Sunday, 9 October 2016

Book Review etc

First the book review...........
Cover

I've finished reading Trio by Sue Gee, an author who I hadn't read before so must have come across details of this one on a blog.
 I don't really enjoy sobbing my way through a book so probably ought to have abandoned this after the first few pages as it begins with the traumatic death of a young married woman from  TB.

Set in Northumberland the story starts in late 1936 with Steven Coulter, a young enthusiastic history teacher and his wife living in a remote moorland cottage. He has been caring for his sick wife Margaret and teaching at the boys school  in town but comes home one snowy day to find her dead.
Months later Frank Embleton, head of history at the school reaches through Stevens grief to invite him to a concert given by his sister, Diana, a cellist and two friends - the trio of the title. Frank, Diana, Margot the pianist and Phillip a college trained violinist, have been friends since childhood and have been giving concerts for many years in the local area. Steven has no musical knowledge at all but finds in Margot someone who is also lonely - her mother died when Margot was a child and she has lived with her father in the "Big House" ever since.
They are both shy and from completely different backgrounds but eventually  music brings them together. War is creeping ever nearer and each person in the group also has a back story which affects them now. This part of the book finishes in early 1939.
Then suddenly it's 2015 and the rest of the story is told by Geoff who is Steven and Margot's now elderly son whose  beloved wife Becky has just died. This last part of the book moves back and forward so that the missing 66 years are gradually explained.

Beautifully written account of grief and love, but in a way almost too sad to enjoy.


Thank you for all the comments on the last post.
Do doctors/people really think that overweight people don't know they ought to lose weight? Of course we B***** well do and I have several times since I was 16 and weighed and 9 a half stone and was told I was overweight by "friends" .
Unfortunately knowing  and doing are two different things.

Things then got worse as Colin had to go back into hospital on Friday evening as he started shivering and running a high temperature and low BP. So once again he is on antibiotics.They soon had him on a drip..... saline then platelets and blood. It's not unusual for patients who've had lots of chemo and stem cell transplant to have to go back in but this Cancer thing is just NOT fun.


Just adding in this latest photo of Jacob to cheer me up!

But lost the original post with your comments - Whoops - Sorry




Back soon-ish. Sue

17 comments:

  1. Not to worry Sue-I'd rather see that cheery wee face anyday! Catriona

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  2. Sorry to hear that Col is back in hospital again. Hopefully not for long this time. That sounds like a great book, but I usually don't gravitate toward the ones that make me cry, either. Such a sweet, happy boy. -Jenn

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  3. That photo would cheer everyone up Sue - enlarge a copy and pin it up at the foot of Col's bed. Sorry about the setback - home he is soon home again.

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  4. What a wonderful smile from your cute little guy. I hope Col feels better now he has all that stuff pumped into him. A good laugh is much better than a sobfest. Have you read "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson. I was helpless with laughter through most of it. By the way it is very difficult to lose weight while you are undergoing so much stress. The stress hormones tell your body to store fat and there is nothing much you can do about it until the stress is gone-praying that will be soon, but until then tell the doc to stuff it for a while. I would like to come over and smack him but fortunately (for him) not going to happen, although he should be careful come next February.

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    1. Ha Ha- poor doctor!
      I've read several Bill B and chuckled through them, but not that one, I shall pop over to the library website and order it now

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  5. Sorry to hear Col is back in hospital, I do hope he'll be home again soon.

    Lovely picture of Jacob!

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  6. So sorry to read about Col's setback Sue.
    What a gorgeous photo of Jacob to keep your spirits up.
    Many hugs-x-

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  7. sorry to hear about Col.Hope he is back home again soon.Wonderful photo of Jacob.What a star'

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  8. I'm reading like a missile at the moment, Amy Liptrot's "Outrun" at the moment

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  9. A smile that would melt your heart, he is adorable.

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  10. Good book review. Sounds like something I'd read. I'm slowly getting the book I'm reading finished. Wish there was more time! Praying for you and Colin, especially as he recoups from chemo and all the treatments he's had. Grandbaby looks adorable and thankful for the happiness he brings to all of us! God bless you!

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    1. I have too much time at the moment, seem to be always waiting.

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  11. So sorry to hear that Col is still not at his best. Chemo really is a b*gger isn't it.
    Jacob is so gorgeous you must be very proud, Sue. I do hope it all goes smoothly for your daughter, it's a very worrying time for you all. Take care xx

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  12. Sorry to hear that Col has had to go back into hospital for more treatment, but I guess the road back to full health will have little backsteps in it sometimes. I hope he is soon recovered from this blip and back home with you again.

    That book sounded sad. I am reading something lightweight from the Library at the moment. A bit of social history, I tell myself!

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  13. Just catching up with you Sue - goodness what a week indeed. It must be really frustrating for you both that Col is back in hospital, hope he's on the road to recovery. Beautiful photo of Jacob and a new baby very nearly here as well. Hope this week is a better one for you all. xx

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  14. Thinking of Col and sending good, warm thoughts your way. Hope he starts feeling a little better soon. The picture of Jacob is gorgeous - just what you need for cheering up!

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  15. Sending positive thoughts and some sunshine your way!!

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