Subject: Colours of Gold by Kaye Dobbie
Title: Colours of Gold
Author: Kaye Dobbie
Genre: Contemporary/Historical Romance
Opening lines: ‘…Once this had been one of the grandest hotels in Melbourne …’
My thoughts: A frightening man in the dark coat looms large through COLOURS OF GOLD connecting the past and the present. Both of the two main characters, Alice in the past and Annie in the present, feel fear when the man appears. Alice is a child when the story opens in 1867 and she is petrified of the man in black, her sole focus is getting away from him as she knows he is following her. Rosie befriends Alice and when the two of them flee into the night they set in motion the events that led up to a painting being created of their adventures. It is this painting found in a derelict mansion in Melbourne in the present day that comes into the possession of Annie Reuben an art restorer. The painting is a Trompe L’oeil – to deceive or fool the eye, an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion – Annie is captivated by the two girls in the painting and starts to research their history.
Alice has a paranormal gift, she sees coloured lights swirling around people, and if the colour is dark then there is misfortune or even death in that person’s future, this gift is a strong part of the plot but I wouldn’t go as far as to say it is a paranormal story in any way shape or form, it is merely part of it, and is the reason why Alice and Rosie end up in with a troupe of entertainers and a change of fortune. Eventually in order to gain peace of mind both Alice and Annie need to confront the frightening man in the dark coat.
COLOURS OF GOLD is narrated by Annie in the present and by Alice and Rosie in the past and the two stories unfold and switch back and forth without any break in the flow. It did take me a while to settle into the story but once I was hooked about midway through I could not put the story down so eager was I to see the connection between the two characters and that frightening man in the dark coat.
Rating: C – Above average. Was very readable and I really liked it but was easily able to put it down and walk away for a while.
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With thanks to Harlequin (Australia) Mira and the author via Netgalley for my copy to read and review.
Colours of Gold is book # 18 for AWW2014