A mother’s gift of a bonding road trip to her child


The Lauras by Sara Taylor

Book Review:  4 out of 5 star rating

13-year-old Alex’s mother is getting restless and tired of the endless arguments with Alex’s father. When she decides to take a road trip into her past, she takes Alex with her.  As they travel together, the mother begins to share stories of her past.  This is the first time that Alex feels the start of knowing anything about her.

I was very impressed by this author’s use of language in her first novel, “The Shore”, for which she won the Baileys Women’s Prize. She has again impressed me with her newest book, although I don’t feel it was quite as good as her first.  That’s not to say that I don’t recommend it because I most definitely do recommend it.  I just enjoyed the subject matter of “The Shore” a bit more.  The author is very talented.  This book is basically just a trip through the mother’s past that she opens up to her child as she tries to set right some past wrongs, visit old friends and find some healing.  While there’s not a very complicated plot, the author makes it such an interesting read.  I felt like I was sitting in the back seat and taking this road trip right along with them.

There was an interesting take on Alex. Alex could be a boy or Alex could be a girl.  Alex isn’t telling.  Alex doesn’t believe in gender and hasn’t quite decided which direction he/she will be headed.  The sexual awakening of this young person is handled in a very realistic manner and yet quite sensitively.

Here’s an example of one of the literary finds in this book, though keep in mind that I read an ARC of the book and this may be changed in the final edition. “We were caught on the thin, hungry edge of the morning, before the sun sliced itself open on the horizon and bled out across the sky.”  I really enjoy the writing style of this author and am already looking forward to her next book, which I hope will be soon.


This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review.

Well deserving of its Baileys Women’s prize nomination


The Shore by Sara Taylor

Book Review:  5 out of 5 stars

This book took me on such an adventurous, unique journey – I truly loved it.  The book is set up with separate chapters depicting characters and time frames, all interrelated to each other, spanning the years from 1876 through 2143.  Yes, that’s right – 2143!!  I almost feel that I should review each and every chapter to give a complete review as each is a story in its own right, some being better than others.  I will say that the first chapters packs such a wallop that I know after reading it, you won’t be able to stop.

First, there’s the Shore, a group of three islands in the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia.  Complete with wild ponies and oyster-shell roads, beautiful beaches and worn-down houses, it’s a fascinating place indeed.  But not half as fascinating as the characters this author has created.  The descendants of Andrew Day and Medora Slater are numerous and their stories are spellbinding.  I often referred to the family tree that’s included at the beginning of the book and was glad that I was reading a hardcover edition rather than an e-book so I could keep referring back to it.  It helped me keep straight who was who.  Though it’s not totally necessary and I didn’t find the book confusing in that regard.  I just liked to see who was descended from whom.

Ms. Taylor has created such a unique, unforgettable world that, while I don’t often re-read books I’ve already read, I may pick this one up again one day to experience it all over again.  This book has it all – mystery, intrigue, love, heart break, joy and even some black magic.  An author who can start out this strong is certainly one that will bear watching closely.

Highly recommended.

I was given a copy of this book by Blogging for Books in return for an honest review.