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10 thoughts on “Leeway Cottage

  1. says:

    I have mixed feelings about this book I enjoyed the beginning, reading about Sydney s unhappy childhood She desperately wanted to be loved and approved of, especially by her stepmother Candace She finally had enough and was strong enough to take her chances and pursue her dreams in New York I also enjoyed the middle of the book about what it was like in Denmark during WWII I don t know much about Danish history during the war The stories of the Allies and Danish attempts to transport the D I have mixed feelings about this book I enjoyed the beginning, reading about Sydney s unhappy childhood She desperately wanted to be loved and approved of, especially by her stepmother Candace She finally had enough and was strong enough to take her chances and pursue her dreams in New York I also enjoyed the middle of the book about what it was like in Denmark during WWII I don t know much about Danish history during the war The stories of the Allies and Danish attempts to transport the Danish Jews and Resistant forces was inspiring Reading what Nina went through in the camps was so heartbreaking What I did not enjoy was the last half of the book after the end of the war The book jumped around too much about Sydney Laurus s complex relationship and the lives of their children and Laurus s family I was disappointed that Sydney, who once seemed strong and independent enough to leave her home and seek New York, who took up carpentry and painting their new home, ended up turning into this neurotic person I felt the author did not explain this change enough in the book Laurus remained devoted to Sydney but I was left wondering why Guilt perhaps The children were one dimensional and the book jumped from their childhood to their marriage, and then their own children too quickly


  2. says:

    This book was very readable it only took me a day and a half to finish it but it was frustrating in its inconsistency The WWII Danish Resistance Concentration camp stuff was certainly interesting reading and compelling, but it felt like a completely different novel than the domestic comical rest of the book Jumping back and forth between these stories made very little sense to me as a reader I also really didn t understand why the character of Sydney was changed midway through the story fro This book was very readable it only took me a day and a half to finish it but it was frustrating in its inconsistency The WWII Danish Resistance Concentration camp stuff was certainly interesting reading and compelling, but it felt like a completely different novel than the domestic comical rest of the book Jumping back and forth between these stories made very little sense to me as a reader I also really didn t understand why the character of Sydney was changed midway through the story from someone very sympathetic to this horrible, society minded twit that no one could stand I kept waiting for something redeeming about her character to be shown, but it never happened There just wasn t any logic to this and I found myself by the end wondering why the novel was focused on her life if she was painted as so silly and obnoxious, especially in contrast the the perfect, serious Europeans Why not drop the Sydney character entirely and just write the novel about the Danish resistance and life in the camps in WWII None of these choices made by the author made any sense to me


  3. says:

    A Victorian summer house Leeway Cottage is the one constant in the life of Annabee Sydney Brant Moss Covering the time period from 1924 to 1993, this book explores the relationship between two people who are very different Annabee grows up the privileged only child of a father who dotes on her and a mother who seems to resent her They live in Ohio but have a summer home on the coast of Maine Laurus is a Dane, a musician who left Europe for New York, but who has a strong sense of responsi A Victorian summer house Leeway Cottage is the one constant in the life of Annabee Sydney Brant Moss Covering the time period from 1924 to 1993, this book explores the relationship between two people who are very different Annabee grows up the privileged only child of a father who dotes on her and a mother who seems to resent her They live in Ohio but have a summer home on the coast of Maine Laurus is a Dane, a musician who left Europe for New York, but who has a strong sense of responsibility towards his family and his countrymen In general I like character driven novels, and I really enjoyed this look at a marriage through the eyes of two very different people Sydney had my full sympathies when she was still a child called Annabee But as she matured I liked her less and less It was interesting to see the great influence her mother had on her despite her efforts to distance herself from Candace Laurus wasof an enigma A musician and a patriot, he chafed under the restraints imposed by the war, but still felt a patriotic duty to serve His facility with languages and deep knowledge of Europe made him valuable to the Allied forces, but his fame meant he had to remain at a distance That forced restraint seems to have never left him, however.I m struggling with how to describe the book because I really don t want to give an entire synopsis, and there is much that happens The story covers several decades, after all, though much of the action is concentrated during the World War II era I found the scenes dealing with Laurus family back in Denmark during the war particularly compelling, and I definitely wantedof this story But Gutcheon uses multiple points of view and moves back and forth in time as people remember past events, so I m left feeling as if I ve only scratched the surface.I am reminded that there are many stories in the people around me that what we see of a person even one we think we know well may be only the tip of the iceberg


