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The Other Half of Augusta Hope Reader Reviews

The Other Half of Augusta Hope

Vanessa Breaks

Two very different, engaging characters from thousands of miles apart and extremely different backgrounds. How and why are their absorbing life stories so inextricably linked? This enjoyable tale will introduce on a roller-coaster of emotions through a range many carefully observed life observations. It will draw a reader in and keep them focused, hoping that certain decisions will be made. This book would make a great holiday addition.

A wonderful story, where two very different character's lives are revealed in absorbing alternate chapters. We meet Augusta, an awkward girl with a twin sister from a safe English suburb. On the other side of the world, we enter Parfait's story. A boy is growing up surrounded by situations of desperation in Burundi, Africa.

There are clear similarities between these two well-portrayed figures, so much so, that I just had to read on to follow each decision they both made.

Tragedy, humour and careful observation in this inter-woven tale, will engage you and keep you grasped. This would be a great book to read on holiday.

Nicola Coen

An enjoyable story with fascinating characters.

Augusta Hope has a twin sister, Julia but they are not identical by any means. Julia is the more conventional twin who aims to please her parents, while Augusta feels different, like that she has never fitted in and is at odds with how the rest of her family think and behave.

Burundi, in Africa, is a country that Augusta picks out on the map and decides is her favourite country and begins to learn everything she can about it. Her story set in a small town in middle England runs alongside the story of Parfait who lives in Burundi. He is longing to escape and has dreams of a better life in another country.

At first this seems quite odd, these two stories running alongside each other when the only connection is that Burundi is Augusta’s favourite country, but all soon becomes clear.

An interesting story that although is a slow-burner really grows on you and you start to love the characters, very enjoyable.

C Hogwood

A book full of emotions that will leave you looking at the world and loved ones in a slightly different way!

This book begins by following twin sisters, Augusta and Julia, who couldn't be more different from each other. It explores the family dynamics and also the simplicity and naivety of growing up.

The flip side to this book is a boy called Parfait, who lives in a war-stricken and violent country is facing challenges of an entirely different sort to the twin sisters.

Without giving much away, their stories end up interlinking in a way that you couldn't imagine and the consequences impact on both the lives of Augusta and Parfait.

This book is full of emotion and makes you wonder if a single action by one person can change the lives of others. It's also full of loss and longing.

I loved the character development and it kept me hooked until the end, to know where their paths would end.

A must-read.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008314194
Publication date: 26th December 2019
Author: Joanna Glen
Publisher: The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Debuts of the Month, Debuts, Family Drama, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Relationship Stories, Star Books,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Adventure,