In the grimy London of 1935, eleven-year-old Dominic Walker has lost his voice. His mother is sick and his father’s unemployed. Rescue comes in the form of his Uncle Roo, who arrives to take him and his young sister, Marlo, to Cornwall. There, in a boarding house populated by eccentric residents, Marlo, who keeps a death grip on her copy of The New Art of Cooking, and Dominic, armed with Incredible Adventures for Boys: Colonel Lawrence and the Revolt in the Desert, find a way of life unlike any they have known. Dominic’s passion for Lawrence of Arabia is tested when he finds himself embroiled in a village uprising against a band of travelers who face expulsion. In defending the vulnerable, Dominic learns what it truly means to have a voice.
Trilby Kent brilliantly handles a far-off time and place to present a story of up-to-the-minute relevance.
About the Author:
Trilby Kent was born in Toronto, Ontario, and grew up in cities on both sides of the Atlantic. After completing degrees at Oxford University and The London School of Economics, she worked in the rare books department at a prominent auction house before turning to writing feature articles for publication in Europe and North America. She now lives in London, England. Medina Hill is Trilby Kent’s first novel.
This short book is such a wonderful surprise! I was NOT prepared for the character of the book! I know that sounds strange, but the book was just so much like an old friend! I loved it! The characters are delightful and well written. Trilby Kent is truly talented!
Dominic is a character you just wanna hug and take good care of! Each of the characters are written in a way that you just know them! They come to life on the pages and won't leave you be! Sancha is fiesty, Marlo is your kid sister or at least that's what I got from them!
Basically, I loved this book. I was surprised! I wasn't sure what I was getting into. The cover reminded me of Angela's Ashes, so I was expecting something a bit depressing. I'm so glad I got a chance to review this book! I'll keep my eyes peeled for more from Kent. Medina Hill is a excellent first book! I give it a 4.5/5!
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