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Title: Unravelling Binding: Paperback Author: Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn Publisher: Baker & Taylor


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Title: Unravelling Binding: Paperback Author: Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn Publisher: Baker & Taylor

40 review for Unravelling

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Jasper

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn writes with depth, compassion and understanding. The narrative works in two timeframes with flashbacks to the earlier lives of Vanessa and her family. Tension builds throught the book until long-hidden secrets are revealed in an emotional climax. Well, written, well-structured and with good pacing, this is an intelligent and absorbing book. It is a story about love but it is certainly not your usual romance. Far from it. This book explores the selfishness of love and the Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn writes with depth, compassion and understanding. The narrative works in two timeframes with flashbacks to the earlier lives of Vanessa and her family. Tension builds throught the book until long-hidden secrets are revealed in an emotional climax. Well, written, well-structured and with good pacing, this is an intelligent and absorbing book. It is a story about love but it is certainly not your usual romance. Far from it. This book explores the selfishness of love and the way it can drive families and lovers apart. The characters, except for Vanessa’s grandaughter, Savannah, are frequently introverted, haunted by the past – especially the relationship between Vanessa, the grandmother, her first husband, Gerald Blackstone and their daughters, Cordelia and Esme, and Vanessa’s second marriage to Andrew and their son, Jake, and all seem unable to break away from their early experiences. ‘Unravelling’ shows the ways in which youthful decisions can have an affect on a family through generations. The story is told from the points of view of Vanessa and Cordelia. As a student, Vanessa falls madly in love with her art tutor, Gerald Blackstone – and very black and stony-hearted he appears to be.On the surface passionate and loving, he is nevertheless deeply selfish and wants nothing more than to control Vanessa and his daughters, even though abandons them in distressing circumstances.Only when he finds himself in a situation he cannot control does he relinquish the iron hold he has always had over Vanessa, Cordelia and Esme – a hold that has blighted their lives for decades. A tangled web of desire, lies, mistakes and abandonment makes this a deeply emotional story that will appeal to readers who are interested in exploring family relationships and the darker side of obsessive love.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    This is an amazingly good book by a really talented author. Fans of Anne Tyler and Anita Shreve will love this, it manages to be intelligent and entertaining at the same time - not an easy feat! Told from the point of views of a mother and her daughter, and in two time-frames, the narrative is handled beautifully and just keeps pulling you along. Read this book - you will be glad you did and eagerly awaiting Lindsay's next novel. This is an amazingly good book by a really talented author. Fans of Anne Tyler and Anita Shreve will love this, it manages to be intelligent and entertaining at the same time - not an easy feat! Told from the point of views of a mother and her daughter, and in two time-frames, the narrative is handled beautifully and just keeps pulling you along. Read this book - you will be glad you did and eagerly awaiting Lindsay's next novel.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Eleri

    Thank you for a fabulous book. I did not instantly connect with Vanessa, but she did interest me, and I loved the way the book was written. I enjoyed reading and unravelling the weaved threads of the tale. I love the way it felt like all that sort of unravelling of threads imagery fitted the style of writing completely. I enjoyed the art and knitting background to the story too. By the end I realised somewhere along the way Vanessa had made me understand her - her story is complex, but simple. He Thank you for a fabulous book. I did not instantly connect with Vanessa, but she did interest me, and I loved the way the book was written. I enjoyed reading and unravelling the weaved threads of the tale. I love the way it felt like all that sort of unravelling of threads imagery fitted the style of writing completely. I enjoyed the art and knitting background to the story too. By the end I realised somewhere along the way Vanessa had made me understand her - her story is complex, but simple. Her mistakes are mistakes we all could make. I could not put this book down, the characters were complex and intriguing. All with their own story and pain. Really hated a certain character, but then found myself understanding things more after the story unfolded more. I cried, and when a book makes me cry genuine tears it tends to get a five!! This was getting it anyway though.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Florence Osmund

