The Barter

The Barter A heart stopping tale as provocative as is suspenseful about two conflicted women separated by one hundred years and bound by an unthinkable sacrifice The Barter is a ghost story and a love story

  • Title: The Barter
  • Author: Siobhan Adcock
  • ISBN: 9780525954224
  • Page: 467
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A heart stopping tale as provocative as is suspenseful, about two conflicted women, separated by one hundred years, and bound by an unthinkable sacrifice The Barter is a ghost story and a love story, a riveting emotional tale that also explores motherhood and work and feminism Set in Texas, in present day, and at the turn of the twentieth century, the novel follows two yA heart stopping tale as provocative as is suspenseful, about two conflicted women, separated by one hundred years, and bound by an unthinkable sacrifice The Barter is a ghost story and a love story, a riveting emotional tale that also explores motherhood and work and feminism Set in Texas, in present day, and at the turn of the twentieth century, the novel follows two young mothers at the turning point of their lives.Bridget has given up her career as an attorney to raise her daughter, joining a cadre of stay at home mothers seeking fulfillment in a quiet suburb But for Bridget, some crucial part of the exchange is absent Something she loves and needs And now a terrifying presence has entered her home only nobody but Bridget can feel it.On a farm in 1902, a young city bride takes a farmer husband The marriage bed will become both crucible and anvil as Rebecca first allows, then negates, the powerful erotic connection between them She turns her back on John to give all her love to their child Much will occur in this cold house, none of it good.As Siobhan Adcock crosscuts these stories with mounting tension, each woman arrives at a terrible ordeal of her own making, tinged with love and fear and dread What will they sacrifice to save their families and themselves Readers will slow down to enjoy the gorgeous language, then speed up to see what happens next in a plot that thrums with the weight of decision and its explosive consequences.

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    1. when is a ghost story not a ghost story??why, right here!this is another one of those books that is decent enough, but i am the wrong audience to appreciate it fullyis book is comprised of two different narrative threads set in the same part of texas, one hundred years apart, following the domestic/maternal struggles of frustrated womene modern-day story is mostly great - bridget is a woman who has sacrificed her successful career in law to stay home and raise her daughter julie while her husban [...]

    2. Two women, living one hundred years apart, both unhappy with their lives for very different reasons. I thoroughly dig a good ghostly tale, but this one did not strike a chord with me. In present day, the mommy groups and playdates for the kiddies were cloying and an irritant in a book that should be at least a bit on the eerie side. The house that, er, houses the ghost is virtually brand new. Suffice it to say, the ghost of whomever did not expire in that location. The story in time past worked [...]

    3. Beautiful writing makes this debut novel a joy to read.That being sad, the plot was thin in places and the 'ghost' weakly portrayed.The dual storylines were well rendered - my favorite was the historical storyline featuring Rebecca, a doctor's daughter who marries a farmer in 1902.Essentially women's fiction, the novel explores the issue of whether you can really 'have it all', or whether something has to be 'bartered' to achieve itMy FULL REVIEW of this novel can be found on my blog: fictionoph [...]

    4. This book was horrible. Boring, banal and down right disappointing. The female characters are one dimensional and awfully portrayed. Did not finish this book, it was too painful to go on!

    5. I was left confused as to what the author may have been trying to accomplish with this story. I gave it my full attention to the very end and was left highly disappointed. This book covers the lives of two different women in different eras, with back-to-back chapters alternating between each story. The start was slow moving with the life of Bridget who recently gave up her career as an attorney to be at home with her now ten month old daughter, Julie. The author brings a ghost into her home and [...]

    6. I stumbled upon this book while enjoying a rare afternoon alone, ironically. I wasn't sure I'd like it, but I decided to take a chance - and I'm glad I did. The title of this book isBarter ; I'd say the overwhelming theme is negotiation. It's' about the negotiations a woman makes throughout her life - through marriage, through career, through motherhood. What makes this a novel is it's about two women who make different types of negotiations given their historical and situational circumstances. [...]

