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The Particular Appeal of Gillian Pugsley From The Shores Of The Great Lakes To The Slums Of Bombay And A Tiny Island In Between, This Love Story Takes The Reader On An Intimate Journey To Unravel A Family Secret That S Lain Hidden For Generations To Satisfy Her Wandering Feet, Eighteen Year Old Gillian McAllister Is Sent From Ireland To Canada In The Summer Of She Arrives With Her Irish Ways Intact, Determined Not To Let The Wiles Of Crop Duster Christian Hunter Woo Her Into Submission Yet As The Summer Unfolds And The Sweet Taste Of Love Grows, Gillian S Appeal Lures Than She Anticipates, Shattering The Life They Ve Built Fourteen Years, A Great Depression, And A World War Later, Christian Sets Out To Discover Why Gillian Was Ripped From His Life What He Discovers On The Isle Of Man Will Change Them Both Forever Not Even A Thatched Cottage By The Sea, A Spritely Gillian, Or Memories Sprinkled On A Page Can Mask The Secret That Has Been Buried For Too Long But It Isn T Until A Set Of Poems Is Given To Gillian S Granddaughter That The Real Mystery Gillian S True Secret Is Freed


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    A special thank you to Light Messages Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest reviewTop Books of 2015 THE PARTICULAR APPEAL OF GILLIAN PUGSLEY by Susan Ornbratt, an unveiling, a mystery of one woman s past a beautiful love story, a journey across time, oceans, and war written with stunning imagery and poetic prose, for a mesmerizing timeless work of art From the shores of The Great Lakes to the slums of Bombay and a tiny island in between, this love story takes the re A special thank you to Light Messages Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest reviewTop Books of 2015 THE PARTICULAR APPEAL OF GILLIAN PUGSLEY by Susan Ornbratt, an unveiling, a mystery of one woman s past a beautiful love story, a journey across time, oceans, and war written with stunning imagery and poetic prose, for a mesmerizing timeless work of art From the shores of The Great Lakes to the slums of Bombay and a tiny island in between, this love story takes the reader on an intimate journey to unravel a family secret that s lain hidden for generations.Set in the 1930s, free spirited, independent, and adventurous Gillian Pugsley Gilly leaves Ireland for London to live with her sister, Beaty She becomes a nanny to Shashi and Samir, the children of Indian royalty at the Wentworth Estates The family and the children fall in love with her and extend her tenure by inviting her to return with them to India She is excited, the adventurous girl, wanting to capture life to the fullest However, her father does not wish for her to join them and sends her to live with relatives in CanadaWhile in Canada, at age eighteen, Gilly meets Christian, a romantic love relationship of two young people for one memorable magical summer When she abruptly returns to Ireland, she leaves behind only a letter Through the war and storms of life, Christian never forgets his Gilly, nor does Gilly forget her first love Presently in 2003, Gillian is eighty nine years old, and dying of cancer She has decided it is time to share her story with her granddaughter, her name sake, the writer Flashing back to 1931 when Gillian was seventeen, far from home in Ireland, visiting her sister Beaty, in London, England, dreaming of Mr Right, to 1932 when she meets Christian in Canada Flashing back and forth from 1932 to 1946 when Christian travels across the ocean determined to find Gilly He longs for answers, to know she is happy Why did she leave So much has happened through these years apart They are different people His long lost love, after fourteen years, including a Depression and a World War, he is desperate to find her When they finally meet again, could it be too late to recapture their lost time, or will there bond be even stronger There was a reason she left but she could not tell Christian, she wanted to protect him which becomes a mystery throughout the book and only unveiled toward the end, as all the pieces of puzzle come together A poignant love story of not only the romance between of Christian and Gilly expanding to the magnetic friendship between mentor Gillian and young Shashi from afar through powerful letters and words of the heart two women from vastly different cultures appreciating similar interests and the loving close family relationship between Gilly and her granddaughter.Inspired by the author s own grandmother s writings and gift of poems, given to her similar to the fictional account of the novel, for a captivating, and bittersweet story You will find yourself bookmarking numerous pages from the charming keepsakes, telegrams, beautiful poems, and letters, reminiscent of a simpler time. Would encourage readers to view The Book Trailer , nicely done, a great intro to this spellbinding tale A cross between authors, Jo Jo Moyes, Kate Morton, Nicholas Sparks, and Kristin HannahFans of historical, literary, romance, suspense, mystery, and women s fiction are assured to fall in love with this special love story and characters you will not soon forget An exceptional debut One of the best historical fiction and romance novels of the year, and predict a bestsellerLooking forward tofrom this exciting newfound author, Susan Ornbratt. Judith D Collins Must Read Books


