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Child I thought I d take a chance I was very disappointed however because though the book was atmospheric and the setting chance I was very disappointed however because though the book was atmospheric and the setting bleak the story was bland slow and boring It goes back and Standing for Something: 10 Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes forth in timerom pre World War II and the World War II era to the presentThe book opens with Virginia age 86 Takedown: The Fall of the Last Mafia Empire finally havingound a sign that tells her it is time to take her life The sign is the skull of a Curlew a bird ound in the marshland which is near her house Her plan is interrupted by the unforeseen appearance of a young girl who is a stranger to herThe early timeline takes place in 1939 and Clem is in the process of taking nine year old Virginia home rom her orphanage On their way home they meet an acuaintance of Clem s named Max Deering and Clem appears uptight Max offers to give Clem and Virginia a ride home because they still have uite a ways to walk but Clem declines his offer When they arrive home Clem s wife Lorna appears not that excited about Virginia s arrivalAs time progresses Virginia begins to hear her new parents arguing often in whispers and usually about Max Deering The ambience in the home is stressful and illed with secrets Clem is a Deering The ambience in the home is stressful and illed with secrets Clem is a writer and an expert on birds Virginia and Clem become very close though Lorna and Virginia have uite an emotional distance between themIt is apparent that something happened in the past that made Virginia Touching the Fire: Fifteen Poets of Today's Latino Renaissance feel guilty enough to take her life as an old woman and as the book progresses bits of the secret are very slowly revealed much too slowlyor meI ound the book repetitive and illed with portents of things to come stress and tension build things to come Stress and tension build the pace is indolent and creeps along throughout The style is gothic noir which I usually enjoy but I was unable to Torrent of Portyngale: Re-Edited from the Unique Ms. in the Chetham Library, Manchester (Classic Reprint) feel like I really knew any of the characters I had a relaxing self care day today and read callofthecurlew and what a gem of a book it was Great charactersantastic plot a dual timeline The Pocket Mommy from present day to World War II and the writing was beautifully paced and compelling A haunting well written novel Definitelyive stars. N particular the presence of their wealthy neighbour Max Deering who takes an unhealthy interest in the Unnatural Leadership: Going Against Intuition and Experience to Develop Ten New Leadership Instincts family When a Germanighter plane crashes into the marsh Clem ventures onto the deadly sands to rescue the airman And that is when things really begin to go wron. I think it was because I had such "high expectations going in on the cover the "expectations going in On the cover the is described as being reminiscent of Jane Eyre which is one of my all time As If Being 12 3/4 Isnt Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President! favorite books It s really tough to top that book As I was reading the book it was hard not to compare it to Jane Eyre The story just didn t move me as much as I would have liked it to I neverelt that connected to Virginia I did like the dual storylines of Virginia when she was adopted which was the main storyline and Virginia as an old woman I think the alternation between the two were really well done The author coordinated the unfolding of events between the two perfectly The contemporary chapter would subtly reveal something that the next historical chapter would delve into in great detail For me the strongest part of the book was Mr Deering He was a earsome villain I never knew what he was going to do because he was so unpredictable and creepy It was so unsettling every time he entered Salt Winds He s one of the best villains I ve encountered in literature this year Overall this book has a antastic setting and villain but the story leaves to be desired The Orphan of Salt Winds was previously published in England as Call of the Curlew a title that also plays a role in the story itself Following the rule Stickman Odyssey, Book 2: The Wrath of Zozimos for literary scholars and bibliographers I shall refer to the book by its original title I wondered what other changes the American editors introduced to justify their presence but it s likely that thelashlight that plays rather a role in the story was really a torch and that the odious Mr Deering s Austin 12 had a bonnet not a hood But the setting remains the low lying coast of East Anglia with its treacherous tides and dangerous currents These also are crucial to the and attracted me As A Reader Having Enjoyed Many Happy a reader Having enjoyed many happy sailing rom Mersea in my younger days I was eager to revisit the locationThis is a two track narrative The backstory takes place at the be I saw Eowyn Ivey s blurb on the cover of this book and since I loved her novel The Snow. Tive parents Clem and Lorna Wrathmell at their mysterious house Salt Winds The house sits right on the edge of a vast marsh a beautiful but dangerous place It's the start of a new life or Virginia but she uickly senses that all is not right between Clem and Lorna Virginia arrives at Salt Winds when Is Ten Adopted By adopted by and Lorna She and Clem orm an immdeiate connection her relationship with Lorna has a much slower Clem entertains her with both warnings and stories of the marsh I loved the closeness between them it added a heartwarming element to the story The marsh also plays an integral part it is where a strange occurrence will cause much heartache and provide an element of mystery There are strange things happening at Salt Winds not only conversations she overhears but also rom a neighbor a Mr Derring her seems to have a strange hold over Lorna and wanting something rom Virginia that she has no intention of giving Creepy manDual storylines past and present the past on the eve of WWIi and in the present when Virginia is in her eighties still at Salt Winds Her intention to at last leave is raught with signs and the arrival of a young girl a reminder of the past I ound the past story much interesting and the connection with the older Virgina or me did not work Just didn t seem like we get to know her very well elt this part was both rushed and the intervening years given short shift Although there are some Gothic elements mostly in the atmosphere of the past story with the marsh and the tensions and secrets will the house the past really didn t keep up with that tone It seems this novel tried to be many things we even get a airytale it didn t completely work Key elements just didn t ring true and other elements were predictable could definitely see them coming This was an entertaining read but could have been much ARC The Seduction of Miranda Prosper from Edelweiss and Tin House books I received an ARC of this bookor The Warrior Princess of Pennyroyal Academy freerom the publisher Tin House Books in exchange The Pierced Heart for an honest review I give this book 35 stars which rounds up to 4 This was an incredibly atmospheric read The setting particularly the marsh had a life of its own The author did aabulous job describing the setting which helped set the tone and the mood or the novel As or the story itself I was into it but I wasn t thrilled by it. Virginia Wrathmell has always known she will meet her death on the marsh in reparation Elizabeth I for the mistakes of her childhoodOn New Year's Eve at the age of eighty six Virginiaeels the time has inally comeIn 1939 Virginia is ten an orphan arriving to meet her new adop. Call of the Curlew