    7. The ghost appears on page four. Bridget sits up with her fussy, ten-month-old daughter. First there is a swampy odor, and the the unstable white shape appears. Bridget sees that the ghost itself is a woman inside this shroud of static. She has dead black eyes and a mouth that opens onto a chasm of terrific hunger and need.Bridget has given up her legal career to become a full-time mom. He husband works what she has come to consider suspiciously long hours at a game development company. They live [...]

    8. This book was slow to start but then it picked up. I loved the depth of the characters. Neither of these ladies is in a typical marriage and their stories are interesting, although a bit slow at times. The relationships between these two woman separated by decades have some things in common, they are both lost in their roles as mother and wives. I found The Barter an enjoyable read by about chapter 4. The ghost in this book was not very believable, but I guess everyone’s ghost story is unique. [...]

    9. This book was beautifully and hauntingly written, the latter description being especially apt. I've read other reviews claiming this is not "really" a ghost story, but it's enough of one that I would not read it in the house alone at night, and that the image of the spectral woman haunting the protagonist continues to linger in my mind weeks after I've finished the book.Rather than say that this isn't "really" a ghost story, I feel that it is really much MORE than a ghost story. And that's why i [...]

    10. I enjoyed this book. It kept me constantly thinking 'why the name?' which I didn't understand until the end of the book, which was a perfect ending.The story is about 2 different women, separated by a century. Both women are not the generally accepted 'woman of the times' personality, although Bridget's choice is one many many women choose, but a same number of many many women make the opposite choice. Rebecca makes a 'standard' choice of marriage but what happens after that was a big shock to t [...]

    11. Buy this book HERE for CHEAP with FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPINGI received an advanced reader's edition of this book from Penguin through a galley giveaway for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 1 of 5 stars. As soon as I started The Barter, I knew, that it would not be a book that would not end up being my cup of tea. I liked how The Barter was 2 love stories told in 2 separate time periods, but felt the ghost aspect of the book was rather over exaggerated. I never finishe [...]

    12. "Riveting." "Explosive." I really don't know what they're talking about. Because it seemed as if the book led me up to a climax—and then went completely flat. Okay, yes, there are moments of real tension in the book, those moments when you're glad there's someone else in the house as you read, but they can't stand against the disappointing ending. Not that I'm even sure what happens at the end. What was the ghost, thing, whatever you want to call it, haunting Bridget's home? And why? You never [...]

    13. This is a ghost story that isn't at all scary. (So basically it's a ghost story for people who are pretty sure they don't actually want to read a ghost story.)It's told from altering perspectives (Bridget in present day; Rebecca in the early 1900s) and each are women who are married with young children. Bridget's marriage is happy; Rebecca's much less so. The story deals with the sacrifices the women are (and are not) making for their families.I think there's a lot here to discuss and I would es [...]

    14. Perhaps 3.5 stars.I enjoyed this book, but was hoping for a better ending. I won't give any spoilers, but I'll just say I was disappointed because it had a lot of potential leading up to the end. My favorite parts of this book were actually the passages from the early 20th century about Rebecca and her farmer husband -- I both loved and hated their relationship and struggles. On the other hand, I found Bridget's story to be quite annoying. She was annoying, her husband got the blame for everythi [...]

    15. Did I enjoy this book: I loved the back and forth. I loved reading about how much (and how little) changes for wives and mothers after a hundred years, and I liked Adcock’s characters (though at times I did want to reach through the pages and give Bridget a good slap). I did not, however, like the supernatural aspects of the story – they were distracting at their best and downright confusing at their worst. I love ghost stories, but I think this book would have worked much better without any [...]

    16. The 1902 story was more enjoyable that the present day one. However, I read to the end to find the connection between the two and either missed it or it wasn't clear. I kept waiting for the connection to be made and then the story ended.It was spooky, but I couldn't figure out who that spirit was.