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    The Particular Appeal of Gillian PugsleyBy Susan OrnbrattThe premise of this book attracted me a story of lost love, a multi generational secret I opened the first page and felt relief with the recognition that I was in the good hands of a good writer The story begins in 2003 a grandmother has been diagnosed with cancer that will surely take her life But she has a story and secrets to tell before she dies and a granddaughter, also Gilly who is a writer So Gillian begins to reveal this The Particular Appeal of Gillian PugsleyBy Susan OrnbrattThe premise of this book attracted me a story of lost love, a multi generational secret I opened the first page and felt relief with the recognition that I was in the good hands of a good writer The story begins in 2003 a grandmother has been diagnosed with cancer that will surely take her life But she has a story and secrets to tell before she dies and a granddaughter, also Gilly who is a writer So Gillian begins to reveal this story to her granddaughter and to the reader.As the story flashes back from 1932 the summer of love between Christian Gillian , 1946 the year Christian travels to answer why she left him and 2003 the year of the cancer , Gillian gives her granddaughter hints, poems and final reflections about her story.The storytelling in the first half of the book did not feel urgent or compelling enough to me the authentic language was reserved and polite in the true manner of the English although Gillian is Irish or perhaps in the linguistic style of the the era Here is an old woman at the end of her life who seems overall, to be content with the choices she has made and wistfully glances back at the memory of her former lover She has married and made a family with the village doctor and has loved himaffectionately than passionately We already know how it s all turned out, so why are we reading Okay, I ll hang on if you can get to the part about why she left him after their summer of love Maybe it will pick up then As a writer I wondered if this book could have been told from a different pov to give iturgency, to take the reader through the story and important character development that set the reader up for the final pay off That the story was cut up in flashbacks I felt weakened it as a writer I have often considered this way of telling a story, but as a reader I build my interest and emotional commitment to a story the deeper I get into it Sometimes this tactic works, if each section can be longer and holdanswers, but here it annoyed me as I just wanted to get to the story that was building And just as it was building to a point of interest, I was cut off The next chapter usually began too casually, with the loss of tension that had been building in the previous chapter chatty letters from her sister or her friend, or even a wistful conversation with her granddaughter That there were details and emotional content in letters, poems and excerpts did not affect me at all because of this But I stayed with it One by one the details began to emerge and as I was giveninformation rather than teased by lack of it , I becameengaged There wasdiscovery at the end as granddaughter Gilly had to put the pieces together about what ultimately happened to her grandmother on the Isle of Man Finally, I was in tears, totally taken over by the richness and layering of this universal story, a story that reflected gently yet poignantly on the human condition of loving and living and aging and dying This wasn t just a love story between lovers it was a love story between a grandmother and her granddaughter between sisters between friends It made me think of my grandmother and how she wrote her story before she died The artifacts poems, letters, photographs, a watch came to life at this point as I reflected on the letters and trinkets my mother left me before she died and realize the secrets they hold Ultimately, I was profoundly moved that this was inspired by a true story the author and her grandmother it reminded me that I ve got to start writing my own stories In the end, the only way to communicate with those who follow us is to write Congratulations, Susan Ornbratt I feel I know you


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    Readers will find themselves borrowingthan one of the witty Gillianisms that Susan Ornbratt dreams up in this beautifully written, evocative love story.


