I have just had the pleasure of reading a copy of Rachel Sarai's Vineyard written by SFN member Ruth Deborah. The book has to be one of my top five books of all time, it is a beautifully written book that touched me in so many ways.
The subject matter of the book may not be to everyones taste, the story is set during the second world war, and centres around a young child who helps her Father by carrying secrete message in her shoes and escorting people across the moors.. At first I thought that this would be the main story of the book, for in its self it is worthy of a book, though the real story is an account of one woman's hatred and evil towards the little girl, Rachel Sarai. The story deals with the complex relationship between Rachel Sari and a little but pure evil"mother".
The book does not shy away from anything, be warned that there is a great deal of graphic accounts in this book, with rape and abortion detailed, though not for shock purposes.
It is one of the most emotional and shocking books that I have ever read, and it has stayed in my mind even after reading it. I experienced a whole host of emotions reading the book, from laughter to anger, from revulsion to anger, it is an intense read.
Although I believe it is/has been published as a novel it is very clear from the start that this is not a work of fiction but a brutally honest account of the authors early life. I challenge anyone to read this and not be moved.