ROSA’S PAST IS HER PANDORA’S BOX, AND THE LID IS ABOUT TO BE LIFTED …
‘If you lie down with dogs you’ll rise with fleas’ – Irish Proverb
Rosa Sorenson’s conversation was often peppered with sayings from her homeland. It was these conversational clangers that gave her daughter Kitty the only clue as to a childhood her mother refused to speak of. When she passes away suddenly, Kitty is resigned to never knowing the girl her mother once was. Then out of the blue she receives an invitation that will take her on a journey into the past Rosa never shared with her.
Renowned photographer, Christian Beauvau has been commissioned to recreate the iconic print, Midsummer Lovers the shot that made him famous fifty years ago. It’s the first Kitty has heard of the photograph and she’s amazed to learn it features her mother as a young woman alongside a man called Michael in the Provencal town of Uzes, France. Together with Michael’s nephew she has been invited to pose for the anniversary shot. Leaving her fledgling London cupcake business in the hands of her flatmate and her ex Damien, who has been sniffing back around, she accepts. In doing so, she will find more than she ever imagined.
The Traveller’s Daughter is a tale to lose yourself in. It’s a story of redemption and love told with Michelle Vernal’s trademark warmth and humour.
Review: The Traveller’s Daughter was one of those books that helps me to remember why I love books so much. This was a great read from beginning to end. The concept of rediscovering your own history, and maybe finding yourself along the way is one I connected with immediately.
Kitty is a character I initially struggled to feel like I really knew, but by the end of the book I wanted to be her best friend. Her journey in learning about her mother’s history, uncovering a few secrets along the way, was beyond memorable. We also got a look into Rosa’s life before she died, and seeing the contrast between mother and daughter was especially touching. Really, all of these characters were absolutely wonderful.