When I first saw this cover and title, without even reading the blurb I knew that I HAD to read this book! So I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for this beautifully haunting read, Maria in the Moon from Louise Beech. Thanks go to Anne randomthingsthroughmyletterboxat, Karen at Orenda Booksand, of course, Louise for writing the book, for inviting me to be a part of this tour.
What the blurb says:
Long ago my beloved Nanny Eve chose my name. Then one day she stopped calling me it. I try now to remember why, but I just can’t.’
Thirty-one-year-old Catherine Hope has a great memory. But she can’t remember everything. She can’t remember her ninth year. She can’t remember when her insomnia started. And she can’t remember why everyone stopped calling her Catherine-Maria. With a promiscuous past, and licking her wounds after a painful breakup, Catherine wonders why she resists anything approaching real love. But when she loses her home to the deluge of 2007 and volunteers at Flood Crisis, a devastating memory emerges … and changes everything. Dark, poignant and deeply moving, Maria in the Moon is an examination of the nature of memory and truth, and the defences we build to protect ourselves when we can no longer hide…
I had to start writing this review as soon as I’d put the book down, my emotions were running so high I just wanted to spill my guts somewhere and here is where they ended!
There is so much I want to tell you about “Maria in the Moon” but I’m not going to, the synopsis provided gives you all the information you need in relation to the storyline. This review is solely about how “Maria in the Moon” made me feel, how it punched me right in the gut and wormed its way into my heart.
Maria in the Moon is not my usual fast-paced, high body count, psychological thriller read but it is a read that will be forever engrained in my heart.
Catherine Maria tells us her story throughout the book, I could see her on every page, envisage the scenes described, smell the smells, taste the tastes and experience the pain that she does. I don’t think I have ever read anything that has grabbed me so emotionally before – I actually felt as though I was in the book beside her, I felt as though she was sat next to me on the couch telling me her story; Catherine Maria is real, she is a girl/woman who exists out there in our everyday life; her story is real as is the pain.
It’s a book about terrible things that happened; it’s a book about our lives, our memories, the things we bury deep inside of us and what happens when those memories break free. It is a book about families and relationships, it’s a book about death and dying about love and betrayal and the walls we build to protect ourselves and the collapse of those walls when the memories come flooding back.
Maria in the Moon is a hauntingly sad, yet beautiful book; the emotion drips from every word that the author has penned; I could almost hear her read the words as she wrote them, see the tears fall as the words spill onto the sheet. Pick this book up, grab yourself a blanket, some tissues and a spare 24 hours because once you open the pages you are going to be spellbound.
It’s a cliché but if you read one book this year then please make it this one.
Louise Beech remembers sitting in her father’s cross-legged lap while he tried to show her his guitar’s chords. He’s a musician. Her small fingers stumbled and gave up. She was three. His music sheets fascinated her – such strange language that translated into music. Her mother teaches languages, French and English, so her fluency with words fired Louise’s interest. She knew from being small that she wanted to write, to create, to make magic.
She loves all forms of writing. Her short stories have won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works Competition, as well as shortlisting twice for the Bridport Prize and being published in a variety of UK magazines. Her first play, Afloat, was performed at Hull Truck Theatre in 2012. She also wrote a ten-year newspaper column for the Hull Daily Mail about being a parent, garnering love/hate criticism. Her debut novel was a Guardian Readers’ pick for 2015.
She is inspired by life, history, survival, and love, and always has a story in her head. Her debut novel, How to be Brave, came from truth – when Louise’s daughter got Type 1 Diabetes she helped her cope by sharing her grandad’s real life sea survival story. Her second novel, The Mountain in my Shoe, will be released in September 2016 and was inspired by her time working with children in the care system.
When she was fifteen Louise bet her mother ten pounds she’d be published by the time she was thirty. She missed this self-set deadline by two months. Her mother is still waiting for the money.
Link to my website – http://louisebeech.co.uk/
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