    This storyline is interesting, and the author’s characterizations, attention to detail, and the way she artfully developed difficult relationships between the characters were all well done in my opinion. But the way she hopped back and forth with extensive backstory was confusing due to the protagonist’s repeat relationships. There were times I didn’t know if we were in the present or the past. The other issue I had was it’s hard to sympathize with a protagonist who can’t be faithful to the one This storyline is interesting, and the author’s characterizations, attention to detail, and the way she artfully developed difficult relationships between the characters were all well done in my opinion. But the way she hopped back and forth with extensive backstory was confusing due to the protagonist’s repeat relationships. There were times I didn’t know if we were in the present or the past. The other issue I had was it’s hard to sympathize with a protagonist who can’t be faithful to the one she’s currently with, even if she is confused herself. Maybe that’s just me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Megan Readinginthesunshine

    Firstly I would just like to say a thank you to Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn for allowing me to read such a fantastic book! When I first read the blurb on the back of the book, I was instantly intrigued by it and keen to start the story and find out more. I usually love a romantic story, but by the sounds of the blurb, this seemed to be more than that and have an extra twist to it. I must say I was not disappointed one bit. If I could sum it up in one word, it would be: Wow. Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn h Firstly I would just like to say a thank you to Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn for allowing me to read such a fantastic book! When I first read the blurb on the back of the book, I was instantly intrigued by it and keen to start the story and find out more. I usually love a romantic story, but by the sounds of the blurb, this seemed to be more than that and have an extra twist to it. I must say I was not disappointed one bit. If I could sum it up in one word, it would be: Wow. Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn has created a brilliant mix of characters. They were so well-written that they sprang to life and almost jumped from the pages into real life. Vanessa was a particularly well-written character, I became very emotionally involved with her, I could see things from her perspective and I shared some of her feelings as she progressed throughout the book. At times I felt as though I was transported and stood in the same scene as Vanessa, watching the events unfold in front of me. Vanessa and Gerald’s relationship was so enthralling, I was hooked on their scenes together and I could not read fast enough, I wanted to instantly know more. I loved their meeting, I liked that the story was about a student and a tutor embarking on a racy, sexy, intense relationship, and from there the story became even more fascinating. There are many different subjects explored in this story – parenting, the relationship between a mother and daughter, tragedy, and love, to name a few – this adds a lot of depth and levels to the story, making it an interesting and thought-provoking read. I have to admit, the story stayed with me long after I had finished reading. Unravelling does switch between the present and the past, which although might be difficult for some, I particularly liked. Unravelling takes the reader on an emotional journey, with a great storyline and some twists and turns to keep the reader on the edge of their seat and engrossed throughout. I managed to lose myself for many wonderful hours in this gripping, emotional and truly passionate novel, and I was quite sad to finish it. I am definitely looking forward to reading more from Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn. A truly compelling, thrilling story – Try this!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Billy Buttons

    A year ago, Unravelling was a winner in The Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards. The Readers thought the novel was a wonderfully descriptive novel with a number of well thought out characters and a strong plot. They also thought the language flowed very easily and the dialogue was snappy. The fact that it was not too sexually graphic was also positively commented upon. All fourteen readers put it through to the final and twelve of the fourteen voted it as the winner. The readers in The Wishing S A year ago, Unravelling was a winner in The Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards. The Readers thought the novel was a wonderfully descriptive novel with a number of well thought out characters and a strong plot. They also thought the language flowed very easily and the dialogue was snappy. The fact that it was not too sexually graphic was also positively commented upon. All fourteen readers put it through to the final and twelve of the fourteen voted it as the winner. The readers in The Wishing Shelf Book Award strongly recommend it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Georgina Allen

    There was a lot I didn't like about this book - the characters were unsympathetic, far too much navel gazing and overblown descriptions, and the constant switches between present and past tense jarred every time. However, the book grew on me and kept me turning the pages. I did feel deeply involved with the characters by the end in spite of the book's flaws. The plot, while slower than my usual preference, was very well crafted. If goodreads allowed half points, this would be a 3.5 for me. There was a lot I didn't like about this book - the characters were unsympathetic, far too much navel gazing and overblown descriptions, and the constant switches between present and past tense jarred every time. However, the book grew on me and kept me turning the pages. I did feel deeply involved with the characters by the end in spite of the book's flaws. The plot, while slower than my usual preference, was very well crafted. If goodreads allowed half points, this would be a 3.5 for me.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Beverley

