Title: Portrait of Stella
Author: Susan Wüthrich
Genre: Mystery, Romance, Murder, Adult Fiction
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd (Matador)
Publication Date: 2014
My Rating: 4/5
Hi there friends,
I’m back with another book review! Over the last couple of days I’ve been reading Susan Wüthrich’s lovely new book, ‘Portrait of Stella’. It’s been a lovely read and wasn’t at all what I expected from a historical romance, really it was much more than that! Wüthrich did a fantastic job here and I really enjoyed reading this. Here is what I thought about the lovely book:
I received a free eBook copy of ‘Portrait of Stella’ from the book’s publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
A passport application can change your life around – well it certainly did for Jemima. A rejected passport application leads to a near worldwide quest for her true identity. Jemima, the protagonist, finds out her mother and father aren’t at all the people she thought they originally were. Her life is flipped on it’s head changing everything – for better or worse! Set during World War II, there’s plenty of change going on in the world and Stella, Jemima’s mum, surrounded by evidence of the change around her. Finding a true portrait of Stella is key to learning the details to her identity. What secrets can a falsified birth certificate and rejected passport application lead to? You’re just going to have to read the book to find out!
This book was lovely and completely exceeded my original expectations. Wüthrich has a lovely written style and uses this with flair throughout. I would have given this book five stars if it wasn’t for the ending which I found to be a little well, predictable. The entire story makes good use of narrative jumps, flashbacks and the historical era which Wüthrich has set the wonderful story in. It’s a good summer holiday book with a style which makes it easy to read and throughly enjoyable at the same time. The characters story lines all overlap wonderfully and there are no silly characters who seem to be simply added for effect which makes the book much more enjoyable to read. There’s fab characterisation throughout and great links to the historical period with links to Nelson Mandela and apartheid, it makes the book truly fit into the era it is set in.
A lovely gripping story from beginning to end. Definitely worth a read! I rated this book ✮✮✮✮!
Want to grab yourself a copy? It’s available here at Amazon UK!
Happy reading friends,