Storms Gather Between Us
by Clare Flynn
Publication Date: June 17, 2019
Paperback & eBook; 384 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
Life can change in a single moment…
Living under the watchful eye of her controlling and abusive father, Hannah Dawson’s hopes for freedom and happiness seem a distant dream. Her mother, passive and ashamed of her self-preservation, refuses to challenge her husband. It is the mysterious circumstances of her long-lost Aunt Lizzie’s disappearance in the 1920s that inspires Hannah to seek a better life.
Since escaping his family’s notoriety in Australia Will Kidd has spent a decade sailing the seas, never looking back. Content to live the life of a wanderer, everything changes in a single moment when he comes face to face with a ghost from his past on a cloudy beach in Liverpool.
Hannah and Will are thrown together by fate and bonded by secrets from long ago. Now, they discover a love like no other. But with Hannah’s father determined to see her wed to a man of his choosing they must fight against a tyrant who has ruined many lives. Even if they succeed, can they escape the chains of their histories? And will their plans for a future be possible when the whole world is changing forever…?
A compelling tale of family secrets and undeniable love against the odds, perfect for fans of Susanne Goldring and Fiona Valpy.
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Okay, so I had the serious pleasure of kicking off my summer by diving into a book written by a new-to-me-author. I love discovering new authors, and Clare Flynn did not disappoint. Storms Gather Between Us was slightly out of my usual reading bubble…(I’m not usually one for novels with a romantic twist, but lately I’ve been really enjoying them. Go figure!)…so I went in with high hopes and more than a little curiosity.
The first thing that struck me was Clare Flynn’s character creation. Specifically Will Kidd, at least at the start. The beginning of the book focuses primarily on developing Will’s humanity. I adored that the author took her time in revealing all of his facets, which meant that as the story progressed, I felt that I knew how Will would perceive each situation and what effect different characters would have on him. The neat thing too, is that the author allowed this to happen with even the side characters. Though we only meet her briefly, you will walk away from the story wanting to know so much more about Rafqa. (Dear Ms. Flynn, can one of your future books be about Rafqa? Love, your new adoring fan.)
You will also equally fall in love with Hannah and her resilience (sneaking library books? Yasss Girl), find yourself a trifle annoyed with Sarah and Judith (one needs a backbone and the other needs to learn when to be quiet. But I forgive them), and full of contempt for Mr. Dawson (you got what you deserved, Bro). Y’all, I have read so many books that had pages full of lackluster characters that not only didn’t jump off the page, but stayed firmly planted in the book when I shelved it. But not so with Will and Hannah, and Rafqa too.
I need to also mention that the author was fabulous at setting a scene and fleshing out each place that the characters walked. It was quite simple to jump into the story and see through Will and Hannah’s eyes. The plot itself and the way the story progressed was also pretty great. There were a couple spots that felt a little rushed to me in the story-line, but it did not detract from the plot whatsoever.
Bottom Line: A wonderful read. Very thought-provoking and emotion-inducing, with a lovely ending and memorable characters. I recommend!
About the Author
Historical novelist Clare Flynn is a former global marketing director and business owner. She now lives in Eastbourne on the south coast of England and most of her time these days is spent writing her novels – when she’s not gazing out of her windows at the sea.
Clare is the author of eleven novels and a short story collection. Her books deal with displacement – her characters are wrenched away from their comfortable existences and forced to face new challenges – often in outposts of an empire which largely disappeared after WW2.
Fluent in Italian, she loves spending time in Italy. In her spare time she likes to quilt, paint and travel as often and as widely as possible. She is an active member of the Historical Novel Society, the Romantic Novelists Association, The Society of Authors, NINC and the Alliance of Independent Authors.
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