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‘Sandlands’ By Rosy Thornton


First Story – ‘THE WHITE DOE

The first visitation occurred in January, very early one morning.

They came from the Seven-acre, which still bristled with the ruined stalks of last year’s barley, up the grass bank and through the patch of scrubby fruit trees that Fran’s mother had referred to as ‘the orchard’, before joining the track beyond the cottage and heading out to cross the road and regain the woods. In summer, the deer rarely ventured out beyond the cover of the woodland, sticking to the secret, shady places to raise their dappled young. But in the winter months, hard ground and sparse fodder forced them out into wider orbits, crossing field and farmland along well-trodden pathways – the same old ways followed, no doubt, by their mothers and grandmothers.

At the top of the bank, each animal in turn crested the ridge with an identical movement, half lurch and half leap, head lowered and withers high. Five of them, six, eight, dark shapes on a pale canvas, and then there she was towards the back, not much more than a gap in the line, a movement, a reflection. There was a low mist, and in the bleached half-light of the winter predawn she was almost invisible, white upon white …

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    • Hi Sherry,

      “Through the landscape and its creatures, the past is linked to the present, and generations of lives are intertwined.”

      This description is as the author has presented the premise of this very unique set of short stories.

      ‘Sandlands’ probably isn’t a book I would have bought for myself, however the cover is so arresting and the premise so captivating, that I am totally taken in and can’t wait for it to reach the top of my TBR pile!

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend 🙂

  • Ooo, I remember this cover! (love it!) I had to look back at your earlier post to refresh myself on the premise and, checking my wish list at Amazon, see that I’ve already added it there. I could get the Kindle now, but the paperback is a pre-order item here. I almost feel like I’d want that one in real form so I could admire the cover. 🙂

    I began ‘The Second Summer of the Sisterhood’ by Ann Brashares last night. (book 2 in the series) Here are the opening lines from the Prologue: “Once there were four girls who shared a pair of pants. The girls were all different sizes and shapes, and yet the pants fit each of them. You may think this is a suburban myth. But I know it’s true, because I am one of them – one of the sisters of the Traveling Pants. We discovered their magic last summer, purely by accident.”

    • Hi Kelly,

      I must admit that I don’t always start reading a book straightaway, that I have shared on ‘Book Beginnings’ and ‘Sandlands’ is an example in point. However the cover is stunning and from the few pages I have randomly scanned, the stories do sound very alluring and evocative, so I am looking forward to reading a genre and premise unlike any I have tried before 🙂
      I do like the concept of the ‘Traveling Pants’, however I don’t think that this is a series I could really engage with, it all sounds a bit too teen focused, verging on chick lit, for my taste. Having said that, perhaps now that the girls have matured and become adults, the storyline will have adjusted accordingly.

      I hope that the ladies of your reading group enjoy the latest book, even though they probably won’t have the same advantage as you, in having the previous books in the series to set the scene 🙂

    • Hi Stacey,

      Thanks for stopping by Fiction Books this week. I enjoy meeting new people and always value visits, comments and feedback.

      I am not a big fan of short story collections, but having previously read and enjoyed ‘The Tapestry Of Love’, a full length novel by the same author, I am confident enough in her writing style and story telling, to believe that ‘Sandlands’ is going to be well worth the read 🙂

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