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The Sisters Mortland (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Sally Beauman

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A powerful and haunting story of three sisters and the tragedy at the center of their lives from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Destiny and Rebecca's Tale.

Summer 1967: In the heart of rural Suffolk, 13-year-old Maisie is at her decaying family home, a former medieval abbey. As an artist paints a portrait of Maisie and her older sisters, arrogant, beautiful Julia and brilliant, bookish Finn, Maisie embarks upon a portrait of her own: an account of her troubled family and her village friend Daniel. Before the summer is over, an accident will have befallen the family-one which changes their lives irrevocably for the worse.

Winter 1991: As the now-famous portrait of the Mortland sisters is being featured in a huge exhibition, Daniel seeks to free himself of his obsession with these women by unraveling the secrets of that fateful summer. Readers will be transported, fascinated, and have their hearts broken by this page-turning novel of a most extraordinary family.

Biographie de l'auteur

SALLY BEAUMAN is the author of six novels, including thebestselling and acclaimed Destiny and Rebecca’s Tale. She hasalso published two works of non-fiction, including The Royal ShakespeareCompany: A History of Ten Decades. Her novels have been translatedinto more than 20 languages. A journalist in Britain and the US before shebecame a novelist, Sally Beauman lives with her family in London andGloucestershire, England.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 297 pages
  • Editeur : Grand Central Publishing (9 juillet 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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24 internautes sur 25 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Page Turner 3 janvier 2006
Par Annie - Publié sur Amazon.com
Considering I was never able to make it through Rebeccas Tale, I did not really have high hopes for The Sisters Mortland either but since I cant turn down a new book with a great cover, I picked it up off the library shelf.

I am happy to report that I was hooked right from the first chapter in this haunting tale of the fateful summer of 1967. Told in several different narratives, you learn the story of Julia, Finn, and Maisie, three sisters who are living at an old convent with their mother and grandfather. You also meet a large supporting cast, which includes Dan, Nick, and Lucus, who will center around the rest of the book.

The Sisters Morland opens with Masie as the narrator. We learn a bit about her life at Wyken Abby and one by one she introduces us to the supporting cast and she takes us up to the point of when the accident occurred. We then move forward by twenty years and Dan takes up the narrative and we then slowly learn more secrets that could have possibly led up to what happened at the end of the summer of 1967. The story ends with Julia tying up some of the loose ends and bringing the story together.

The Sisters Morland is a clever story that twists, weaves and slowly lets the reading in n the big secrets that have been buried for 20 years.
17 internautes sur 17 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Breathtaking! 29 décembre 2005
Par Armchair Interviews - Publié sur Amazon.com
Sally Beauman, author of The Sisters Mortland, weaves a fascinating and haunting story of love, secrets and grief mixed with a high level of intrigue. Her prose is taut with information carefully doled out throughout the story.

It is 1967 in Suffolk, England where we meet the sisters Mortland. Julie is beautiful, Finn is the intellectual, and 13 year-old Maisie is odd. They live with their mother Stella and grandfather in a crumbling medieval abbey where the nuns of an early era haunt the strange Maisie.

Lucas, a young artist in residence, is commissioned to paint the sisters. Along with Daniel (a local man with gypsy blood) who is a friend of the sisters, and Nick Marlow, a medical student, they all spend a tumultuous summer embroiled in life and love with Maisie as the observer and narrator in the first part of the book.

Lucas' painting captures the essence of the sisters and is completed right before a horrific tragedy occurs at the abbey. Some twenty years later, that painting has become famous and is shown at a retrospective. As Daniel narrates this portion of the book, we see his deterioration as a result of his obsession with the people and the events of that 1967 summer.

Following other catastrophic events that impact the novel's characters, Julie becomes the third narrator and fills in the missing pieces to this unsettling story.

Beauman's The Sisters Mortland, is a beautifully written, powerful and deeply moving story of an impoverished English family and the people whose lives are intermingled with theirs. The reader will be torn between the desire to read quickly in order to learn how it all ends--and to read each sentences slowly in order to savor the words.

