Friday, January 16, 2015

Review: Perdita by Hilary Scharper

by Hilary Scharper

Publisher: Touchstone
Pages: 425
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Will love let her go?

After a love affair that ends in tragedy, Garth Hellyer throws himself into his work for the Longevity Project, interviewing the oldest living people on the planet. But nothing has prepared him for Marged Brice, who claims to be a stunningly youthful 134. Marged says she wants to die, but can’t, held back by the presence of someone she calls Perdita.

Garth, despite his skepticism, is intrigued by Marged’s story, and agrees to read “her” journals of life in the late 1890s. Soon he’s enthralled by Marged’s story of love, loss, and myth in the tempestuous wilderness of the Bruce Peninsula. He enlists the help of his childhood friend Clare to help him make sense of the mystery.

As Garth and Clare unravel the truth of Marged and Perdita, they discover together just what love can mean when it never dies.

Kritters Thoughts:  Two stories are wrapped into one to make this book - 1. A professor, Garth, who is doing a longevity project and interviewing people who are living long and getting their stories, 2. Marged Brice who claims to be a 134 year old woman who isn't dying due to mysterious things; these two stories collide and make this interesting tale.  

I liked one part of the story more than the other and it was almost obvious from the beginning that I had a hard time reading the diary entries which were Marged's stories from the past.  I absolutely fell in love with Garth and his storyline; while I appreciated the not so subtle tie ins between the stories, I felt like Marged's diary entries were beyond wordie and just too much.  I think if there had been fewer entries and they had been more concise I would have liked it a little better, but I still would prefer Garth's story.

In the end, I am not sure that I caught everything in the story and I don't completely love that feeling.  I still felt like some of the things were still left unanswered.  My lack of Greek mythology may have kept me from completely getting it.

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2015 Challenge: 4 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from SourceBooks.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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