The Goldfinch ~ By Donna Tartt – Bee Readin'

The Goldfinch ~ By Donna Tartt

The Hidden Women by Kerry Barrett is a historical novel that goes between present day 2018 and back to the war in 1944. The story delves into the history of the women who flew for the ATA in Britain and family secrets one woman hoped would never be uncovered.

I was pulled into this novel immediately. First I love historic novels, second, I am incredibly curious and thirdly, I am deep into genealogy, so discovering family stories really intrigues me.

The book starts in present day London 2018. Helena Miles is a young single mom who loves digging into the past and it is also her job. She works as a researcher for a hit television show “Where Do You Come From”?, and her work has her dealing with mainly celebrity families. When the handsome superstar Jack Jones blows into her life, Helena will put on a path she never saw coming. While researching Jack’s genealogy, a familiar name pops up and Helena finds herself unexpectedly sliding down a deep dark rabbit hole into her own family history.

Readers are soon transported back Berkshire, England 1944. Lillian Miles is an ATA pilot and flies every type of aircraft during the war. When her niece starts poking around, she remains quiet about the secrets she has locked deep in her soul hoping they would never be discovered.

Helena’s job has strict rules about using the company resources to research your own family, but she ignores them hoping no one will discover her digging into her own family. Jack encourages her to continue her work and helps her along the way. This too will bring Helena trouble.

When Helena brings the information to her family, her father has his own questions and wants her to continue researching. What she discovers could quite possibly destroy her family. What happened to her Aunt Lillian during the war, why won’t she talk about it and what do the answers mean for her family?

If you really enjoy historical novels, are curious about the past and family stories and genealogy, you will love this novel. I enjoyed going between present day and the past to learn Lillian’s story. The book really is about friendship, sisterhood, strong women and family secrets.

The author did an incredible job bringing the character’s to life, giving them depth and you may just find yourself sympathetic to both sides. One wanting to keep the past secret and the other needing to know the truth.

I noticed the book was published a year ago today, so happy book anniversary to Kerry Barrett for a truly wonderful novel. Even better, Amazon’s Kindle price today is .99 cents. Don’t know if it is a one day deal or the price for now, but either way, it is totally worth the buy and read.

Until next time,
Bee Readin’

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3 thoughts on “The Goldfinch ~ By Donna Tartt”

  1. I enjoyed The Goldfinch. I listened to it on audio book. It started off strong and held my attention, then slowed down as it developed the characters. I felt the author went into too much irrelevant detail on scenery and on characters that were not really part of the story. Because of her over indulgence in unnecessary detail, the story started to lag for me… then picked back up on last 1/3rd of the book.

    Aside from excess detail, I enjoyed the book and for some reason, it has stuck with me more than most books. Many books I read I barely remember, this one I do.

    Thank you for your insightful review. Keep them coming. My wife is now reading the Women of the Silk because of your recommendation and is enjoying it.

    1. I completely agree. There was just to much detail that wasn’t needed in the story. Hope she loves Women of the Silk. That is one book that has stuck with me too.

  2. Well, I actually chose this book for book club, despite it’s LENGTH!!! Friends seemed to rave about it and after all, how bad could it be to win a Pulitzer Prize?!?!?!

    I have to say that I did enjoy the book, for the most part. The story was interesting and I really didn’t know which way it would go. I didn’t love his dark days and bad living … but I understood it.

    It seemed to drag in the last part … seemed to spiral out of control and rambling. But then again, just part of the life he was living. And I felt tired when I finally finished it.

    Overall, kind of epic and interesting … worth reading if you have a lot of time!

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