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“Secure The Shadows“, written by Marion Grace Woolley, is a historical fiction published on August 2020.
I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Marion Grace Woolley for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
In 1824, a young man buttons up his redcoat and goes to war. Amidst the blood and devastation, he discovers a magical power which can save memory from the ravages of time.
1867 and a woman, living above a watch shop, meets two men who will change her life forever. As she ventures further into a world of séance and mysticism, she must decide whether to trust her own eyes.
In the present day, a rebellious artist finds herself photographing stillbirths for a living. At Little Angels, it’s not about what you can take from a picture, but what you can give.
The story of three lives, spanning the history of photography and our relationship with mortality.
Secure the shadow, ere the substance fades.
Author Content Warning: Death, stillbirths, suicide, drug use, colonialism/racism
About the Author
Marion Grace Woolley is known for dark historical fiction including Those Rosy Hours at Mazandaran and The Children of Lir. She balances writing with her work in international development and her hobby as a piano tuner. Marion currently lives in Rwanda.
As many people that read my reviews may know, I love historical novels. I have always been fascinated by history, and book that take us through time and space are a great opportunity to make me curious. I always end up looking up facts and that time period.
In this novel, it’s even more exciting because we have a dual time line. In the synopsis there is this quote: “The story of three lives, spanning the history of photography and our relationship with mortality.” And although I was quite curious about the story and how it would unfold, I had no idea that I would be mind blown by the various elements in Marion Grace Woolley’s storytelling.
As we follow the each character, learning more about them as we turn page after page, I felt connected with them, understanding their motivations, struggles and emotions. They were well developed and I felt like they could be real, as if they were part of my family and I was listening to my grandparents tell me about them. That’s how much I enjoyed the characters, I loved that they weren’t perfect or black and white, just human.
I didn’t know, and still don’t know, much about photography and it’s history, but after reading this book I’m quite intrigued. It was an amazing aspect to have in the story, giving us a pillar for the characters to lean in. Giving us a link connecting he characters and our present with the past.
The book also talks about loss and memory, how society was back then, about everything the characters are going through during that time period. The connection to our past and future through photography.
Overall it was a surprising and interesting book, that made me enjoy the historical aspects of it, from the social to the cultural aspects, as well as the photography world. The setting and the descriptions were amazing and made the storytelling so beautiful.
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