Exquisitely wonderful is the best way to describe this book!
I was sent a copy of ‘A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding‘ by Jakie Copleton from THE Book Club (TBC) in exchange for an honest review and gosh… am I pleased I put myself forward to read it when they asked.
The novel opens with a bang! Immediately there is a completly unexpected mystery. The story is mainly set against the back drop of the atomic bomb being dropped in Nagasaki, Japan during World War Two, such an interesting period of time that I have rarely read about from this point of view and made a wonderfully and moving setting. Centring on a woman who is reflecting on her life, the decisions she made and how they impacted on her family as a whole. The story moves back and forth in time, through the woman’s memories, her daughters diary and letters written long ago, all of which slowly build a picture that helps solve the questions posed in the first chapter.
From about half way through, I could barely put the book down as the drama and momentum build with all the pieces of information starting to fall together and unraveling in surprising ways. I loved reading about Japan during the second world war, learning so much about the country, customs and history through the beautiful descriptions Copleton includes throughout.
‘A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding‘ is such a wonderful book and I would recommend for anyone to read it.
4.5 Stars from me.
Happy reading x