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When Nights Were Cold is a book by Susanna Jones Published
01/03/2012 by Mantle.
I was fortunate enough to be given a copy of this book prior to publication to read and review. It might sound a bit strange but I was excited to be reading this book, this is the first book I have had prior to publication so it felt a little special to me.
The story is told by Grace Farringdon, a young lady who dreams of an Antarctic exploration and following the footsteps of her hero Ernest Shackleton. She can think of nothing better than pushing herself to her extreme limits.
The first stumbling block is getting out of her over protective home. Grace's parents want her to get married, run a household and look after her family but Grace has different plans.
Grace applies and gets accepted to Candlin to complete a science degree. After facing a battle at home to be able to attend the women's college Grace leaves her parents and her older sister, Catherine and finds herself nervous and alone in her room.
Once Grace has settled in at Candlin College she creates an Antarctic Exploration Society. The society is made up of four young ladies, Leonora Locke, Cicely Parr, Winifred Hooper and Grace Farringdon. During their weekly meeting the girls discuss how their trips would go and cover all the theory that is involved in an exploration. It is not long before the girls are desperate to put their theory into action and actually come face to face with the mountains.
Looking back, the memories from the mountains are terrifying but Grace has decided it is time for her to search the caves in her mind, to remember the past and re-live the events that went on to shape her future.
I could not begin to imagine what life was like for these girls being expected to watch life pass them by when all they wanted to do was get out there and enjoy life.
This is a story where I could not put myself in the position of the characters, but I think that is mainly because being cold and climbing mountains does not appeal to me. A lack of appeal for the hobby did not affect how much I liked this book though.
During the story there is a change in years quite regularly which did seem a little confusing at times but even still it was not too hard to catch up in my mind.
I also felt that there could have been more to the story, it had the potential to be a fantastic book but instead it was a good book.
This being said though I still really enjoyed reading this book, it was exciting, interesting and had a small amount of romance. I would read this book again as I feel that there were parts to the story that I may have missed and feel I would enjoy reading this book again.
I would recommend this book to someone who would like an easy and interesting read.
I flew through this book, it is the type of book that I would like to sit curled up in an armchair by a roaring fire whilst I relaxed and enjoyed the story unfolding in front of me.
This review is also on Ciao under the same name. Thank you for reading.