Book Review – Deathline by Jane Aiken Hodge


I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  It was originally published in 2003 but I assume is being republished.

The book begins with Helen Westley nursing her elderly mother.  She has given up her job to move home and care for her.  In compensation, her mother has advised Helen that she is leaving her the house in her will.  Unfortunately when Helen’s mother does pass away, she quickly learns that she has received nothing other than a small allowance with the house being left to her brother, with whom she does not get along.  Her brother wants her out of the house as soon as possible so that he can sell it and she is forced to take a position of being a carer again – this time to an elderly lady called Beatrice Tresikker who has a home in a small village.

Soon the two become more than employer/employee and they form a friendship. Helen also becomes friends with residents in the village including the village doctor and a legal partner in the law firm that handles Beatrice’s affairs.  This book reminds me very much of Rosamunde Pilcher’s writing style and story lines.  While I enjoyed the book, I think it was a little too old fashioned.  It was set in 1999 and unless things were very different in England than in Canada or the USA, people were not this “old fashioned” in 1999.  However, if you enjoy Rosamunde Pilcher or Maeve Binchy, I believe you would like this book.

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