    No doubt about it, this is a beautifully written book and the characters are illustrated so well. I didn't find the hopping from past to present too disruptive, but I did find the main character's decision to betray the man she loved after only 24 hours in the company of another quite unbelieveable. Although the easily-flowing prose and great structure of this book made enjoyable reading, I have to admit it did lose credibility for me from that point onwards. No doubt about it, this is a beautifully written book and the characters are illustrated so well. I didn't find the hopping from past to present too disruptive, but I did find the main character's decision to betray the man she loved after only 24 hours in the company of another quite unbelieveable. Although the easily-flowing prose and great structure of this book made enjoyable reading, I have to admit it did lose credibility for me from that point onwards.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rubery Book Award

    2nd Prize Winner in the 2011 Rubery Book Award A well-written novel, spanning three generations, that deals with family life and the destructive force of love. The judges were impressed by the striking cover and many of them found the novel to be enjoyable and entertaining. The author’s grasp of the complexity of relationships between mothers and daughters make the novel a worthwhile read. From the judges at RBA

  10. 5 out of 5

    Liesbeth

    Beautifully written, combining 3 generations in a modern style. Hard to put down, I got totally swept up in the story. It shows the different layers as they are being peeled off two of the main characters, Vanessa and Cordelia. I would give it 4.5 stars really, as I didn't like the ending. Otherwise an elegant, incredibly well written, book. Beautifully written, combining 3 generations in a modern style. Hard to put down, I got totally swept up in the story. It shows the different layers as they are being peeled off two of the main characters, Vanessa and Cordelia. I would give it 4.5 stars really, as I didn't like the ending. Otherwise an elegant, incredibly well written, book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Polly Stretton

    Marvellous story about a relationship that disintegrated and reforms at the end of one of the character's life 'they never stop loving each other'. Fabulous read ~ highly recommended. I'm eagerly awaiting Lindsay's new book due out soon 'The Piano Player's Son'. Marvellous story about a relationship that disintegrated and reforms at the end of one of the character's life 'they never stop loving each other'. Fabulous read ~ highly recommended. I'm eagerly awaiting Lindsay's new book due out soon 'The Piano Player's Son'.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ellie Stevenson

    A beautifully written novel, tracing the lives of several generations of women, examining their emotional landscape and relationships. One of the great strengths of this novel is the characters' authenticity - I really felt I knew these people. Poignant, touching and slightly sad. A memorable book. A beautifully written novel, tracing the lives of several generations of women, examining their emotional landscape and relationships. One of the great strengths of this novel is the characters' authenticity - I really felt I knew these people. Poignant, touching and slightly sad. A memorable book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chrissi

    Great book, gripping and exciting. Well written.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Beth (bibliobeth)

    I think this is one of those books that will keep me thinking for a while. Fab debut, wonderful characters and I won't give away the ending but aaaaargh! A very REAL work of fiction. I think this is one of those books that will keep me thinking for a while. Fab debut, wonderful characters and I won't give away the ending but aaaaargh! A very REAL work of fiction.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Helen Hart

  16. 4 out of 5

    Clare Lindop

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jan Ruth

  18. 5 out of 5

    Susan Dance

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sam

  20. 5 out of 5

    C J W

  21. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cherry

  24. 4 out of 5

    DaisyChains

  25. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  26. 4 out of 5

    Misha

  27. 4 out of 5

    Karen Aminadra

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tara Ford

  29. 4 out of 5

    Susan Buchanan

  30. 4 out of 5

    Donna

  31. 5 out of 5

    Celina Grace

  32. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

  33. 4 out of 5

    Esther

  34. 5 out of 5

    Raina Beardson

  35. 5 out of 5

    Anne

  36. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Stacey

  37. 5 out of 5

    Karen

  38. 5 out of 5

    Emmarose

  39. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

  40. 4 out of 5

    Ellie Steele

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