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  1. The Hand That First Held Mine
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  2. The Hand That First Held Mine

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Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) I have not read Maggie O'Farrell's work before, but I certainly will retrieve her prior novels with the hope of discovering similar strong characterizations and taut plots.

This story develops when Alexandra Sinclair, renamed Lexie by the love of her life, Innes Kent, leaves her traditional family and moves to London. The setting is Bohemian post war London in the 1950's when most women lived with their families or boarding houses for women only. Lexie is unconventional; she is ahead of her time, she is independent, passionate and wants to carve a niche for herself. With the help and high powered love of Innes, she becomes knowledgeable about art and turns herself into a credible reporter. She works hard in this Soho art scene and is rewarded with like-minded friends. Tragedy befalls her and eventually she ends up an "unwed" mother out of choice. Throughout her travails, she holds onto her passion for Innes and confidence in herself as a mother and journalist... Read more
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) I was really looking forward to this read. Reviewed in the New York Times, Amazon Book of the Month. And what a terrific title and great cover!

This parallel story, one of a woman in 1950s London and another woman in present-day London, sounded intriguing. And it starts off strongly with the character of Lexie, a headstrong country girl who moves to London on a whim. The author creates a terrific character in Lexie, and in the first man she attaches herself to, Innes Kent.

But Elina's story starts so slowly and oddly that I quickly lost interest. A woman who doesn't remember having a baby? Post-partum depression, sure, but isn't this a wee bit over the top?

But to give it a good try, I decided just to follow Lexie's story first and then come back to Elina. Even reading Lexie's story straight through, skipping every other chapter, I started to lose interest in her. The men in her life begin to mount -- Innes, Felix, Robert -- until I lost track. No one... Read more
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) "The Hand that First Held Mine". It feels as if a hand has taken yours as you start reading. As if you are being gently led into a new world. You are directed where to look, introduced to people as they enter the story. Given help as you adjust to this new place...are birthed into this book.

I liked this narrative tool - like the scene direction that the reader is given by the author. It gives a certain texture to the words that made the actions even more visual, a movie that unfolds before us...or rewinds in front of our eyes.

"But this is anticipating. The film needs to be rewound a little. Watch. Innes sucks in a nimbus of smoke, lifts a cigarette stub from the ashtray, he appears to envelop Lexie in a shirt and push her across the room, the pillows jump onto the bed, Lexie zooms backwards towards the window."

I was a bit unsure where this book was going...who the focus of the book would be. What the focus would be. Was this a story about... Read more
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