Barbara M Webb
True to Herself (A Family Saga, Book 1)
Abandoning her wayward husband, Guido, Moira Capaldi resigns from an established career, vacates her marital Sydney apartment overlooking the Pacific Ocean and and arrives in West Gidding, England, to follow her passion for art and develop her painting skills.
The year is 1985. The first British mobile phone call has been made, and the first debate in the House of Lords has been televised. It’s a time of hope for Moira and in establishing new relationships, both male and female, she discovers more about herself. And then there is the mystery surrounding the cottage where she rents a room
However, the neatly devised plans are disrupted when romance unexpectedly seeks her out on the Greek island of Leros, and Australia lures her back for a short visit with devastating consequences.
Does Moira need to address the demons of her past before she can embrace any happiness in the present?
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.
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In June 2016, Barbara was presented with the Member of Year Award at the Dublin Writers Conference organised by Laurence O´Bryan who founded Books Go Social.
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