by Edward Rutherfurd
Category: Fiction / Historical
598 pages; ISBN: 0-609-60382-5
Rating: 8/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Jeannine Van Eperen
In THE FOREST, the reader is taken from the time of King William Rufus, thrity-three years after the Norman Conquest to the present. Rutherford traces fictional families who dwell within the confines of the New Forest of England as they marry and sometimes intermarry. All have a story to be told and most have secrets that somehow bind them together, these New Forest inhabitants. We are told, too, "That not everything is as it appears in the forest."
Though I enjoy the history and find most of the characters interesting in one way or another, I sometimes feel the reader is left adrift, wanting to know more about a certain person, and all of a sudden we are dropped a hundred years forward. Rutherfurd does seem to tie up most of the loose ends by stories end, but he leaves the reader wondering about some of the others. Perhaps that is his intention.
The book is long and did not captivate me as much as SARUM or LONDON, but a good read, nonetheless.