Friday, April 4, 2014

Book Club Friday-- Stella Bain.

GoodReads Synopsis:  When an American woman, Stella Bain, is found suffering from severe shell shock in an exclusive garden in London, surgeon August Bridge and his wife selflessly agree to take her in.
A gesture of goodwill turns into something more as Bridge quickly develops a clinical interest in his houseguest. Stella had been working as a nurse's aide near the front, but she can't remember anything prior to four months earlier when she was found wounded on a French battlefield.

My Thoughts:  I've only read one other Anita Shreve book, The Pilot's Wife, and LOVED it.  So, I was really excited to read this one, her newest release.  But I didn't feel it was as good.  Maybe the whole memory loss just wasn't my cup of tea.  It was interesting to see how "shell shock" was treated in the early 1900s, especially the differences in treatment of men and women.  But I just felt sad for her the entire book, even after the mystery of her past was solved and she started to deal with the repercussions of her earlier decisions.

I think it's worth reading if you already like Anita Shreve books, are interested in WWI stories, or are just looking for something a little unusual.  But it's not a lighthearted read by any stretch of the imagination, nor was it truly amazing like The Pilot's Wife.


  1. The only Anita Shreve book I've read is also The Pilot's Wife. It is one I enjoyed and ever since I've been wanting to read more of hers. But I'm thinking I may be better off choosing another one of hers instead of this one.