Henry and Rachel
Laurel Saville
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Nov 20, 2018 - 07:55 AM By Laurel Saville

Brought to live with the George family as a child, all anyone knew about enigmatic Rachel was that she worked hard, making herself indispensable to the plantation And she remained a mystery until the day she disappeared even to her husband Especially to her husband.Henry was Rachel s opposite gregarious where she was quiet, fanciful where she was pragmatic After years oBrought to live with the George family as a child, all anyone knew about enigmatic Rachel was that she worked hard, making herself indispensable to the plantation And she remained a mystery until the day she disappeared even to her husband Especially to her husband.Henry was Rachel s opposite gregarious where she was quiet, fanciful where she was pragmatic After years of marriage, Rachel left Henry and their oldest son without explanation and set off on a steamer for New York City with their other four children Was her flight the ultimate act of betrayal or one of extraordinary courage Eight characters connected by blood and circumstance reconstruct Rachel s inexplicable vanishing act.Weaving real family letters into this narrative of her own great grandparents, Laurel Saville creates a historical novel of incredible depth and beauty.
  • Title: Henry and Rachel
  • Author: Laurel Saville
  • ISBN: 9781611099669
  • Page: 265
  • Format: Paperback

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Zoeytron Nov 20, 2018 - 07:55 AM
Lovely writing and keen characterizations make this book well worth reading. It is a quiet tale of two people living in a modest shack in Jamaica, together for years, raising children, living life. Henry loved Rachel, but was never able to capture her approval or regard. She had given him everything from her that she was able to give, but it did not include loving him, or even caring for their children except in the most rudimentary way. Rachel was an odd bird, nothing really seemed to penetrate [...]
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Vivian Harrington Nov 20, 2018 - 07:55 AM
If the entire book were as beautifully written and engaging as the first few chapters, this would have rated among the best books I have ever read; but, the story did not hold up for me. And ultimately, I ended up flipping through the pages of the second half of the book just to get through it. This historical novel is based in part upon the stories Laurel Saville heard about her maternal great-grand parents and some family letters. The primary setting is Jamaica in the years just prior to and a [...]
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Diane S ☔ Nov 20, 2018 - 07:55 AM
I feel that books that are written based on an actual person, in this case the author's family members, are more appealing to me because they are based on reality. In this case I felt the strongest character was the island of Jamaica, the history and the descriptions were wonderful. When I first started reading this book, I enjoyed reading about their lives, together or not, and the children of course. A book told in alternating chapters, Henry's and than Rachel's because a bit tedious so in the [...]
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Meg - A Bookish Affair Nov 20, 2018 - 07:55 AM
"Henry and Rachel" is the story of the title characters, Henry, a dreamer, and Rachel, a woman who has already seen too much in her short life. They live in the West Indies. Henry seems to really love Rachel but Rachel often seems to look at Henry as a means to convenience and comfort. They are a badly matched pair. Based on family letters from author Laurel Saville's own family, this is the story of a difficult relationship.The book is told from the perspective of both Henry and Rachel as well [...]
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Nancy Nov 20, 2018 - 07:55 AM
Saville writes beautiful passages that stand alone quite nicely. However, her story telling leaves much to be desired. By organizing her novel with eight different narrators, the same ‘story’ gets told over and over again, albeit from different perspectives. The result is a book with no tension—it just didn’t keep me interested—too rambling and repetitive.
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Terry Nov 20, 2018 - 07:55 AM
So far tiresome and depressing.
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Buchdoktor Nov 20, 2018 - 07:55 AM
Wie hatte Rachel es ihrem Mann Henry so lange verheimlichen können, dass sie mit dem Verkauf von Eiern und Gemüse in winzigen Beträgen die Schiffspassagen für sich und die Kinder zusammensparte, um sich dann völlig unerwartet von der Insel Jamaica nach New York abzusetzen? Ihrer Tochter und den Söhnen gegenüber begründet sie ihren einsamen Eintschluss damit, dass in New York alle Kinder kostenfrei zur Schule gehen könnten. Doch im Rückblick kann das nur ein Vorwand gewesen sein, handha [...]
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Rachel Nov 20, 2018 - 07:55 AM
The plot is fairly simple: Henry and Rachel shack up. Henry and Rachel have lots of kids. Rachel runs away to New York with the kids, leaving Henry alone and miserable.The first few chapters were beautifully written, and the last few chapters were interesting, but everything in between was pretty dry. The basic gist of the story is revealed early on, and then for the remainder of the book you just get to reread that same story over and over again from the perspectives of different characters. As [...]
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Gayle Pace Nov 20, 2018 - 07:55 AM
REVIEWSetting: Jamaica prior to and after WWI.This Historic novel is written about from stories The author heard about her maternal great grandparents and letters from other family members. I started having problems with the book keeping my interest. I was looking for the excitement. I didn't even know if I wanted to finish it or not, but I did. It was a good book being based on reality, it just didn't connect with it. The book was written with one chapter from Rachel and then one from Henry. He [...]
