Skip to main content

The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve


If there's one word to describe Anita Shreve's stories, it would be fragile. There's a fragility pervading between its spaces and words. I was first introduced to her book, Fortune's Rocks, and fell in love with her prose.

The Pilot's Wife is almost a subdued contemporary echo of it even though this book came out first. It was mentioned by the author that these two titles actually share the same cottage setting, only divided by time. And while the rugged beauty of the beach side along with the drama affect the characters' consciousness in Fortune's Rocks, here, the place takes a backseat and rather Shreve brings to light more the emotional turmoil of a woman deep in grief and lost in her memories.

It is haunting, a bit cold and gray-ish in quality just like its cover image, I must say. Despite the mystery element of the story, hastening the pace of reading cuts off the charm of the book for it often insists to waylay the mind to be wrapped in fast nostalgia and remain lingeringly the same way as the heroine is doing.

More often than not, Shreve's writing is about staying in the moment, in the present thought. How whirls of emotions could drown out and seep us in, how pondering thoughts push our minds further to keep seeking truths and answers that never come. It is on this note that you always get torn with her books.

On this one, it starts slow and then falls too quickly. I can't help as well thinking of Olympia's old life while Kathryn walks around the present house which sometimes is a distraction. Some scenarios did not have much space to unfurl properly but I guess the author would prefer to keep the mystery in till the end and let our imaginations wander instead.

Summary:

Gripping new fiction by the author of The Weight of Water. Kathryn Lyons' life turns to chaos when her pilot husband was killed in a plane crash. As she struggles with her grief, Kathryn faces shocking revelations about the secrets a man can keep and the actions a woman is willing to take.

Title: The Pilot's Wife
Author: Anita Shreve
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery
Published: 2006 (first published 1998)
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Rating: ♨♨♨ (3 cups - Emotional and haunting.)

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Review Post: Fool Me Once by Catherine Bybee

Rating/Review: ☕☕☕☕ 1/2 (4.5 cups, this romantic suspense will give new meaning to The First Wives Club)
You never know what you really would be getting when reading a Catherine Bybee book.  On the outside, each book can definitely hold its own as a great contemporary romance novel.  Read a little bit further, you get well-defined, multilayered characters and a romantic suspense in the making. Pretty soon you will be amazed on the intricate storyline balanced well with the main characters developing romance.  Fool Me Once is definitely a Catherine Bybee book.  The first in her new series, First Wives,  Fool Me Once is also a spinoff from her popular Weekday Bride series.  And yet again, Ms. Bybee delivers in her great characters, well thought out plot and melding her two series together without one overpowering the other.
The story starts out as the head of Alliance and their legal go to person, Lori try to help one of their client who unexpectedly lost her husband.  To get her away …

Release Day: Bohemian by Kathryn Nolan

RATING/REVIEW: ☕☕☕☕ (4 cups of soothing, slow burn romance!)
Bohemian is a modern day love story about two very different people whose common love for the written word brings them together and in the end may drive them apart.  Lucia and Calvin never would have met in the same place except for the presence of The Mad Ones, an old fashioned bookstore found in the beautiful area of Big Sur.  Lucia is a supermodel, at the age of 26 what use to thrill her has been leaving her bored almost.  When a scheduled shoot in an old fashioned bookstore suddenly fans the flames of her love of reading she starts yearning for more.  Calvin inherited The Mad Ones from his beloved grandfather.  His grandfather's love of reading and his lifestyle has always brought joy to a young Calvin but he never really subscribed to that way of life.  When he meets Lucia he might have been starstruck for a bit.  What does a geeky nerd like him have in common with a beautiful woman like her.  When he finds out they …

Blog Tour: Ride With Me by Ashley Hastings: Review plus Giveaway!

RIDE WITH ME by Ashley HastingsPublication Date: April 5, 2018 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Rating/Review: ☕☕☕ 1/2 (3.5 cups of funny and sweet but sexy romance) Ride with Me pairs up a sexy cop and a sweet nerdy but adorable grad student who spend their time getting to know each other through a ridealong.  But first they had the most unique meet cute involving car chases!  Who can beat that?!  Lucy and Grayson may not appear to be compatible but in Ride with Me they definitely hit the right notes together. Sweet, short and funny, Ride with Me is a lighthearted read that would put a smile in any romance readers face.

BUY NOW!Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Jq6nsq(#FREE with #KindleUnlimited) Paperback: https://amzn.to/2EpsefW


SYNOPSIS:A bad boy cop and a straight-laced student are about to go on the ride of their lives… He’s the law, but she’s the one making the rules. Graduate student Lucy wants order and predictability in her life. She always has a list to consult and a plan to execute. Poli…