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    The book with the long title, don t let that scare you off like it almost did me The cover is what grabbed my attention and the blurb just glitched it A weird quirk of mine is location When I saw Bruce Peninsula, the Great Lakes and Tobermory I was sold, these are my stomping grounds Gillian spent the next several days trying to imagine why on earth Daddy would want her to go to Canada of all places She needed to let the idea soak in Honestly, she was furious with the man India sounded so The book with the long title, don t let that scare you off like it almost did me The cover is what grabbed my attention and the blurb just glitched it A weird quirk of mine is location When I saw Bruce Peninsula, the Great Lakes and Tobermory I was sold, these are my stomping grounds Gillian spent the next several days trying to imagine why on earth Daddy would want her to go to Canada of all places She needed to let the idea soak in Honestly, she was furious with the man India sounded so exotic all those spices Canada sounded, well wild.With such a great setting my expectations rose somewhat I really hate putting pressure like that on any author, beautiful setting must equal beautiful story, right.Did Susan Ornbratt rise to the occasion Of course she did, The Particular Appeal of Gillian Pugsley was an absolute pleasure to read The authors writing style made it extremely easy to get lost in this story Told in various time periods this reader had no problem connecting with Gillian First introduced when she is 89 years old 2003 , then she takes us back to 1931 and then 1946 Gillian is such a likeable character, she is adventurous, open minded and genuine First she is a nanny for a family from India, then off to the wilds of Canada Her relationship with her sister and father was played out nicely, the bantering between them added much to this story I loved the strong bond between Gillian and her granddaughter, Gilly who is tasked with writing her story was the finishing touch this story needed The plot was intriguing, kept me on my toes There is much going on here, a beautiful love story, mystery, trauma of WW II andWith vivid descriptive prose it wasn t hard to picture scenery and the added poems was a unique idea and enhanced this story nicely While the story weaves back and forth in time, as well as alternating POV s it wasn t hard to get totally invested in this book It s such a strange phenomenon with writers, the way a story starts to breathe life, the way the characters become real, the way a writer becomes a servant to the story as much as its creator This is Susan Ornbratt s debut, reminiscent of Kate Morton and Susanna Kearsley, I highly recommend.This and other reviews can be found at justonechapter.com


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    Rating 3.5It s such a strange phenomenon with writers, the way a story starts to breathe life, the way the characters become real, the way a writer becomes a servant to the story as much as its creator.A grandmother and a granddaughter relationship can have a life of its own Such is the case in this descriptive witty prose of Gillian and Gilly Gillian is sharing her life to her granddaughter who is a writer thru her poems of her time during the war and her life in the Great Lakes area of Canad Rating 3.5It s such a strange phenomenon with writers, the way a story starts to breathe life, the way the characters become real, the way a writer becomes a servant to the story as much as its creator.A grandmother and a granddaughter relationship can have a life of its own Such is the case in this descriptive witty prose of Gillian and Gilly Gillian is sharing her life to her granddaughter who is a writer thru her poems of her time during the war and her life in the Great Lakes area of Canada During a time that is volatile and the future is unsure Gillian has a long lost love in Christian whom at first sight was connection for both of them They have a sparring that is fun and witty between them The attraction between them is not just physical but redeeming in that they feed on each other s strength However, their world pulls them apart and 14 years later Christian cannot get Gillian out of his mind and goes in search for her How will find her Will she feel the same way after 14 years and the after math of war The narration is done in several ways Thru letters between Gillian and a former employer s daughter whom she was a nannie for, and her older sister as she shares her life with the doubts and trials that come with it The letter writing between child and nannie was a little odd for me as she was sharing her feelings for Christian which was somewhat unconventional between a child under 10 and young woman in her 20 s Shashi however, gives her wisdom and footing in Gillian s doubts.Time is another aspect of the narration as you are drawn to the present with Gillian and her granddaughter Gilly and back to the past Gillian knows her time is short and desires that her granddaughter discovers the mystery of what happened with Christian and the love that they shared thru Gillian s poems and a visit to her cottage where Christian and Gillian were reunited As I am writing this review, it dawns on me that this is a love story that is timeless as it is endless A special thank you to Light Messages Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review


