Ahoy there me mateys! I wanted to read this book when I found out it had ghosts and dealt with the Bayeux Tapestry. I studied the tapestry in school. It portrays the battle of Hastings in 1066 and also shows Haley’s Comet which occurred that year. This book weaves multiple generations together in chapters that jump in time – 1066, 1759, 1976, and 2017.
What is the significance of those years? Well in those years comets appear in the skies. Any time a comet is in the sky, members of a certain family can see and talk to ghosts. And not just any ghosts but the ghosts of their own family members. Not that comets are limited to those years. The family members also have to stay in Bayeux in order to see the ghosts.
The reason for the jumps back and forth are to show the different lives of various people, their connection to comets, and how their lives intertwine. I highly enjoyed the comet connection. This was me favourite part of the book. And I liked all of the major characters and glimpsing their lives. I do think it was very well written.
There were two things that led to this not being a better read. One was that I listened to this in audiobook format. I had a hard time grasping characters and time shifts in the beginning. I do think this book begs to be read and not listened to. Also I didn’t like the french accent used for the characters. I can’t say if the accent was good or not. It just didn’t work for me. I would have liked no accents at all.
The other quibble was the “mystery” aspect of why the ghosts appear. I thought that subplot was kinda lame. I didn’t like the ending of the book and how this resolves. That said, I did enjoy it and am glad I listened to it. I just think that overall it was an okay read and I won’t ever re-read it. Arrr!
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
One Day meets The Time Traveler’s Wife in this spellbinding, magical debut novel about love, loss, hope and heartbreak that shows us that for each of us, the world can be as lonely or as beautiful as the comets that illuminate the skies above us.
Róisín and François first meet in the snowy white expanse of Antarctica. And everything changes.
While Róisín grew up in a tiny village in Ireland, ablaze with a passion for science and the skies and for all there is to discover about the world, François was raised by his beautiful young mother, who dreamt of new worlds but was unable to turn her back on her past.
As we loop back through their lives, glimpsing each of them only when a comet is visible in the skies above, we see how their paths cross as they come closer and closer to this moment.
Theirs are stories filled with love and hope and heartbreak, that show how strangers can be connected and ghosts can be real, and the world can be as lonely or as beautiful as the comets themselves.
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