Tuesday, 16 February 2016
Roseita and the Beast
It is Ann's novelistic début and it tells the story of a very privileged young girl called Roseita Fortesque.
Although she is only five years of age, she has some pretty firm ideas and convictions. And on of those is that dogs are destined to be loved as pets and not as the next meal.
Which is why, when she visits a bazaar she takes the decision to free the dog in the Kiruma bazaar as it was waiting to be sold for the table.
The Kirumese thought the dog had escaped and bitten her in passing. They never suspected the truth.
She loves that dog. Which is unfortunate as the Kirumese people believe that the existence of the dog will bring about the ruination of their nation.
She is also in love with the boy next door. His name is Hamish Martlett. Hamish is a boy with a mystery in his past life.
They combine forces to continue, in secret, to feed the dog.
But the consequences of their kindness might well turn out to be be staggering for all concerned. With far reaching implications down through the years.
The father of Hamish Martlett, Greg Martlett, suborns, by threats and bribery, a Kirumese man in to becoming the implacable nemesis of Roseita, sworn to kill her.
Down through the years of her life, Roseita is tracked and traced, fleeing from country to country, always trying to evade his murderous clutches.
She longs to once again find Hamish. But what is the tragic secret of Hamish? Why does Greg Martlett hate Roseita?
And what significance does the dog have throughout the years?
The book costs £7.99 and is published by Matador and is available through the That's Books and Entertainment online bookshop, which is to be found on the right hand side of this review.