The Unravelling of Maria by F J Curlew #BookReview #BlogTour #IndieAuthor #4.5*

Lovers separated by the Iron Curtain.
Two women whose paths should never have crossed.
A remarkable journey that changes all of their lives.

Maria’s history is a lie.
Washed up on the shores of Sweden in 1944, with no memory, she was forced to create her own.
Nearly half a century later she still has no idea of her true identity.

Jaak is fighting for Estonia’s independence refusing to accept the death of his fiancee Maarja, whose ship was sunk as she fled across the Baltic Sea to escape the Soviet invasion.

Angie knows exactly who she is. A drug addict, a waste of space. Life is just about getting by.

A chance meeting in Edinburgh’s Cancer Centre is the catalyst for something very different.
Sometimes all you need is someone who listens.

Tightly Woven & Skilfully Plotted!

Three people, all with different lives; this is their stories.

Maria was washed up on the shores of Sweden in 1944 and has no memory of who she was – or where she came from – prior to that date. Angie, on the other hand, knows exact who and what she is. Living in Edinburgh, she’s a drug addict who is happy to survive day to day as long as she gets her fix. Jaak is fighting for Estonia’s independence, having lost his fiancee Maarja when the she fled the Soviet invasion along with her family and their ship was sunk.

This is a beautifully told story of three lost souls making the best of the life they have. Told in differing timescales, we learn of their lives then and their lives now. None of them have had it easy and it makes for riveting reading. It doesn’t look like a long read, but this is tightly woven and skilfully plotted and takes a fair bit of time to reach the end. Very much a saga-type read, and one I enjoyed. The author’s observations of Edinburgh are spot-on and, since she has spent time there, I assume she has Estonia well mapped out too. A rewarding read, and one I’m happy to give 4.5*.

My thanks to the author both for my copy of her novel and the invitation to join this blog tour; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: historical fiction

Author Bio

Fiona dropped out of school aged 15, because being the consummate rebel, she hated it! After becoming a single parent she decided to return to education, graduating in 1996 with an honours degree in primary education. Ah, the irony!

As soon as she graduated she packed everything she owned into her Renault 11, including her daughter, two dogs and a cat, and headed off to Estonia to become an international school teacher. After fifteen years of teaching, predominantly in Eastern Europe, she returned to the UK.
She now lives on the east coast of Scotland and has written four novels.

Her writing has been described as, “Human experience impacted upon by political situation, interwoven with a love of nature.”

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