Paula McLain is a lovely writer, within a couple of pages I was transported to the 1920s in rural Kenya where we meet a young Beryl roaming free training horses. Deserted by her mother, she lives with his father and his partner and in order to escape she marries young, and ends up trapped in a marriage she doesn't want. Fighting for her independence in a very repressed and judgemental society, she keeps forging ahead, making decisions that woman today take for granted.
I liked Beryl and greatly admired the person she was and the brave choices she made to survive, but couldn't help but feel that the first 3/4 of the book was a little drawn out and the last 1/4 was edited down and felt rushed. Still the power of the author to draw you in and keep your interest makes this a great read. 4/5