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Terri Nov 20, 2018 - 07:55 AM
Categorized as a "romance," it is the furthest thing from a romance. There is little love between Henry and Rachel. Rachel is a quiet self-possessed, some would even say cold woman; whereas Henry is a dreamer, a conversationalist, a man ready to love again, to live big.Henry, at 33 years old, is a widower, having lost his first born at the same time as his wife, he is a doubly tragic figure. Rachel, a mature 17 years,has come to the island to live with the Georges, who have agreed to take her in [...]
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Diane Lybbert Nov 20, 2018 - 07:55 AM
I loved this book! Author Saville found a stack of letters which had been written by her grandfather, Henry, to her father, James. From these actual documents and an amazing imagination, she has constructed the 'life' of her grandfather and grandmother (Rachel). The construction of the book was interesting, with each chapter being 'told' first-person by one of the characters. Due to this, the reader is able to get inside the mind of the character, and is able to see events and circumstances from [...]
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Niki Nov 20, 2018 - 07:55 AM
I would give this book a 3.5 if I could, but because I can't I am rounding up to a 4. It was kind of boring at times, but I thought the concept of the book is really interesting, and it must have been cool for the author to both explore and imagine her family history while writing it. I liked how this book really showed how perception is reality - the different characters describe the same events and their consequences totally differently depending on how they understood those events. I found my [...]
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Carol Nov 20, 2018 - 07:55 AM
"It is not just that I fell for this confounding, totally inappropriate young woman named Rachel; it is more as if I actually fell into her," says Henry, early in the book. Laurel Saville's vivid story of a clearly doomed romance - if it can even be called that - is spellbinding. Told from the standpoint of different characters, each adds a layer of understanding to the mysteries behind Rachel's upbringing on a West Indies plantation, and how it led her to flee with four of her children to New Y [...]
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Leah Nov 20, 2018 - 07:55 AM
I received this book through GoodReads First Reads. I really enjoyed the story of Henry and Rachel, and thought that the style of writing was very interesting. The author was able to reveal a lot of background information and pull the timeline together by jumping from one character's perspective to anothers. My only gripe with this was my conflicted personal feelings towards the character of Rachel. I went back and forth on what I thought of her. At first, I liked her as a quiet observer of ever [...]
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Deirdre Nov 20, 2018 - 07:55 AM
I was initially skeptical that a book could hold together that was, for the most part, exploring the person of Rachel as seen from the points of view of many others in her life, but I walked away feeling the author did an excellent job of creating a rich, yet imperfect and enigmatic Rachel. She seemed far more real than many other characters in books by prolific, highly regarded authors. I never fell in love with, or ever fully understood Rachel, but developed an understanding and appreciation o [...]
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Elyse Nov 20, 2018 - 07:55 AM
This was one of my 'sauna'-Kindle reads. (I enjoy reading in my home sauna: and have a Kindle --'just' for sauna-reading-relaxtion before my daily shower).When I first began this book --I had no idea it was the authors 'notes/memories' of her grandparents. (how cool is that?). I enjoyed the writing: Henry's male voice --Rachel's 'female' personality --The entire context of this story is 'beautiful.Henry and Rachel are such different type of human beings (each have their own ideas about happiness [...]
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Julie Nov 20, 2018 - 07:55 AM
This novel was written with the help of actual letters from the authors great grandfather, Henry to his son, James, and other written artifacts from the family,Rachel, of a mysterious background is living with a prestigious family on a Caribbean island, not exactly as a daughter, not exactly as hired help. Henry, a frequent guest to the family home, marries Rachel and they have bout her own mother4 children together and live in a ramshackle situation on the island. Henry fritters their money awa [...]
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Doreen Nov 20, 2018 - 07:55 AM
I think this novel was categorized as a Romance but there was no such romance anywhere. I found the character Rachel to be very fascinating and somewhat of an enigma. Her thought process about how she viewed love, life and the people around her was very interesting and true to life at times. I struggled with her wanting to love and marry Henry but she's as cold and dour as they come. Then I switched from admiration to despise when I realized she never mailed those letters from the children to th [...]
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Wendy Nov 20, 2018 - 07:55 AM
What a well written book! For truth based fiction, it was fantastic. I enjoyed the characters and considering that Laurel had to make up much of her characters, they seemed very real to me. And the style of writing, multiple folks telling the story first person, made for a very interesting read. The only reason I didn't get the book five stars is because to me, that's saved for those books that are life changing. This book didn't change my life, but it let me enter into the lives of Henry and Ra [...]
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Connie Nov 20, 2018 - 07:55 AM
Slow starter but it picked up about a third of the way through. This book was about the author's great grandparents, Henry and Rachel. She had heard a few stories about them growing up, and later came across some letters they had written, and from there she kind of created a fictional history for them. Kind of a neat idea. I believe all the letters she used in the book were acutal excerpts. I think it would be fun to go back and read only those letters and see whether I would come to the same co [...]
