Review: Love Child by Sheila Kohler

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2 Stars

Love Child was quite a sad story. So that this is not confusing to you, let’s start by pointing out that the main character, a woman, goes by Bill. That took a bit getting used to at first. Anyway, back to the story. It’s told in alternating timeline chapters. It switches between past and present, unfolding Bill’s story in a captivating way. I didn’t much like Bill. I wish she would’ve made so many different decisions throughout her life. But then, that’s what this book is about…her retrospective and her regrets.

While I thought it was well written, it didn’t really move me. I wish it would have focused more on the actual love child this book is named for, but that’s not a part of it until almost the end. The ending left me wanting, and I hate when that happens. I wanted more out of Love Child, but even with that said, the writing was definitely enjoyable. I would say this is something you maybe want to borrow from your library if you’d like to give it a chance.

Book Info

Love Child: A Novel by Sheila Kohler
Published by Penguin
Pub Date: June 28th 2011
Pages: 235
Format: ARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: AdultHistorical
Buy the book! | Goodreads

An enthralling new novel from the highly acclaimed author of Becoming Jane Eyre

The compelling story of a forbidden marriage, a baby lost, and a love triangle gone horribly wrong, Love Child centers on Bill, a South African woman whose life has been defined by the apartheid-era, class-riven society in which she lives. Under pressure to make her will, Bill is forced to think about the momentous events and decisions that have made her an extremely wealthy if somewhat disillusioned woman. To whom should she leave her fortune? As Bill relives her past, we learn that this is a simple question with a complicated answer. In elegant, sensual, and nuanced prose, Kohler skillfully explores the space between our dreams and our reality, between our hopes and our disappointments.


Jess @ Gone with the Words

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