5 out of 5 stars
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A Fine Line by David Gilbertson is a novel comprised of four books set in Britain between 1850 and 1918. Book One kicks off with the Ranelagh family and the contribution of their wealth to society. Book Two and Three capture the story of the lives of two young women, Jane Gemmill and Elizabeth Bentley, childhood friends who grow up to navigate the world around them in their respective countries. Book Four details the country’s situation, with nations at war.
The challenges of generations moving from the 18th to the 19th century are chronicled in this book, as are all of their hardships in the new era that they encounter, including industrialization, war, and slavery. The skillful storytelling by the author of these characters compels one to expectantly turn pages.
David Gilbertson's writing style is amazing. This is a classic novel and it won't be a surprise if it becomes a bestseller. I am not one to give plenty of compliments but this is about the best book I've read in a long while. I found the use of suspense particularly interesting; throughout, I found myself keen on knowing the next move, step, and course of action of each character. The author's ability to introduce elements of surprise at the beginning or end of a chapter unexpectedly is astonishing.
Usually, I am one to guess right about books, but I was always taken by surprise at every turn. I would warn you that you wouldn't see anything coming. I would say the pacing is great and the author did well with the character development.
I don’t have any negative comments about this book. The author brilliantly executed the arc of the characters. I rate this book a 5 out of 5. The reason for my rating is because it is very intriguing and void of errors. The major influence on my rating is the unpredictability and suspense that come with the book.
I recommend this book to lovers of the Victorian period and war novels.
A Fine Line
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