I loved Sheila Kohler’s last book, Becoming Jane Eyre, so I was excited to receive her new book Love Child: A Novel to review. This book reads like fine literature.
This is the story of Bill, a young South African woman, who chooses a future with a young Jewish man who works for her father. They run away intending to elope and seek refuge with her three spinster aunts. The aunts do not provide the safe house Bill needed and Bill is forced to break up with her fiance after one night together.
A decade later, Bill goes to work for Mark, a tough husband, and Helen, his emotionally ill wife. This becomes a weird love triangle. Bill ends up married to Mark and ultimately becomes a wealthy widow.
Later when Bill is forced to make a will, she thinks back on her early failed engagement and the love child she gave up after the one night of passion. The book is then about her search for the child and her reminisces of the past.
This is a beautifully written book that is a very quick read. Enjoy Love Child!
Viking/Penguin provided a review copy of this book for this post. All opinions are my own.
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