Book Review: Lovesong by Nikki Gemmell

I have read three books by London-based Australian author Nikki Gemmell and all three have haunted or enchanted me enough to jump on to Amazon to order another one of her stories. Her themes are conventional: love, feminism, femininity, relationships, family. Her writing is not at all conventional which is demonstrated in this book,  Lovesong by her mixed use of first and third person narrative.

What's it all about?  Clouded in mystery and unknowns, Lovesong is the story of a young woman who seeks to escape a an unusually difficult childhood by travelling as far away as possible and by seeking adventure in a foreign land and, she hopes, an adventure with a foreign man.

What's so good about it?  Gemmell's words are linked together with huge amounts of liberalism and love, which flatters this story of one girl's liberation and ultimate search for love perfectly if not always 100% coherently; in other words abandon literary pre-conceptions and enjoy the flow of words.


Who, me?  There's a reason I've not referred to"chick" or "lit" to describe Lovesong as this would do the story, Gemmell's thought processes and the richly alive protagonist a huge disservice - if you, be you male or female, want to read a story about love that is easily entertaining, engages your imagination by being a little bit out there and pushes your understanding of the English language, try Lovesong.

P.S. I will be reviewing at least two more of Nikki Gemmell's books as part of my Short & Sweet Book Reviews.

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Frances M. Thompson

Londoner turned wanderer, Frankie is an author, freelance writer and blogger. Currently based in Amsterdam, Frankie was nomadic for two years before putting down some roots with her Australian partner and having a baby boy in July 2015. In 2017, she launched WriteNOW Cards, affirmation cards for writers that help build a productive and positive writing practice. When not writing contemporary fiction, Frankie shops for vintage clothes, dances to 70s disco music and chases her son around Amsterdam.
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