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    A tarnished silver pocket watch, a packet of letters and poems and a newspaper clipping are all clues that tell the tender love story of two lovers, the unbreakable connection between a grandmother and granddaughter, the feisty friendship between two sisters, a true friendship over the oceans and the love between a father and his daughter The Particular Appeal of Gillian Pugsley is one of those rare stories that wraps around you and stays with you long after you ve finished reading it The humo A tarnished silver pocket watch, a packet of letters and poems and a newspaper clipping are all clues that tell the tender love story of two lovers, the unbreakable connection between a grandmother and granddaughter, the feisty friendship between two sisters, a true friendship over the oceans and the love between a father and his daughter The Particular Appeal of Gillian Pugsley is one of those rare stories that wraps around you and stays with you long after you ve finished reading it The humour, wit and exquisite writing keep you smiling, laughing and crying There were so many amusing and quirky expressions, while the poetry was very touching.This is definitely a keeper


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    Compelling it s what came first to mind Beautifully told love story evoking all my interest in a powerful irresistible way Enjoyed this authors writing style, her use of words, the poems, the way she invites you and introduces you with the characters She just gives you that urge to knowBeautifully done Lucky to come across this lovely novel, thanks Netgalley and Light Messages Publishing for gifting me a copy of The Particular Appeal of Gillian Pugsley


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    NetGalley ARC.I rather enjoyed this sweeping, tragic romance Told in alternate times of 1932, 1946, and 2003, you slowly get pieces of a beautiful story about a woman who fell in love with a man and became separated but were able to find each other again years later It was a sweet, sad love story and the poems were beautiful.


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    Gillian Pugsley had always had a special bond with her granddaughter They were similar in so many ways but in this story the really important similarity between them was to do with their love of words Gilly turned to words when, as an adult, she became an author But even when Gilly was a small girl Gillian nurtured her with her storytelling and personal anecdotal stories So it seemed perfectly natural that Gillian would entrust her granddaughter with her poetry and ask her to write her deb Gillian Pugsley had always had a special bond with her granddaughter They were similar in so many ways but in this story the really important similarity between them was to do with their love of words Gilly turned to words when, as an adult, she became an author But even when Gilly was a small girl Gillian nurtured her with her storytelling and personal anecdotal stories So it seemed perfectly natural that Gillian would entrust her granddaughter with her poetry and ask her to write her debut novel using Gillian s poetry as a springboard to tell the story of Gillian Pugsley.Gillian Pugsley had led a very full and interesting life, starting as one of seven siblings living in Ireland As she grew up she moved to London where her sister lived and became the nanny of two spirited and delightful Indian children Shashi and Samir When their father decided to return home to Bombay, Gillian travelled to Canada to spend an idyllic summer amongst the forests and grasslands with relatives It was there that she met the love of her life Christian Hunter But at the end of that one fabulous summer she returned alone to her father in Ireland briefly before rejoining her sister in London During World War 11 she helped out with the war effort before settling in the Isle of Man.It was there that Christian Hunter tracked down Gillian He had a burning desire to find out the truth of why Gillian had deserted him well over a decade earlier This is the story Gillian finally gifted to Gilly when she knew the time was right she had a terminal illness and at last the truth must be set free She trusted Gilly to tell her story for the very first time a story of love and loss and a secret kept hidden.Spanning the generations and miles this story was planned with care, laying down the clues one by one to a powerful and rewarding finale It took a substantial time for me to get a real feel for Gillian s story but never once did I suspect how it would end up It was very much a story of two unequal parts, but I really enjoyed the second, smaller of the parts, that led to Gillian s surprising revelation I liked the chapter endings where Gillian s poetry was used to good effect to encapsulate her feelings I was really touched by the appealing and close relationship between Gillian and her small Indian charge Shashi, told mainly through their letters sent across the miles Letters and sometimes telegrams between the main characters were also a good idea as a means of moving the story forward and giving it authenticity.I would like to thank Netgalley and Light Messages Publishing for my copy of The Particular Appeal of Gillian Pugsley in return for an honest review


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    This book drew me in because of location Not many books set on the Isle of Man and since it also included the Great Lakes, I was hooked A multigenerational love story with some twists and turns The main character Gillian is quirky and puts me in mind of Anne of Green Gables A thoroughly enjoyable book.


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