Wendy Unsworth was born and raised in Lincolnshire; her passions are her family, travel, beautiful gardens and reading and writing stories. Wendy lived in Ndola, Zambia and Nairobi, Kenya throughout the 1980's and early '90's before returning to the U.K. to acclimatise back to the English weather in a Cornish cottage close to Bodmin Moor! She is currently based in the north west of England. The African continent has left a lasting impression; The Palaver Tree, is set in a fictional Central African country and Cornwall. At present Wendy is working on her second novel, Beneathwood, re-introducing cameo characters from The Palaver Tree and telling their own individual story.
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The Palaver Tree
(4.71 from 7 reviews)
By Wendy Unsworth
Published: March 13, 2012.
Just when she needs it, Ellie believes fate has stepped in to give her a new sense of purpose in life. She leaves behind her comfortable existence to teach in Africa. But first impressions can be misleading. Soon there are more questions than answers. Lies and deceit begin to surface and the trail leads all the way back to the sleepy village that Ellie had come from.
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- Blue Sky Days
on April 09, 2012
In many ways I really enjoyed 'Blue Sky Days.' I found the writing style straightforward and it flowed well and confidently through the story and the seasons. I really felt that I got to know the little town of Riverview where Emma moves for the summer and ends up staying. I could easily visualise Daisy's house and the park and the diner where Emma spends time with her boyfriend, Nicholas. I felt that the author must know this place extremely well in her mind and I wondered if it was modelled on an actual place.
For me, it was more difficult to fully relate to the characters because they were maybe just a little too nice (except Emma's mum who is too horrible). The author is tackling a difficult subject (a serious illness in a young person). I had a similar, personal experience myself, though I was nearer Daisy's age than Emma and Nicholas and I know that a strong family will pull together at such a time. However I would have liked a little conflict within those loving relationships and that, for me would have been a more believable scenario.
Still, I was rooting for the family and was happy to be there with them to the end of the story.
* I received a free copy of this ebook for review *
- Nadia's Heart Part One
on Aug. 30, 2012
Nadia's Heart is a fantasy tale set in a magical world. The story begins in the village where young Nadia is growing up knowing that she is different, that something is amiss and when a mysterious stranger appears she goes with him in search of the truth. She travels to the Land of Silence, where the secret to her past lies, and finds terrible things there and some answers those these are not fully explained in this, part one, of the story.
From the outset there is a moody atmosphere that reminded me very much of European folk tales, something like Hansel and Gretel or Rumplestiltskin in tone. Often, those kind of stories have very dark undertones and though they are enjoyed by children on one level have much more depth and scope.
I don't have a lot of experience of reading this kind of modern fantasy story and I got a little lost at the beginning of the journey, maybe because the author `knows' the world she has created so well, there were times when the descriptions could, for me, have been a little clearer. In the second half of the book I felt more `at home' and accustomed to the setting.
There are a few clunky sentences dotted through but nothing that deterred from the story and here and there some really poetic phrases to enjoy and some truly beautiful descriptions.
Nadia's Heart is an unusual and quite haunting read possibly suitable for `older' young adults or adults with a love for this genre. I see there are several books in the 'Evergreen' series and I would imagine fans could easily be caught up in this intricate world and keep coming back for more.