Thursday, July 24, 2014
Haunted by the Ghost of Your Love: "The Barter" by Siobhan Adcock
The Barter also tells the story of Rebecca Mueller, a century ago. Rebecca was the beautiful, smart well loved daughter of a local physician whose spinster cousin, Frau Adeline, helps to raise her. Frau was an adept story-teller, adept especially at stories about Rebecca's beautiful mother who died young. Rebecca marries a man she has known since childhood, a kind, handsome farmer. Theirs should have been a happy ending. Instead, it is a story of mistakes and misunderstandings that cannot be undone. What is the connection between these two women who live their lives a hundred years apart? You will have to get a copy and see.
Ms. Adcock is an adept storyteller, herself, an author who makes you care about her characters and fear for them. She has written a book that manages to be both a charming insight into motherhood and a chilling ghost story. It is a book that will keep you up reading until the last page. There's no higher compliment.
And... not that this has anything to do with this book specifically, but I love this song and it seems apropos: