Saturday, November 13, 2021

Song of the Skylark by Erica James - Book Review

Title – Song of the Skylark

Author – Erica James

Publisher – Orion

Genre – Fiction

Publication Date – March 10, 2016

My Raiting -  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5


Lizzie has an unfortunate knack for attracting bad luck, but this time she’s hit the jackpot. Losing her heart to her boss at the radio station where she works leads directly to losing her job, and with no money in the bank she’s forced to swallow her pride and return home to her parents. As if that wasn’t bad enough, her mother finds her work at the local care home for the elderly, and it’s there that Lizzie meets Mrs Dallimore.

In her nineties, Mrs Dallimore also finds herself in a situation which she’s reluctantly coming to terms with. Old age has finally caught up with her, and with her life drawing to a close she gives in to the temptation to relive the past by sharing it with Lizzie. 

She tells Lizzie of the day when, as a young girl, and shortly before the outbreak of World War II, she left her home in America to cross the Atlantic to England where she hoped to meet her English grandparents for the first time. At best she hoped for a family reconciliation, but before long her visit turned into so much more.

As Lizzie listens to Mrs Dallimore’s story, she begins to realise that she’s not the only person to attract bad luck, or make mistakes, and maybe things aren’t so bad for her after all . . .


She thought that she’s a loser, but was she?

Lizzie lost almost everything – her job, her beloved man, her flat. She had to leave London and move back home with her parents.

She thought that all the good, that she had, had left her, but was that so?

She had thought so before she met Mrs. Dallimore. Mrs. Dallimore told Lizzie her story. The story of 19 years old girl who had crossed the Atlantic and arrived to England before the World War II started. The young girl who had an extraordinary life full of happy and tragic moments, the life full of finds and losses.

Lizzie and Clarissa are two such different girls who involuntary make you look at your life, think about your life and whether you have done enough good things in this life.

I enjoyed reading Song of the Skylark, this book evoked various emotions in me like laughter and tears, anger and joy.

5 stars from me. I would recommend this wonderful book to everyone who loves reading well-writen fiction stories.


With an insatiable appetite for other people's business, Erica James will readily strike up conversation with strangers in the hope of unearthing a useful gem for her writing. She finds it the best way to write authentic characters for her novels, although her two grown-up sons claim they will never recover from a childhood spent in a perpetual state of embarrassment at their mother's compulsion.

The author of nineteen bestselling novels, and the winner of the 2006 Romantic Novel of the Year Award, Erica divides her time between Suffolk and Lake Como in Italy.

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