Armchair Interviews says: The Sisters Morland is breathtaking and is highly recommended.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Captivating 5 janvier 2006
Par Michelle G. Heinrich - Publié sur Amazon.com
In THE SISTERS MORTLAND, Sally Beauman has created a captivating novel of emotional suspense. It centers around the tragic and mysterious events which take place at crumbling Ely Abbey, the childhood home of the three Mortland sisters and the favorite holiday spot of the men who inhabit the small orbit of their lives. While this description may sound gothic and romance, THE SISTERS MORTLAND is essentially a well-crafted literary mystery reminiscent of Kate Atkinson's CASE HISTORIES. The novel's heart is the summer of 1967, but it continues to follow the lives of the Abbey's summer residents for several decades. The sisters themselves are fascinating, modern girls, known for their beauty and intellect as well as their familial strangeness. Independent Julia, the eldest, has just returned from a year's graduate study at Berkley bringing with her remnants of the American summer of love. Bright, bookish Finn, the middle sister, is on holiday from Cambridge where she is nearly inseparable from Dan (the Roma neighbor boy), Lucas (the starving artist) and Nick (a neighbor and soon-to-be doctor). And finally there is Maisie, the brilliant thirteen-year-old who is variously described as "abnormal", "strange" and "special", but is endlessly endearing to the reader as she is to the other characters. If the tragic summer of 1967 is the heart of the book, the soul is the painting that becomes Lucas' masterpiece: a portrait of the sisters Mortland that eerily captures the mysterious beauty and pain of the Mortland family.
Ms. Beauman has fashioned a superbly shaped novel with superior structure and well-paced suspense. She masterfully feeds the reader just enough detail to keep create tension and leave one wanting to read further. The novel is divided into three sections with different characters serving as the first-person narrator. Interspersed between the chapters are clever bits of faux-historical passages from letters, histories and guidebooks about the Abbey. One of her most brilliant conceits is to allow Maisie to speak first, thus giving her an amazing resonance and believability. Through the eyes of other characters we learn that Maisie is possibly autistic but (as in Mark Haddon's THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT) her voice is so warm and authentic that we cannot help believing in her. Maisie composes exhaustive lists of things that interest her and she lives amongst the ghosts of the nuns who once inhabited the Abbey, but she is also keenly observant and possesses a deadly accurate view the lives of those around her. Later in the novel we hear the voices of Dan and finally Julia, each character becoming more startlingly endearing as they speak.
Beauman skillfully reveals the tragic secrets of the Mortland family. Her style is subtle and the reader must look for tiny clues along the way. In fact, and this is not truly a spoiler, not everything is fully revealed and, to a degree, some things are left to the reader's imagination. While some may find this frustrating, I found it refreshing for an author to assume so much intelligence on the part of the reader. In short, it was a fascinating and compelling novel that kept me awake at night in order to finish. If you enjoyed CASE HISTORIES or even Miranda Beverly-Whittemore's THE EFFECTS OF LIGHT, this book will have great appeal.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 fabulous character study 27 décembre 2005
Par Harriet Klausner - Publié sur Amazon.com
In 1967 in Suffolk, England, the three Mortland sisters and their mom Stella move into a medieval abbey following the loss of the family patriarch. Though in their twenties Julia and Finn have somewhat moved on, but Stella and thirteen year-old Maisie still grieve. Stella hires local artist Lucas Feld to paint a portrait of her daughters. Meanwhile for Julia and Finn, it begins as a summer of love with the middle daughter seemingly sharing trysts with Lucas, childhood friend Daniel Nunn or perhaps pre-med student Nick Marlow while Julia considers running off to London. However, the summer turns bitter when tragedy occurs.

By 1991, Lucas is a renowned famous artist whose highly regarded painting The Sisters Mortland will be the center of a retrospective showing of his works. Daniel never recovered from the tragedy of what started as his greatest summer, but ended as his hauntingly worst as he fixated on the three sisters and the tragedy that shaped all their lives.

THE MORTLAND SISTERS is a fabulous character study that grips the audience who want to know what happened to destroy the idyllic summer of 67. The perspectives cleverly shift with the changing eras. Maisie providing her viewpoint of the goings on in 1967; Daniel takes over in 1991 with his point of view of the "present" and what he recalls from the most wonderful and most devastating summer of his life; finally Julia brings closure to the drama. Each of the key players seems different and reacts accordingly to the events that Sally Beaumont lays out throughout the gripping story line. Readers will cherish this powerful character driven tale.

Harriet Klausner
14 internautes sur 16 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A good read 19 janvier 2006
Par Marilyn Dalrymple - Publié sur Amazon.com
Eerie, affecting and absorbing, the story of The Sisters Mortland begins in 1967. The setting is Wyken Abbey, which was built in 1257 and is situated in Wykenfield, Suffolk The Abbey is the home of the three Mortland sisters and the ancient and crumbling mediaeval convent is the perfect setting for this intriguing story.

Maisie, the youngest sister, is the first to be introduced to readers. She is extremely bright, talks to and sees the long dead nuns who at one time populated the Abbey. Her two older sisters, Julia and Finn, are gifted, beautiful and protective of their "different" younger sister.

A neighbor, Nicholas, studies to become a doctor and marries one sister, but loves another. Daniel Nunn is a dark, handsome man with the blood of a Gypsy who befriends the Mortland sisters, Maisie in particular. Finally there is Lucas, a brilliantly talented artist who is painting a portrait of the three sisters. The portrait will one day make him famous.

During a summer at the Abbey, unexpected tragedy strikes the Mortlands and changes the lives of all who are involved with the family. The character's lives are intertwined, tangled and filled with misfortune and regrets forever.

You never know what twists and turns this haunting story will take and that makes it almost impossible to put this book down once you start reading it.

Author Sally Beauman is a former journalist in America and Britain and is the author of six previous novels.

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