Year 6, Book 13

13. The Hand that First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell
I received this book as a Christmas gift from my sister-in-law and brother-in-law. I have to say that they wind up giving me the worst books. In their defense every book they buy for me is off my Amazon wishlist, so really it’s sort of my fault. But without fail they seem to find the most awful books that I myself have at one point or another thought I might want to read to give to me. This book was no exception to that rule. The story takes place in London with alternating chapters focusing on the characters of Lexie who is living in the 1960s and in present times Elina and Ted who have just given birth to their first son. For most of the book there is no apparently connection between the two stories, although you expect that eventually there must be one. I figured it out about halfway through and then felt compelled to keep reading to find out if I was right and how it actually happened. Mostly I just found the book boring and tiresome and full of characters I didn’t really care about. I give it a 3 out of 10.

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