Sunday, 14 January 2018

Shadows on the Grass - Misha Herwin

Book review of 'Shadows on the Grass' - By Misha M. Herwin
Publication 8th January 2018

Every family has its secrets. In the nineteen-sixties Bristol, seventeen-year-old Kate is torn between the new sexual freedom and her rigid Catholic upbringing. Her parents have high expectations of her. She, however, is determined to lead her own life.

Mimi, her grandmother, is dying. In her final hours, Mimi’s cousin, the Princess, keeps watch at her bedside. Born in the same month, in the same year, the two women are bound by their past and a terrible betrayal.

Meanwhile, caught between the generations, Mimi’s daughter Hannah struggles to come to come to terms with her relationship with her mother, and struggles to keep the peace between her daughter and her husband. She too must find her own way in a land foreign to her, in a new post-war world, where the old certainties have gone and everything she knows has been swept away.

My review of 'Shadows on the grass.'

This story is a fascinating read. Set in 1965 the story follows three generations of women from the same family. I found this story to be gripping and well-written. I read this story many weeks ago and couldn't wait to talk to people about the storyline. There is intrigue dripped into the story as it progresses as it explores the relationship between Hannah and Mimi and why their relationship is so strained. The novel shows that there is always more to the eye than you think. Hannah is a lovely character but Mimi really stands out as having secrets to share about her past. The story is well researched into the setting and is rich with descriptions and cultural references that make the novel really authentic to read. This family have so much deep within them that you wouldn't know from the surface. 

Fascinating and thoughtful. Great read. Would love to read more from this author.


  1. Thank you Emily for your brilliant review.

  2. Thank you so much Misha, I really enjoyed the read xx