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Monday, September 21, 2020

Talland House by Maggie Humm (shades of Virginia Woolf here)

London 1919. Lily is a very mixed up woman. Torn between her love for her tutor Louis and then her love for the lady whom she considers a mother Mrs. Ramsay, she is heartbroken to overhear that her half done portrait of the lady is not pleasing to her. For Lily has put her heart and soul into this painting and this almost destroys her. The story with its strong connections To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf draws its world from St Ives in Cornwall and London and the ten missing years of the story. Lily Briscoe was very much part of the Woolf scene visiting the Isle of Skye before the War, then during the War and then after the War returning to Skye after the death of Mrs. Ramsay. The feeling of such a close connection between Lily and Mrs. Ramsay - almost spiritual despite the aggressiveness of the Mr. Ramsay in the story. Lily's unfortunate love for Louis which was never reciprocated because as she discovered at the very end that he was gay are very well enumerated in the story. The book mixes historical fiction, as well as actual history with a lot of imagination and combines all the elements to give you a very factual story. Sent by She Writes Press for an unbiased review, courtesy of Netgalley.


  1. Sounds interesting especially as I love St. Ives, Cornwall, not far from my real home in southwest England! Never been to Skye but it's on my list IF we can ever travel overseas again!!!!

    Hope you and your family are well.
    Mary -