  4. says:

    Very depressing and I don t know if I would want to read it again, but I m giving it four stars because I think they re well deserved I read some reviews on here and I can see that people are disappointed annoyed that Sydney wound up being much like her own detestable mother My own mother is a difficult woman and I wonder if perhaps the majority of people that did not grow up with mothers like Candace aren t really capable of understanding why Sydney turned out the way she did I disagree that Very depressing and I don t know if I would want to read it again, but I m giving it four stars because I think they re well deserved I read some reviews on here and I can see that people are disappointed annoyed that Sydney wound up being much like her own detestable mother My own mother is a difficult woman and I wonder if perhaps the majority of people that did not grow up with mothers like Candace aren t really capable of understanding why Sydney turned out the way she did I disagree that Sydney showed a lack of character development In an ideal world children would learn from their parents mistakes and do things completely differently, but Beth Gutcheon was not writing with the intention of reflecting an ideal situation The fact that Sydney was disappointing and alienated herself from readers sympathies is no accident she is intended to be a tragic character I disliked her in the novel s second half but at the same time, my heart broke for her I wonder if the general ratings on this book are so low on Goodreads because people understandably have trouble accepting a fictional story that is truly as bleak and without redemption as many real people s lives are Overall, I found the book well written and engaging The choppy style of the later chapters did not personally bother me It s a serious read and I wouldn t recommend it to anyone who prefers happy endings


  5. says:

    I only finished this book because, every time I said a fewpages and I was going to give up, it would go a few pages completely enchanting and interesting The book itself though, I didn t enjoy, for 1 a lot of it was like reading a history book, with pages and pages of no story, but just stating history of the times I don t mind learning history through fictional books, but I don t want to read a history book when I am reading for pleasure also the book was choppy, one minute the girl I only finished this book because, every time I said a fewpages and I was going to give up, it would go a few pages completely enchanting and interesting The book itself though, I didn t enjoy, for 1 a lot of it was like reading a history book, with pages and pages of no story, but just stating history of the times I don t mind learning history through fictional books, but I don t want to read a history book when I am reading for pleasure also the book was choppy, one minute the girl would be newborn and then the next section she would be grown up etc, the segeway between the growing up wasn t very good..also, I started out liking Sydney, but toward the end of the book I didn t like her, and I didn t like how she treated her husbandshe turned into her mother, and I would have liked her staying different from her mother


  6. says:

    This book, published in 2005, feels patently, urgently relevant The story of a marriage spanning much of the 20th century, it transports the reader to a small community on the Maine coast, then Europe during World War II, then back to suburban Connecticut in the determinedly hedonistic, WASPy 60 s, then a final flashback to the German concentration camp at Ravensbruck that re casts the entire story in a devastating light.I was profoundly moved by the part of the story that dealt with a mother s This book, published in 2005, feels patently, urgently relevant The story of a marriage spanning much of the 20th century, it transports the reader to a small community on the Maine coast, then Europe during World War II, then back to suburban Connecticut in the determinedly hedonistic, WASPy 60 s, then a final flashback to the German concentration camp at Ravensbruck that re casts the entire story in a devastating light.I was profoundly moved by the part of the story that dealt with a mother s hatred of her daughter, and how the daughter s stunted emotional growth painfully affects her own husband and children.But, BUT, most affecting in this book is the story of the Danish resistance in WWII, how the better part of an entire country reacted as one to resist the xenophobic and anti Semitic German occupation Danes smuggled Jews from house to house and to the coast, onto boats bound for Sweden, where they were welcomed and protected Why were these people so moved to endanger themselves and their families At the time that I m reading this, the U.S government is separating families and caging children at our borders What makes people refuse complicity with such cruelty One character explains it thus Danes love peace And they love comfort, and they ll sacrifice a lot for them But they cannot enjoy peace and comfort while behaving badly Also, they have great respect for each other They trust each other to behave So when they saw that they had to, they all reacted the same way out of simple pride, and assumed their fellow Danes would do the same Perhaps Americans in 2018 aren t grateful enough for peace, and for comfort Perhaps we neglect to cherish these things, while we re always scanning the Internet for the next sale or trend or object of desire If we can abide in simple gratitude for what we have, we can realize that we wish the same for all people, for all creatures Peace and comfort A longer table No walls.Beth Gutcheon is a deceptively accessible writer Her books are engrossing, hard to put down, her characters so vivid that they melt into the reader s imagination and memory In Leeway Cottage, she makes history come alive by peopling it with characters so real they re palpable Like Kate Atkinson Life After Life , she makes me feel as if I lived through WWII, can no longer take for granted my relatively peaceful, prosperous existence I feelalive,engaged and purposeful, for having read this book And yet it s an entirely gripping, enjoyable, page turningly suspenseful experience Beautifully written I m so sad it ended


