A young woman walks alone through a barren landscape in a time before history, a time of cataclysmic natural change. She is cold, hungry and with child but not without hope or resources. A skilful hunter, she draws on her intuitive understanding of how to stay alive… and knows that she must survive. In present-day London, geneticist Dr Eloise Kluft wrestles with an ancient conundrum as she unravels the secrets of a momentous archaeological find. She is working at the forefront of contemporary science but is caught in the lonely time-lock of her own emotional past. Bone Lines is the story of two women, separated by millennia yet bound by the web of life. A tale of love and survival – of courage and the quest for wisdom – it explores the nature of our species and asks what lies at the heart of being human. Although partly set during a crucial era of human history 74,000 years ago, Bones Lines is very much a book for our times. Dealing with themes from genetics, climate change and migration to the yearning for meaning and the clash between faith and reason, it also paints an intimate portrait of who we are as a species. The book tackles some of the big questions but requires no special knowledge of any of the subjects to enjoy. Alternating between ancient and modern timelines, the story unfolds through the experiences of two unique characters: One is a shaman, the sole surviving adult of her tribe who is braving a hazardous journey of migration, the other a dedicated scientist living a comfortable if troubled existence in London, who is on her own mission of discovery. The two are connected not only by a set of archaic remains but by a sense of destiny – and their desire to shape it. Both are pioneers, women of passion, grit and determination, although their day to day lives could not be more different. One lives moment by moment, drawing on every scrap of courage and ingenuity to keep herself and her infant daughter alive, while the other is absorbed by work, imagination and regret. Each is isolated and facing her own mortal dangers and heart-rending decisions, but each is inspired by the power of the life force and driven by love. Bone Lines stands alone as a novel but also marks the beginning of the intended ‘Children of Sarah’ series.
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Bone Lines is a fascinating story that manages to combine a number of subjects to make a rich and unusual story. It’s definitely one that makes you think about your own history and where you might come from.
I liked both of the main characters as they are both strong woman which I enjoy reading about. Eloise is a very career driven woman who has been quite unlucky in love so has thrown herself into her work which she obviously adores. It was very interesting to follow her investigation into the bones that she discovers and learning more about the techiques she uses in order to find out more about them. The author has clearly done her research and I found this part of the book really fascinating. Sarah in the past story was also very interesting to read about though I found this bit a little uncomfortable to read about at times as the uncertainty of her situation made me a little uneasy. It was interesting to learn more about his life would have been like at that time.
This wasn’t an easy book to read as some of the descriptions are quite in-depth which I found a little difficult to follow at times. This doesn’t mean that it is boring or dull however as there is plenty of other stuff going on that keeps the readers attention. I think this would be a great book club book as there is lots to discuss particularly about how the human race evolved and how things are passed in from one generation to the next.
This is the author’s debut novel and the first in intended ”Children Of Sarah” series.
Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Unbound publishers for my copy of this book. If you like fascinating, intelligent, dual timeline historical mysteries then you’ll love this book.
About The Author:
Born in Hong Kong to expats from Liverpool (and something of a nomad ever since), Stephanie is based in London but manages her sanity by escaping to any kind of coast. Before returning to her first love of writing fiction, Stephanie spent many years pursuing alternative forms of storytelling, from stage to screen and media to marketing. Meanwhile, an enduring love affair with words has led her down many a wormhole on the written page.
Drawn to what connects rather than separates, Stephanie is fascinated by the spaces between absolutes and opposites, between science and spirituality, nature and culture. This lifelong curiosity – and occasional conflict – has been channelled into her debut novel, Bone Lines, and into short stories, poems and various works in progress. This includes ideas for the continuation of the Children of Sarah series, of which Bone Lines is the first story.
More information available at http://stephaniebretherton.com/