Friday, January 6, 2017

Book Review & Giveaway - Pack Up Your Troubles by Anne Bennett

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Review by Suze
 
Maeve leaves the family farm in Donegal hoping to find a better life in Birmingham. There she meets the charming Brendan. Soon after marrying him Maeve knows she's made a huge mistake. Brendan's friendliness while they were dating was only an act and he is in fact a bully. Brendan is cruel and vindictive and he doesn't care about his wife at all. Maeve is trapped and there's nothing she can do, especially not when she gets pregnant and children arrive.
 
Maeve tries to shield her little ones from Brendan, but he's unstoppable. When she doesn't succeed in keeping them safe, she has no choice but to go back to her parents. However, in the Catholic community she's from the church is always involved and Maeve is being forced to go back to the man that keeps putting her in danger. Will she have a future with this brute of a husband and what will happen to her and her children if they stay with him?
 
Pack Up Your Troubles is a beautiful emotional story. Maeve is unbelievably strong. Brendan only has power because he has physical strength, but Maeve will not let him break her spirit. I greatly admired her, she does what she can and fights for her children. She never complains while her life is terrible. Reading about Brendan's actions repeatedly made me cry, as they're absolutely awful. Anne Bennett deeply touched me with this story. I was repulsed by Maeve's aggressive husband, but due to Maeve's amazing personality the story is so compelling that I had to keep reading.
 
Pack Up Your Troubles is a long story and I loved every page. Anne Bennett describes Maeve's entire life story. The novel is fast-paced and there's always something going on. One of the things I enjoy most about Anne Bennett's work is that she has so much to write about. Her stories are detailed and accurate and they take me to a different time and place. I love the way she writes, it's impressive, vivid, precise and captivating. She makes her main characters come to life very well and the reader has the chance to get to know them through and through, which is incredible.
 
Pack Up Your Troubles is a novel about a heavy topic, abuse. Anne Bennett describes what happens to Maeve in a raw and honest way, she doesn't leave anything out to spare her readers. It's an intense way of storytelling that hits hard and that is exactly the way it's supposed to be. What happens behind closed doors can be shocking and while reading this book I often had to think about the women who actually went through and are going through something similar. Maeve is a sweet woman with so much potential and Brendan ruins everything for her. I kept hoping she would find happiness at some point. Therefore Anne Bennett kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved the ending, it's fitting and absolutely brilliant. I highly recommend this fantastic book.
 
Advice
 
 Pack Up Your Troubles is a perfect choice for readers who love realistic, impressive historical fiction and aren't afraid to get emotional.
 
Giveaway

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54 comments:

  1. The book review and excerpt sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Thanks for the review - I'd love to read it!

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  3. I would love to read this. Thanks for the chance x

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  4. Looks like an interesting read! Thank you for the contest!

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  5. I know someone who would love this book for it's storyline. Thank you for the review :)

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  6. Congratulations on the well received novel

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  7. thanks for the review, it has certainly whetted my appetite!

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  8. Thank you for the chance to win ⛥

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  9. Looks like a lovely, heart-warming book!

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  10. Hello Anne, your book sounds wonderful. Thank you

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  11. Great review, I can't wait to read the book.

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  12. Sounds like a good read and know my Mam would love it too.

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  13. My mum reads a lot, would love to win this book for her

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  14. Would love to read Pack Up Your Troubles - thanks for the chance
    KATHY D

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  15. Sounds like a book you can't put down

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  16. This sounds really interesting - would love a read :) x

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  17. Hopping to read one of your books soon ;)

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  18. Thanks for the chance to win this book, Anne, this must have been a hard book to write, looks a really good read, if difficult at times

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  19. I would love to read your book

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  20. Love these books they take you to another place in your own home x

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  21. Great review of what sounds like a great book.

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  22. Thanks for the giveaway.

    mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

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  23. My type of book :)

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  24. I enjoy reading Ann Bennets books

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  25. Iv never read an Anne bennet book so would be interested. I read a lot and am in a book club

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  26. Great giveaway! The book sounds wonderful. I would love to read it.

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  27. keep writing lovely stories

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  28. :( sounds heart aching and good at the same time

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  29. The story sounds amazing and I would very much love to read it.

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  30. I'm not afraid to get emotional, so I think this would be a good read for me.

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  31. The book sounds great, such a talented author.

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  32. I love the look and sound of this story

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  33. Looks interesting would love to read this x

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  34. I've not read Anne Bennett before but I'd give her a crack.

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  35. I love to read Family Dramas and would love to read your book.

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