The main thing I have to say about Girl With Dove is that I enjoyed reading it but I have absolutely no idea what it was really about. Thanks to this, I can’t even attempt to explain the plot, so here’s the synopsis from Goodreads:
Growing up in a dilapidated house by the sea where men were forbidden, Sally’s childhood world was filled with mystery and intrigue. Hippies trailed through the kitchen looking for God – their leader was Aunt Di, who ruled the house with charismatic force. When Sally’s baby brother vanishes from his pram, she becomes suspicious of the activities going on around her. What happened to Baby David and the woman called Poor Sue? And where did all the people singing and wailing prayers in the front room suddenly go?
Disappearing into a world of books and reading, Sally adopts the tried and tested methods of Miss Marple. Taking books for hints and clues, she turns herself into a reading detective. Her discovery of Jane Eyre marks the beginning of a vivid journey through Victorian literature where she also finds the kind, eccentric figure of Charles Dickens’ Betsey Trotwood. These characters soon become her heroines, acting as a part of an alternative family, offering humour and guidance during many difficult moments in Sally’s life.
The literary references in this book are fully integrated into the story and, although this was an interesting style which I liked, it made reading quite confusing. There were many times where it was too difficult to tell which characters were actually part of the story and which were just references.
It was interesting, unusual and very enjoyable, but too confusing and difficult to follow for me. I highly recommend giving Girl With Dove a try; hopefully you might be able to make more sense of it than I did.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.