Thursday’s Children is book #4 in the Frieda Klein series. This one moved slowly. I’m glad it wasn’t my first acquaintance with Frieda Klein as I may have put the series on the back burner. So, having read five books in this eight book series, I will still say the Sunday book is still by far the best.
Looking at the positives first, I will say I learned more about our elusive main character in this book than any of the others. It dragged a bit when she went back to her childhood home of Braxton and I think the story line could have been abbreviated.
I like how her friends gather to bring her nice meals, the support they show her, the wine, the mystery aspects of the story and the English setting. Both London and the little rural town of Braxton.
My favorite supporting character is still Josef. Hoping to see more of him in the next few books. I felt very sorry for Frieda’s boyfriend and thought she was too cold with him. Don’t want to reveal spoilers but I will be adding my thoughts on Goodreads where I can hide the spoilers. I had it narrowed down to two characters as the main perpetrator but have to say I was actually surprised who the baddie turned out to be.
Side note on an unrelated documentary: The musical group Thursday’s Children was focused on in the book, however, Thursday’s Children was also a documentary about the Royal School for the Deaf in Margate, Kent. It won an Academy Award for the Best Documentary Short of 1954. The subject deals with hearing-handicapped children. They learn what words are through exercises and games, practicing lip-reading and finally speech. Richard Burton was the narrator.
It doesn’t appear the name of the fictional band has any relation to the documentary. There isn’t a mention or connection in the novel.
Hot buttered tea cakes
Avocado, arugula, sun –dried tomatoes and hummus on focaccia bread.
A sandwich of goat cheese, tomato and salad leaves.
Butternut squash soup with rolls
Garlic- mushroom soup and eggplant and red pepper flan.
Oysters, scallops with bacon and risotto.
“Reuben cooked only four or five dishes and he served them in rotation. Frieda had eaten them all, over and over again. There was chili con carne, lasagna, baked potatoes with sour cream and grated cheese. Tonight it was pasta with the pesto he bought from the local deli.”
“There was a bowl of thick red soup with dumplings, there was something wrapped in cabbage, large sausages, pickled fish, beetroot salad, chopped potatoes and unfamiliar kind of little mushroom, a huge wheel of bread, small pastries, a whole duck, pancakes………..”
Representative meal is a risotto with wild rice, herbs and bay scallops. A glass of Chardonnay is a great pairing here.
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