I didn't read a variety of things in May - instead I concentrated on Jean M Auel's sixth book in the Earth's Children Series - The Land of Painted Caves.
I always thought, as I waited inpatiently for this book to be released, that I'd re-read the five previous books and then launch into this one. That didn't happen. Instead I went in cold and the enjoyment I expected isn't there.
This book is very much Ayla's journey, and in some respects I think that is the problem. Her husband Jondalar seems to be very much in the background as Ayla continues her journey. The will they-won't they cloud that dogged their relationship in previous books is gone, and I suspect that's why I am struggling with this book. I still love the imagery, and the detail that has gone into the story, I'm just missing the romance. I'm about a third of the way through now. Fingers crossed the story takes off in an unexpected direction and I end up enthralled, right to the end.
Fiona Greene Author
"A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step."