Review – The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgwick

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Helen Sedgwick’s novel The Comet Seekers with its beautiful embroidered cover is published today. I was fortunate enough to receive a proof copy, so I was able to read this special novel before everyone else did聽 馃槑

The Comet Seekers
Image provided by Harvill Secker鹿

2017: When R贸is铆n and Fran莽ois meet at a research station in the Antarctica, they aren’t aware of the many encounters they had in the past.
20th century: R贸is铆n grows up in a small Irish village, becomes an astronomer and breaks out of her monotonous rural surroundings, while聽Fran莽ois’ mother聽Severine learns a family secret from her dying grandmother shortly before her son is born. This secret binds her to Bayeux for the rest of her life, but it is also the reason for Fran莽ois’ and R贸is铆n’s shared passion for comets.

Set between 1066 and 2017, the plot spans almost a thousand years and tells the story of R贸is铆n’s life and Severine’s family history. Severine’s family is closely connected to the Bayeux Tapestry and this valuable work of embroidery is skilfully threaded into the storyline. The chapters alternate between the present and the past, just like a needle repeatedly piercing the fabric to see what lies underneath.

While the blurb suggests that this is a story about R贸is铆n and Fran莽ois, for me it is a story about R贸is铆n and Severine. Not only are the two women close in age, Severine’s character is very well developed and the most fascinating in the whole story. Severine, who has a strong connection to the past, is bound to stay in Bayeux for the rest of her life, whereas R贸is铆n travels the world and shows us more than just France and Ireland. She takes us to Hawaii, to Canada, to the United States and, finally, to the Antarctica.

Helen Sedgwick created a very special story that is so firmly set in this world that I had to Google a couple of things while reading. Its unique plot, likeable characters and references to real-world circumstances make The Comet Seekers a captivating novel that is hard to put down.

4.5 Star Rating: Recommended
4.5 Magic Beans

鹿 https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/1110869/the-comet-seekers/9781910701737/
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

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