Maud was brought up amid the austere Plymouth Brethren. Yet instead of
happiness, her faith brought only guilt and resentment and set her apart
from other people. This novel presents her reflections on her years of
struggle with her doctrine and her instinct, her faith and her
I'd never heard of the Author before until someone passed me the book to
read. After reading this I will go on and read other books by her. 7/10 in my opinion.
The story is well written,
flows well and gives an insight into the feelings and in some ways
stigma that young people have to deal with when being brought up by
religious parents. The story centres around Maud and is told as a
flashback to her early life.
Maud's parents are deeply religious
and attempt to bring Maud up the same way but as most teenagers do at
some point in their lives they rebel and want to live life the way they
want to live it. In some ways this was quite reminiscent of my
upbringing as we were brought up to go to Church every week and I did
rebel. Maud's parents are quite strict about her seeing young men and
don't always agree with her choice of boyfriend/admirer and the fact
that she wants to go out socialising in ways that they don't always
agree with. We journey with her through her innocence to early
adulthood and relationships.
The book has been likened to Oranges
are not the only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson, so if you enjoyed that
story then you'll more than likely enjoy this. At 119 pages of
narrative this is only a short story but it certainly packs a lot into
Superman or Christian Gray or in person Mr Cavill.