    17. Motherhood is haunting in Siobhan Adcock's beautifully written and paced ghost story. Two mothers, a century apart, each conflicted about her own role as devoted wife and parent in the culture and time she lives in. Not sure whether the ghosts are spookier or the over-programmed suburban mommies.

    18. I wasn't sure how the two story lines that make up this book would come together, but once they did (at the end), I was quite pleased with the way the stories merged. Interesting choice, though, to have a story about female empowerment end with male perspectives

    19. Thanks to and dutton publishers who shared this wonderful historical ghost story with me. Modern day intelligent new mom Bridget is visited by a past spirit who turns her life and marriage upside down.

    20. This was not a book to give you chills, or make you afraid of the dark. It was a dull, but fairly quick read of bored housewives. There were some nice thoughts motherhood, but on the whole, not a very good story.

    21. In my experience there are two types of books that make you feel a bit anxious as you reach the end: books that are so good that I dread when I've finished it because there's nothing left and books that feel like they don't have enough time to settle things in a satisfying way. The Barter, unfortunately, is the latter of these two.And uh spoilers I was right to feel worried.So the story follows two women, mothers with troubled marriages, one in modern times and the other in the early 1900s. Brid [...]

    22. The story line was fresh and unique, a woman from 100 years ago haunting a woman now, and the author even made it pretty believable. There were some really good scenes and times of anticipation where I was excited to find out "what would happen next", but there was also too much of the every day grind stuff. A bit too much on daily life with a baby from one woman, and too much daily life on the farm from the other. The book seemed to get more exciting on the last 100 pages or so and I was hoping [...]

    23. I had to stop reading it was so badere was little character development and the plot development was so slow i didn't care to stick it out.

    24. I don't know if I stopped listening or what but with about 10 minutes left to go I lost the thread. Also really don't get the whole give up an hour thing.

    25. I would like to thank Dutton Publishers, for my advance review copy of The Barter, by Siobhan Adcock.The Barter is a deceptively easy read with an ambitious scope. This debut novel follows two women, living 100 years apart in Texas. Rebecca is a German immigrant who has led a life of (relative) luxury in town with her father and elderly aunt. She marries her childhood friend John, a farmer, and they begin the stark, demanding task of living off the land. The second woman is Bridget, a young moth [...]

    26. Bridget is a 21st-century mother in suburban Texas (wish I made note of the city) who “opted out” of her law career to stay home with her daughter Julie, while her husband Mark is the sole breadwinner working 24/7 for a game publisher. 20-year old Rebecca lived in the same location 100 years earlier, a city gal turned farmer’s wife who can only be described as dysfunctional if not outright mentally ill. The book starts with Bridget up late in the dark with her 10-month old daughter, anxiou [...]

    27. 2.5 star readBridget is a stay-at-home mom. She worked for years as an attorney but now spends her time devoted to her daughter Julia. Bridget loves being at home with her daughter but her thoughts have recently turned to the macabre and she thinks about the unimaginable, death. Is it possible that her thoughts have manifested a ghost in their home? What makes the situation even more bizarre is that her husband, Mark, doesn't seem able to see the ghost. Their home is newly constructed, so how is [...]

    28. Motherhood. That all sacred experience and bond with another person. Ghosts. Those spectral beings whose existence is often contested and hardly understood. Bring these two concepts together and you get Siobhan Adcock's debut novel The Barter.To read this, and other book reviews, visit my website:jenpaul13.wix/makinggoodst.Two mothers a century apart in strained marriages and with infant children struggle to maintain their identity. In contemporary times, Bridget is a former attorney who quit wo [...]

    29. I won The Barter by Siobhan Adcock from a giveaway. I received a free copy of the First Read for an honest review. I love ghost stories and a ghost story that delves into two different time periods intrigued me. That said, I didn't care for it.The story is well written and does pull the reader in instantly, but when the "horror" of the ghost appears, it's not that horrific. It seems more like the delusions of a woman going through post partum blues and just isn't the type of woman who should be [...]

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