Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear – Blog Tour, Book Review and Giveaway

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I received a free copy of Leaving Everything Most Loved from TLC Book Tours for my honest review.

About the Book:

• Paperback: 368 pages
• Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (April 8, 2014)
London, 1933. Two months after Usha Pramal’s body is discovered in the waters of a city canal, her brother, newly arrived in England, turns to Maisie Dobbs for help. Not only has Scotland Yard made no arrests, but evidence indicates they failed to conduct a full investigation. Usha had been staying at an ayah’s hostel, a refuge for Indian women. As Maisie learns, Usha was different from the hostel’s other residents. But with this discovery comes new danger, as a fellow lodger who was close to Usha is found murdered.
As Maisie is pulled deeper into an unfamiliar yet captivating subculture, her investigation becomes clouded by the unfinished business of a previous case, and by a growing desire to see more of the world. At the same time, her lover, James Compton, gives her an ultimatum she cannot ignore. Bringing a crucial chapter in the life and times of Maisie Dobbs to a close, Leaving Everything Most Loved signals a vital turning point in this remarkable series.

About the Author:

Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Leaving Everything Most LovedElegy for EddieA Lesson in SecretsThe Mapping of Love and Death, Among the Mad, and An Incomplete Revenge, as well as four other Maisie Dobbs novels. Originally from the United Kingdom, she now lives in California.
Find out more about Jacqueline at her website, www.jacquelinewinspear.com, and find her on Facebook.

My Opinion:

Aaaah, Maisie. What in the devil is going on? I fell in love with in the first book that I read – I did. You were smart, you were headstrong, you were a bit damaged but you were getting through it. But in the two books since you have turned into a dormouse.  You can’t seem to make a decision and when you do you overthink it. I am so sad. Leaving Everything Most Loved is better than Elegy for Eddie I will give you that but I still don’t understand you.

In this book Maisie is hired to find the killer of a beautiful Indian woman, Usha Pramal. As she investigates a second woman, a friend of Usha’s is also murdered in the same way. Both women lived in a hostel for woman who had been fired from their jobs in England and left with nowhere to go and no money to get home. All who met Usha agree that there was something very special about her – but who hated her enough to want to kill her? As Maisie and her team try and find out they learn that England is not very kind to many of its immigrants.

Maisie is also dealing with a need to travel and she is not sure she wants to marry her James. He is being very patient but he won’t wait forever – he gives her a deadline and this does way heavily upon her because she does love him. He is heading to Canada to work on experimental aircraft to help prepare for what will be WWII.

The book was easy enough to read. Maisie works through her mystery if a bit slowly. She works through her personal problems ad nauseum. I really think she just needs a kick in the pants.


You can see the Leaving Everything Most Loved Tour Schedule

You can read my review of The Mapping of Love and Death
You can read my review of Elegy for Eddie

You can purchase Leaving Everything Most Loved on Amazon.com

You can purchase Ms. Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs series on Amazon.com

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  1. says

    I have not read any books in this series, but this book sounds interesting and it would be well worth investigating the previous books in the series.

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