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The particular appeal of Gillian Pugsley : a love story, Susan Örnbratt

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The particular appeal of Gillian Pugsley : a love story
Title
The particular appeal of Gillian Pugsley
Title remainder
a love story
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Susan Örnbratt
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eng
Summary
"From the shores of The Great Lakes to the slums of Bombay and a tiny island in between, this love story takes the reader on an intimate journey to unravel a family secret that's laid hidden for generations. To satisfy her wandering feet, eighteen-year-old Gillian McAllister is sent from Ireland to Canada in the summer of 1932. She arrives with her Irish ways intact, determined not to let the wiles of crop duster Christian Hunter woo her into submission. Yet as the summer unfolds and the sweet taste of love grows, Gillian's appeal lures more than she anticipates, shattering the life they've built. Fourteen years, a Great Depression, and a World War later, Christian sets out to discover why Gillian was ripped from his life. What he discovers on the Isle of Man will change them both forever. Not even a thatched cottage by the sea, a spritely Gillian, or memories sprinkled on a page can mask the secret that has been buried for too long. But it isn't until a set of poems is given to Gillian's granddaughter that the real mystery-Gillian's true secret-is freed."--
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A brief young love and its impact nearly 60 years later are at the core of Örnbratt's debut.Gillian Pugsley (nee McAllister) is a free-spirited and adventurous young woman in the early 1930s. From her childhood home in Longford, Ireland, she is sent to London by her father to live with her sister and later find employment. From there, she becomes nanny for Shashi and Samir, the children of Indian royalty, but when they ask her to follow them back to India, her father balks and instead sends her across the Atlantic to live with relatives in Canada. There, she meets the handsome and charming Christian Hunter and embarks on a love story that will consume her for the rest of her life. The narrative hinges on secrets that Gillian keeps from her family and the reader while dangling hints of their magnitude throughout the novel. The main question at the onset circles around her abrupt departure from Canada after spending a blissful, romantic summer with Christian. The story jumps through time, showing the perspectives of Gillian, her granddaughter, Gilly, and Christian. Gillian asks Gilly to piece together her life story in the form of a novel, giving her a trove of notes, letters and original poetry, but when Gilly comes back to consult the source, Gillian is quiet. While Gillian's character is memorable—feisty, unexpected and a lover of language—those around her are bland in comparison, absorbing Gillian's characteristics rather than standing firm in their own rights. It's the secondary love stories that mark Gillian's life—her relationship with her granddaughter, her long-distance friendship with Shashi—that make the novel fresh. The obsession with, and constant reminder of, all that Gillian is withholding muddies what might otherwise be a charming and evocative love story.(Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2015)
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10411913
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Örnbratt, Susan
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[Fic]
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no index present
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novels
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  • Family secrets
  • Poetry
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The particular appeal of Gillian Pugsley : a love story, Susan Örnbratt
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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1088886
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
329 pages
Isbn
9781611531114
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(trade)
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9781611531114
  • (OCoLC)900880551
Label
The particular appeal of Gillian Pugsley : a love story, Susan Örnbratt
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1088886
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
329 pages
Isbn
9781611531114
Isbn Type
(trade)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781611531114
  • (OCoLC)900880551

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