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Jake Milson wants one thing and one thing only--to win the coveted and prestigious Hollingshead Scholarship to do postgraduate work at Oxford. He intends to travel to England with his girlfriend, Rebecca. But a problem arises. Professor Gregory Percival keeps getting in his way. During Jake's struggle with Percival, the lives of Jake, Rebecca, Percival and Percival's wife, Margaret, intertwine. The novel, with its unexpected twists, draws you into the inner lives of its many captivating characters. It is a story of ambition, love, lust and revenge set against the backdrop of romantic Montreal in the early 1960's.
Rating: 4/5 stars
When I was given the opportunity to participate in this blog tour I thought I'd give it a try. Considering my typical reads delve into the sub-genres of YA, I thought I would broaden my horizons. And I have to say, at first I was not too sure if I would end up liking it. After ending a great book (Queen of Shadows) that is fantasy, it's a little hard to transition the very next day. But I did enjoy this book after all.
There were times where I found myself not being able to stop reading the book and staying up until early in the morning. The characters that we are introduced to are enticing, interesting, and well written. They are unforgettable to say the least! Most of the dialogue can be described as hypnotic and will definitely leave you wanting more.
The plot line of this book is not something I usually find myself wanting read. But reading the synopsis I felt that it might be about something, and it was! It is also something you can relate to easily. Having a goal set in mind and feeling that everything gets in your way so you cannot accomplish what you need to. That is what originally drew me to this story.
Gordon makes the words wrap around you, invite you in, and then they have you hooked. I am very glad that I ended up reading this great book!
About the Author:
Mark Gordon is a novelist and poet, born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His published novels are The Snail's Castle, The Kanner Aliyah and Head of the Harbour. He is presently living in Toronto, Ontario, and teaches English to newcomers to Canada. He updates his information regularly at www.markgordonauthor.com
His poetry has been published in numerous literary journals in the United States and Canada, including Quiddity, Illuminations, Poet Lore, RiverSedge, The Fiddlehead, White Wall Review, Roanoke Review, and in the anthologies Arrivals: Canadian Poetry In The Eighties, The Northern Red Oak, and Bright Stars 5, an Organic Tanka Anthology. Online, his poetry has appeared in Linden Avenue Literary Journal and Versewrights.