Barbara M Webb
Review by Aimee Ann
Historical Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery & Suspense, Romance, Thriller & Psychological Thriller
True to Herself is an exceptional book written by Barbara M. Webb and wow, what a stellar book! True to Herself for me was moving, captivating and addictive right from the start and I felt this from beginning to end. True to Herself was captivating to me from the start thanks to the premise of the story and the bewitching literature courtesy of the author, Barbara M. Webb who from the start hooked me with her fantastic story that was unlike anything I have read before. It is rare to find a novel which combines the themes this book does, and that is refreshing to me, and it is even more challenging to discover a story that does not rely on cheap thrills! True to Herself does have thrilling moments however they are tasteful and in no way gimmicky which is always fantastic in a book!
True to Herself is an exceptional novel that will introduce the reader to the protagonist of the book, Moira Capaldi. Moira’s life is changing drastically; she has left her husband, left her career and decides to leave her home in Sydney for West Gidding in England to pursue her passion for painting. The reader will follow Moira in the year 1985 as she begins her new life in England. Moira soon blooms and makes new friendships, but soon she discovers a mystery that will take her on an adventure and this book lovers is the premise of this incredible novel!
The premise of True to Herself is exceptional, original and unlike anything, I have read before. I loved the many themes and elements explored throughout the book, and all themes are explored by Webb wonderfully, and she does this by lacing these interesting themes throughout the text flawlessly and weaving them with the story. The result of this makes True to Herself a highly addictive and fascinating read that is never once lacklustre or predictable. Webb really has accomplished the near impossible, Webb has managed to write an entertaining, bewitching and flawless story that will perfectly unfold in readers minds like a movie and now that I think about it, why is this book not a movie already!
Barbara M. Webb is a phenomenal writer who knows how to grasp her reader’s attention from the first page. Webb instead of writing long, drawn-out builds up which are commonly found in novels, decides to ditch this approach and thrust her reader into the heart of the story straight away so that the reader is instantly captivated and immersed. I personally love this approach, what is the point of having a long build-up with little excitement? This is only necessary if the author in question can’t develop the characters in the story quickly, but with True to Herself, the reader, will not encounter this issue because Webb instantly develops her characters and makes the reader invest in not only them but also their journey.
Overall True to Herself is a thrilling, compelling and thought-provoking novel that will easily entertain readers for many days and nights and so I, of course, have to award this stellar gem of a book five stars! If you are a reader who loves historical fiction as well as romance, then I suggest you read True to Herself; it is a fast-paced, incredible novel that should not be missed.
"Both heart-breaking and inspirational. I cried in parts and shouted "Go Girl" in others." (Deb McEwan)
"As a physician, how people cope with death is very important to me . . . I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a positive role model to learn from concerning the death and dying of a loved one. Her book inspires hope when only despair and darkness is present." (carbs)
"The first thing that is clear is that the author is no shrinking violet. This is a lady who has travelled all over the world, visiting countries, cultures of which most of us can only dream." (Kitty Mulholland)
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This is a great book for anyone thinking of spending extended time in any country as it walks through her transitions from tourist to traveler; or for anyone traveling especially to Ecuador, but also Buenas Aires, Argentina and Perú, as she offers both general and specific travel tips of places she discovered along the way. It's an easy, fun read, written in beautifully descriptive language and personally I found it to be extremely inspiring as I transition from occasional visitor to resident here in Ecuador!
(Susan B. L. Rivas)
Ms. Webb is an accomplished writer, her book tightly edited with lovely turns of phrase that remind me of some of the best travel writers from the ‘60s, those who were true visual storytellers. With a few words, she translates an experience into an emotion and that is the hallmark of a natural-born writer.
Barbara Webb invites her readers into her courageous and passionate heart for travel. I believe much of the beauty of her book is summed up I her statement, "I wasn't being opened to new experiences, but travel was opening in me what was in my heart."
(Lynn U. Watson)
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