In 1988, seventeen-year-old Sue Bowl has a diary, big dreams and £4.73. What she wants most of all is to make it as a writer, as well as stop her decadent aunt Coral spending money she doesn’t have.
Living in their crumbling ancestral home should provide plenty of inspiration, but between falling in love, hunting for missing heirlooms and internship applications, things keep getting in the way.
So when a young literary professor moves in and catches Sue’s eye, life begins to take an unexpected turn . . .
Martini Henry was a wonderful journey. The story is told completely through the journal entries of Sue Bowl, an aspiring writer in 1988. The way the story is told feels very personal. I was able to see into the mind of Sue, and see the world through her eyes.
In entries of her journal, Sue adds excerpts of For the Concern of the Rich and the Poor, a book written by London Taylor, starting in the year of 1857. His story ties into the past of Sue’s home and family, giving clues as to the whereabouts of a hidden treasure.
One thing I loved about the story was the innocence and naivety of Sue. She is finding her way in the world, and finding herself. She learns about life and love, about sorrow and hope. Sue evolves throughout the story, which is wonderful to witness.
Martini Henry was a great read, and a beautiful coming of age story. I am going to give it five hearts.
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*This book was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review. This has not in any way influenced my thoughts on the book.