and not go on further. The writing is both simplistic yet engaging and the reader is hooked to see what happens next to Charles and Edina Vernon. I have to say that out of all the books I've read so far, this definitely is the most unconventional relationship I came across upon. I do feel that towards the end the story does become a bit weak and in relation to certain character maturity unbelievable, especially when the first 75 percent or so of the book is spent as building this character up someone who has earned ire of many women, yet in the last part of the book I am supposed to like this particular character and trust their words and promises?
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4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)