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Rose Nov 20, 2018 - 07:55 AM
To me, the main theme of this book is how different people deal with the cards of life that they're dealt with. I found it interesting how Saville portrayed all of her characters as having such different personalities, yet underneath they all acted out the same -- all made decisions for their own self-interests without really considering how their actions would affect those around them. I enjoyed this book. While I wouldn't call it a favorite, I did find the characters and their dramas very memo [...]
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Gwen Nov 20, 2018 - 07:55 AM
This book tells the reader the story from several perspectives. Henry and Rachel both speak as do daughter Margaret, son James, friend Vea and others giving insight from each "side" of the story. My one problem with the story is sometimes the timelines in different narratives seemed off, such as early on James was older when his mother left than he was later in the story. The story itself is an imagining of author based on letters and handed down stories of her great grandmother, Rachel.I receiv [...]
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Meghan Nov 20, 2018 - 07:55 AM
I received this book as part of First Reads.I was really surprised about this book. The description itself had me hooked, but when I first perused through it I saw that it was written from individual character's perspectives which is fine, but sometimes I just find them not interesting. However the author had me pleasantly surprised! I loved the twists in the stories and the development of the characters Rachel and Henry. It was a great book with a great story about a couple and what they both [...]
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Jim Nov 20, 2018 - 07:55 AM
There should be something special about a story that gets told time and time again. This tale repeated over and over, each time from the perspective of a different character is unfortunately nothing special. It is a sad tale that combines dissatisfaction with life, illegitimate children, false entitlement, lack of commitment and hidden origins. Ms. Saville is a skilled writer, but the story she chooses to tell is not worth a book of this length.
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Marlene Nov 20, 2018 - 07:55 AM
free book from Samsung for Kindleinteresting format with each chapter telling the story from their own perspective. These folks were raised not to gossip about others or tell another person's story, so this was a great way to fill in all the gaps. The author's notes at the end as to who Henry and Rachel were and why she wrote the novel made it all the more interesting.I cannot believe Vea outlived everyone else of her generation!
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Susan Nov 20, 2018 - 07:55 AM
Beautiful writing. Fascinating technique for telling a story of family secrets via multiple points of view and over periods of time. As a result, the reader is reconstructing via these fragmentary narratives the history, gaining a deeper understanding of the colonial context, the enigmatic personality of Rachel, the class consciousness of Henry, and the effect of their mysterious island past on the children who become adults in 1920s New York.
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Kathy Downey Nov 20, 2018 - 07:55 AM
Not what I expected but had to finish it. Each character in this book gives there impression of the situation or what they felt was happening from their point of view or feeling. Often this was opposite or definitely not aligning with those they were in the situation with at the time. Even those that were dead had input. It did show that we often expect the person we are with to have the same insight on a subject or situation as us, which isn't the way it usually is.
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Mom2nine Nov 20, 2018 - 07:55 AM
I received two books on the same day from contests. One had a really neat story premise, the other just so, so. The books, however, were not written by the blurb author. This book, unfortunately is the book that, for me, fell flat. It wasn't a bad read, I just didn't think the author added very much to the original outline of the story.
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Julie Cameron Nov 20, 2018 - 07:55 AM
Henry and Rachel was a hard book to get into but I'm glad I stuck with it. The characters are complex and it was interesting to read how the different characters viewed each other and how their actions were misinterpreted. A good portion of the book was sad and a bit melancholy but pulled through with a satisfying ending. Based on the author's family members.
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April Hernandez Nov 20, 2018 - 07:55 AM
I thought the book was great. It was nice to know that the characters were based on real people, even if it was a novel. I would have liked to have known more, in the end, about what was actual fact in the book. Since reading I relate with characters, it is nice to know what was of truth. I enjoyed the book, when this typically not the style of book I read
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Henry and Rachel By Laurel Saville Brought to live with the George family as a child, all anyone knew about enigmatic Rachel was that she worked hard, making herself indispensable to the plantation And she remained a mystery until the day she disappeared even to her husband Especially to her husband.Henry was Rachel s opposite gregarious where she was quiet, fanciful where she was pragmatic After years oBrought to live with the George family as a child, all anyone knew about enigmatic Rachel was that she worked hard, making herself indispensable to the plantation And she remained a mystery until the day she disappeared even to her husband Especially to her husband.Henry was Rachel s opposite gregarious where she was quiet, fanciful where she was pragmatic After years of marriage, Rachel left Henry and their oldest son without explanation and set off on a steamer for New York City with their other four children Was her flight the ultimate act of betrayal or one of extraordinary courage Eight characters connected by blood and circumstance reconstruct Rachel s inexplicable vanishing act.Weaving real family letters into this narrative of her own great grandparents, Laurel Saville creates a historical novel of incredible depth and beauty.

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