  7. says:

    I don t know how I feel about this one I can t say that I enjoyed it And I can t say that I particularly liked any of the characters either I thought the story about the Danish resistance during World War II was interesting but I felt like that took you out of the story of the marriage of Laurus and Sydney and then you instantly dropped back into it without any transition I guess this is what World War II did to most couples but it was still jarring The author spent half the book on the war I don t know how I feel about this one I can t say that I enjoyed it And I can t say that I particularly liked any of the characters either I thought the story about the Danish resistance during World War II was interesting but I felt like that took you out of the story of the marriage of Laurus and Sydney and then you instantly dropped back into it without any transition I guess this is what World War II did to most couples but it was still jarring The author spent half the book on the war years and spent the other half of the book rushing through 50 years of marital history It was too much and not enough all at the same time


  8. says:

    I loved this book No one else I know seems to have been as take with it as I was, but I was enthralled from beginning to end I do tend to like character driven novelsthan plot driven novels, and those that include a bit of history always intrigue me Still, I sent this novel to all the people I know who might have liked it, but none were as fond of it as I Her sequel, Goodbye and Amen, I also loved, though it was not as fine as Leeway Cottage in my mind I ve read everything Beth Gutche I loved this book No one else I know seems to have been as take with it as I was, but I was enthralled from beginning to end I do tend to like character driven novelsthan plot driven novels, and those that include a bit of history always intrigue me Still, I sent this novel to all the people I know who might have liked it, but none were as fond of it as I Her sequel, Goodbye and Amen, I also loved, though it was not as fine as Leeway Cottage in my mind I ve read everything Beth Gutcheon has written, and I love her work


  9. says:

    This book started with a typical premise We start getting to know the main characters as children one rich and one poor and end up following them though their lives Half of the story takes place in the United States and the other takes place in Norway It ended up being a very deep, thought provoking book that I think will stay with me for a long time I have had dreams about it since.


  10. says:

    This story combined the lives and relationships of the Brant and Moss families with the story of the Danish resistance to the Nazis invasion and the rescue of Danish Jews At times the story line seemed a bit disjointed However, it was packed with a great deal of history which I found well presented, and the main characters were well developed I found it difficult to put down.


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Leeway Cottage In April , as the Nazis march into Denmark, Sydney Brant, a wealthy girl of the Dundee summer colony, marries a gifted Danish pianist, Laurus Moss They believe they are well matched, as young lovers do, but Laurus s beloved family is in Copenhagen, hostage to what the fortunes of Hitler s war will bring By the time the war is over, Laurus s family has played an active role in Denmark s grassroots rescue of virtually all seven thousand of the country s Jews Meanwhile, in America, Sydney has led a group knitting for the war effort, and had a babyCombining the story of one long American twentieth century marriage with one of the most stirring stories of World War II, Leeway Cottage is a beautifully written tour de force of a novel