Mrs Sinclair's Suitcase

Mrs Sinclair's Suitcase

Book - 2014
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Forgive me, Dorothea, for I cannot forgive you. What you do, to this child, to this child's mother, it is wrong...Roberta likes to collect the letters and postcards she finds in second-hand books. When her father gives her some of her grandmother's belongings, she finds a baffling letter from the grandfather she never knew - dated after he supposedly died in the war. Dorothy is unhappily married to Albert, who is away at war. When an aeroplane crashes in the field behind her house she meets Squadron Leader Jan Pietrykowski, and as their bond deepens she dares to hope she might find happiness. But fate has other plans for them both, and soon she is hiding a secret so momentous that its shockwaves will touch her granddaughter many years later...
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, London : 2014
ISBN: 9781444777420
Branch Call Number: AF WALT

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AL_KATI Feb 28, 2017

Forbidden love? Sign me up--I definitely had a cathartic cry with this novel.

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EileenDrew
Feb 13, 2016

The bones of this story is very good and interesting. I would give the book a better rating if much of the personal dialogue was removed. I skipped over the sections of long personal dialogue which dragged an interesting story into a tedious one.

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cknightkc
Jan 17, 2016

For me, MRS. SINCLAIR’S SUITCASE was a pleasant enough read that did not quite reach its potential. It tackles several issues, including motherhood, family secrets, love, loss, and friendship. Set in England, the novel’s dual storylines alternate between present-day Roberta and her paternal grandmother, Dorothy, during WWII. These plot lines seemed unevenly developed and I found grandmother Dorothy’s the more interesting of the two. As an avid reader, I enjoyed the Old and New Bookshop (where Roberta works) and the idea of finding old letters, photos, postcards and other memorabilia hidden inside books. MRS. SINCLAIR’S SUITCASE is more a character study than an action novel, but because I never really connected or became emotionally involved with either protagonist, this debut work by Louise Walters, while good, ultimately missed the mark.

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greenacres
Jan 10, 2016

A bit slow at first but I wanted to find out what happened to Mrs. S. A few surprises along the way. I'm glad I finished. I would love to see what BBC could do with this.

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1_Great_Book
Sep 08, 2015

Delightful. Just believable. It couldn't happen today, but possibly still in the 1940's, when paperwork and records were interrupted with wartime. I thought Roberta was really a bit dense at times - I mean really!

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