For some reason all the time I was reading this novel I kept thinking it had familiarities with a novel I had read previously. I was right if you have read Watershed you will understand what I mean as in that novel storms fire and floods cause some personal watersheds to be reached. The author also brings her story alive with her descriptions and details of the wildlife, landscape and flood defences of the Somerset levels. Ninepins might be set in the Cambridgeshire Fens but it certainly covers similar issues, so if you enjoyed Maggie Makepeace's novel I have no doubt you will also enjoy this one.
Ninepins is the name of the house nestled deep in the fens that is home to Laura and her daughter Beth. In the annexe to their home, an old pump house they usually have a lodger. The latest of these is Willow a teenager leaving a care home to live alone for the first time, who has been recommended to Laura as a suitable lodger by the girls social worker Vince. The story centres around the three females and the emotional tangle of their situations as the world that Laura previously thought so orderly seems to be spiralling out of control. A daughter growing up too fast and wanting more independence than Laura is prepared to grant her plus a vulnerable older teenager who seems to be a volatile threat to their family life. Will it all end in disaster, I recommend you read it to find out.
As a novel about mother daughter relationships and how we have to adapt to change within these relationships it will especially appeal to those already parents. Although that does not mean those without children will not enjoy it but just relate to the story in a different way.
Brought up in a village in rural Suffolk Rosy Thornton now lives in the Cambridgeshire Fens with her husband, two daughters and two spaniels. In addition to writing fiction, she lectures in law at the University of Cambridge, where she is a Fellow of Emmanuel College. She also admits to being a season ticket holder at Ipswich town Football Club.
She describes her fiction writing as romantic comedy with a hint of satire - or possibly social satire with a hint of romance.
Rosy Thornton is the author of four previous novels of which I have only read one the latest The Tapestry of Love - 2010. The earlier ones More Than Loveletters -2007, Hearts and Minds - 2008 and Crossed Wires - 2009 are all on My Wishlist and I hope to have the opportunity to read them sometime.
The biographical information and photo used in this post are with thanks to the following websites, where you can also find more information about the author and her writing.
Goodreads Author Profile Facebook - Rosy Thornton Rosy Thornton - Official Website
I have chosen to read this title as the letter N for The A - Z Book Challenge which I have decided to attempt to achieve in alphabetical order. I have a good selection of titles to choose from our bookshelves, it will be interesting to see how far I can get before I get stuck. You can follow my progress here.