Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Book Review & Giveaway: Tyringham Park

Tyringham Park: A NovelAuthor: Rosemary McLoughlin
Publication Date: February 25, 2014
Publisher: Atria

Tyringham Park is the Blackshaws' magnificent country house in the south of Ireland. It is a haven of wealth and privilege until its peace is shattered by a devastating event which reveals the chaos of jealousy and deceit beneath its surface.

Charlotte Blackshaw is only eight years old when her little sister Victoria goes missing from the estate. Charlotte is left to struggle with her loss without any support from her hostile mother and menacing nanny. It is obvious to Charlotte that both of them wish she had been the one to go missing rather than pretty little Victoria.

Charlotte finds comfort in the kindness of servants. With their help she seeks an escape from the burden of being the unattractive one left behind.

Despite her mother's opposition, she later reaches out for happiness and believes the past can no longer hurt her.

But the mystery of Victoria's disappearance continues to cast a long shadow over Tyringham Park – a mystery that may still have the power to destroy its world and the world of all those connected to it.

“Artists don’t live in the same world as we do,” said her father when the clock showed five minutes past eight and the painter’s chair across from her stood unoccupied.

The mother wasn’t seen to lose her composure and the father didn’t return from London when Victoria Blackshaw, the pretty one, went missing at the age of twenty-two months.

How could she have known how easy it was to love and care for a child? Why had no one told her how all-consuming and satisfying tending to a child could be?

I’m not afraid of her anymore. What harm can she do to me at my age?

This book turned out to be nothing like I expected it would be. Marketing for the book compared it to Downton Abbey, which I cannot get enough of, but I found this book to be more emotional and heartbreaking than Downton Abbey ever had time to be. This book was a nice surprise and different from any other book I had read this month. The story focuses around Charlotte Blackshaw, who has lived her life constantly in the shadow of her younger sister, Victoria. There is only one problem with this situation: Victoria disappeared when she was just a toddler. Her entire life has not been the same since her sister’s disappearance and her parents treat her differently because of it. Charlotte suffers from more than mental abuse and neglect, however. This book is truly heartbreaking, but something you should not miss!

Charlotte is a truly riveting character. The struggles and psychological damage that she suffers is something that took me awhile to wrap my head around. This book deals with issues that are heart wrenching and not for the faint of heart. Many reviews that I have read focus mostly on the bashing of Charlotte because of her destructive nature. Yes, Charlotte can be difficult, but I couldn’t help but have hope for her future. Charlotte is not your typical protagonist, but it was a nice change. This book is not at all clich├ęd or predictable and Charlotte adds to that greatly!

A lot of the characters in this book are extremely unlikeable – but, alas, this is a compliment for Rosemary McLoughlin. Charlotte’s mother in particular is completely loathsome. Neither of Charlotte’s parents are at all very likeable. This plot changes quickly and keeps things interesting as well. For as much information that is packed in this book, McLoughlin keeps readers fascinated with dramatic twists and turns for not just one but all of the characters.

***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Atria in exchange for my honest review***

The publishers at Atria have graciously offered up one free copy of Tyringham Park for giveaway on my blog. If you are interested in possibly owning your own copy of this book, please enter in the Rafflecopter giveaway below. The giveaway will run through Friday, February 28th! This giveaway is for the US ONLY!

This a way that I can repay all of my wonderful readers! Thank you for reading and staying faithful to my blog!

1 comment:

  1. I finished up Colleen McCullough's Masters of Rome series last month..I loved The October Horse.