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Friday, November 22, 2019

Read The World - Barbados - The Girl With The Hazel Eyes

Book: The Girl With The Hazel Eyes
Author: Callie Browning
Pages: 253
Book takes place in the country: YES
Author is from the country: YES
I have visited: NO

This is my 145th book for the year.

I have been to the Caribbean - a few times.  But Barbados is not an island I have had the pleasure to explore yet.  I look forward to a return trip and adding it to my itinerary.

Susan Taylor is a recluse author who had to leave Barbados for the United States after she writes a novel that is a whistle blower on people running the new Barbados government in the 1960s.  After 50 years, she thinks it is time to write her memoirs, so she hires a girl named Cordelia from Barbados to pen it for her.  Cordelia agrees because she needs the money, so she flies to Susan's house in Florida to spend the next few months listening to Susan's life story.  Susan has a tough skin and is off putting to Cordelia when they first meet.  But over time, Susan softens, and Cordelia begins to enjoy their sessions together.  As the story of Susan's life unravels, secrets are revealed, and Cordelia finds that she has more qusetions than answers.  She is bound to get to the bottom of who Susan really is before she writes this book.

This book was.....fine.  I didn't hate it but I didn't love it.  It isn't well written.  The characters are not really likable.  The ending felt very rushed - the "surprise" not all that surprising.  It was a short book, and I wonder if the author would have taken more time to develop the characters if it would have flowed better and been a better read.

I will keep it my Barbados book for now, but may be on the lookout for another in the future.

Stars: 3

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