"Insightful character study"
In 1964 Wynnemoor, Pennsylvania, nine-year-old Jane MacLeod
escapes from her unhappily married parents by writing about
happy families coming together. However, on the night the
Beatles appear on TV, her mother unable to stand the way
her surgeon husband constantly deserts her to care for his
patients, takes the children and leaves. Jane blames
herself because she informed her father the phone was off
the hook, something her mother did to keep the hospital
Now in her mid twenties, Jane is visiting London, heeding
the advice of her grandmother to always THINK OF ENGLAND
when depressed. She makes friends there, but feels guilt
from what she caused to her family. Jane remains
disconnected and still yearning for a happy family.
Thirty-six, Jane is a single mother of nine-year old
Emily. At her mother's sixty-fifth birthday bash, Jane and
her mother discuss that fateful day for the first time
since it happened. Jane begins to finally come to grips
with the underlying cause of why she lives a life filled
with guilt. Perhaps now she can heal and shower the love
of a happy family on her child?
THINK OF ENGLAND is at its best when Jane takes center
stage, as she is a wonderfully complex character. When the
story line places her in a back seat (during the middle
years), the tale loses focus spinning in a different
direction. However, the plot rights itself for the final
segment. Alice Elliot Dart's tale is a well written
character study that is intended for those who want to know
the answer to is that all there is?
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 12, 2002