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Janel’s #CBR4 Review 59 Small Wars by Sadie Jones

I read Jones’ latest Uninvited Guests earlier this year and I wasn’t thrilled over the story, but I had put this book on my TBR based on a recommendation from another book blogger.  I’m glad I gave Jones’ another chance, because I enjoyed this book more.

I didn’t know much about England’s “war” in Cypress/Greece in the 1950s so I enjoyed the historical aspects of the book.  The relationship between Clara and Hal is sweet and timeless.  Jones’ paints a good portrait of how war impacts more than the soldiers, but their families as well.

Jones’ is a good storyteller and left me as the reader invested in the characters, even though some of the minor characters that were part of the base in Cypress disappear in the later half of the book. I was frustrated at times with Hal because of his hot and cold emotions towards Claire.

Overall I enjoyed this book and I would recommend it.

Janel’s #CBR4 Review 27 The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones

This book to me is Downton Abbey with a paranormal twist.  The reader doesn’t suspect the paranormal twist, until the author reveals a bombshell about one of the guests.  There is a sweet romance between the adult children of the two families.  Jones takes a curious look at society at that time and how sensitive everyone was.  The last couple of chapters detailing the moving of the pony just seemed really random to me.

The ending was wrapped up a little too neatly for me and I wished there was more background about the step parent. I found the Smudge character reminded me of Flavia from I am Half Sick Of Shadows. I also found it interesting that the main characters believed everything the uninvited guests said and didn’t question them.  It raises the question, do folks that live remotely tend to be more helpful even if it is inconvenient?

HelloKatieO’s #CBR4 Review #14: The Outcast by Sadie Jones

Another LaineyGossip reccomendation, Sadie Jones’s The Outcast is an understated, beautifully dramatic novel. Lewis, the protagonist, slowly unravels after the death of his mother to the disappointment of his traditional, suburban town. As Lewis withdraws, struggling in silence, his friends, family and neighborhood simply cannot process his pain. Lewis’s behavior fails to comply with acceptable social norms; he’s not quite cheerful enough, he fails to respond to questions, his temper quickens. Everyone around him tries to force him to keep up appearances, to comply with the unstated social contracts that govern his small town, and Lewis eventually breaks, landing himself in prison.

The characters are all heartbreaking in their own way. Lewis’s father, a model of “traditional” fathering, who tries to instill strenght and distance in his son and expunge any traces of emotion from their lives. Lewis’s stepmother, who retreats into alcoholism like his biological mother before her. Kit, the young neighbor, broken by her father who is the only one who might understand Lewis’s pain. Tasmin, Kit’s older sister who uses her charms like a weapon, trying to manipulate those around her.

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