- Title: The Hornbeam Tree
- Author: Susan Lewis
- ISBN: 9780099453277
- Page: 337
- Format: Paperback
Just as celebrated columnist Katie Kiernan thinks life is over, it suddenly arrives on her doorstep in the shape of her sister Michelle, and all the intrigue Michelle brings with her Friction, resentment and old jealousies make life in their house doubly challenging, as Katie struggles to cope with a rebellious teenager and Michelle longs for the man she has left behind.AJust as celebrated columnist Katie Kiernan thinks life is over, it suddenly arrives on her doorstep in the shape of her sister Michelle, and all the intrigue Michelle brings with her Friction, resentment and old jealousies make life in their house doubly challenging, as Katie struggles to cope with a rebellious teenager and Michelle longs for the man she has left behind.After a devastating betrayal Laurie Forbes is trying to rebuild her relationship with Elliot Russell, when she is plunged into a whirlwind of passion that threatens to tear them apart completely.Top journalist, Tom Chambers, the man Michelle left behind, faces the greatest challenge of his career when highly classified documents fall into his hands Realizing how explosive the material is, Tom calls upon Elliot Russell to help with the investigation, and very quickly they are caught up in the deadly efforts to stop them going to print.The Hornbeam Tree is a fast moving, funny, passionate and heartbreaking story that travels the dizzying highs and lows of love, the scandalous manoeuvrings of greed and power and ultimately the unbreakable bond between a single mother and her teenage daughter.
Recent Comments "The Hornbeam Tree"
A little bit too political for me, if it had not been for Molly, and Laurie, I would have given up
The Hornbeam Tree is a powerful story of the unbreakable bond between a mother and a daughter. Even as the celebrated columnist and single mother of a 14 year old daughter(Molly) Katie Kiernan struggles through life when she is diagnosed with cancer, her life becomes doubly challenging when her sister Michelle arrives in her doorstep to help her in her last days. But she comes with longing for the man she left behind to cope with her sister's looming death, a rebellious teenager and the resentme [...]
a powerful story of the unbreakable bonds between a mother and a daughter katie is a celebrated columnist, divorced with a 14 year old daughter (say no more!) but has learnt that the cancer they have been treating is final how to cope? she sends for her sister michelle who she has never really got on with though she loves her. she needs someone to look after her daughter when she is gone michelle has been working in pakistan in a refuge camp looking after the homeless women and children and invo [...]
The main theme they wished to label the book with is " A powerful story of the unbreakable bonds between a mother and a daughter" and I fond that so not presenting for the book.The book talks about an American Journalist and a British humanitarian who were located in Afghanistan and discovered an arranged plot in the UK to take place. The surprise was to find that the American and British governments were the responsible for that terrorism attack aiming to use in elections and as a justification [...]
At over 600 pages this story sure did have a lot of pages to fill. It was an epic tale covering lots of different topics from terminal illness, politics and a love story or two thrown in for good measure. I don't think it really knew what it was meant to be, but I did enjoy it on the whole.I enjoyed the story surrounding Katie, her sister Michelle and Katie's daughter. It must be so hard when you're suffering from a terminal illness such as Katie's and don't know how to tell your children the fu [...]
Not what I expected. Amid the storyline of Kate, a investigative journalist with terminal cancer, reconciled with her estranged sister Michelle and trying to cope with wayward stroppy, anguished teenage daughter, Molly, I was caught up in a novel of political intrigue about terrorism and counter terrorism in Pakistan involving UK and USA governments. I came close to giving up on the book with the unsavoury chapters on Molly's so called friends, the obligatory highly charged sex scenes and the po [...]
Although I did enjoy this book it surprised me at how political the story was, some of it was a bit over my head regarding the potitical battles between countries. I even wondered why it was called "The Hornbeam Tree" when it features so little in the book. That said there are some very sad, touching and well written moments that will bring a lump to your throat. The trials and dilemma's that Katie and Molly have to deal with seemed very real to me.
The cover says "A powerful story of the unbreakable bonds between a mother and daughter" - well sort of, but there were highly classified govenment documents, a journalist on the runI thought that the author tried to put too much into the story to make it "page turning" and lost the plot a bit. I won't rush to read any more of her books. Readable but really not great.
It's been a long time a book has had me with tears running down my face, on the edge of my seat and laughing. As someone that prefers curling up at the end of the day with a good book, this book also had me staying put in bed in the morning to finish it. (Something a morning person Never does.) Thought it was amazing!
Wasn't overly impressed with this one, my first Susan Lewis book which I haven't really liked, too much going on and couldn't keep track of what the real story was supposed to be, have loved most of her other books which I have read and will read others of hers, can't get it right every time
Agree with the critique from previous readers - at the end the story was about a dying mother and teenager daughter and their bond which had a happy ending . But political storie line was possibly too much overbearing.
It took time to get into the story, I was expecting a lot more emotion with regard to the sister with cancer, but even though her time was up at the end of the book it did not make me weep. This is not a criticsm, just a point of view.
Not at all what I was expecting, more a political story than a 'unbreakable bond between mother and daughter' story. The plot was scattered, with an overall poor ending.
Audio edition. Many strands to plot.
One of my favourite books of all time. A must read! It makes you laugh and cry and leaves you wanting more.
One of the worst books I have ever read, was determined to finish it and very glad I have!
Really great story!
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