Heartbreak and transformation in the beauty of a Ukrainian village
For seven-year old Angela, happiness is exploring the lush countryside around her home in western Ukraine. Her wild imagination takes her into birds and flowers, and into the waters of the river.
All that changes when, one morning, she sees her mother crying. As she tries to find out why, she is drawn on an extraordinary journey into the secrets of her family, and her mother’s fateful choices.
Can Angela lead her mother back to happiness before her innocence is destroyed by the shadows of a dark past?
Beautiful, poetic and richly sensory, this is a tale that will haunt and lift its readers.
“A strange and beautiful novel” – Esther Freud, author of Mr Mac and Me, Hideous Kinky, Peeless Flats
“Readers looking for a classic tale of love and loss will be rewarded with an intoxicating world” – Kirkus Reviews
Publisher: Granite Cloud
Publication date: October 1st 2016
The artwork on the cover of this book is really pretty and entices its readers to explore further. The pages of the book have a nice feel to them and the font used also plays into the readers’ desire to read the story. I started reading and found I enjoyed it the story, a story that spanned three generations – grandmother, mother and daughter/granddaughter. It started like any other story and then the second chapter introduces the daughter’s (Angela) Nightspirit which sounds like a bird and this is where it becomes confusing. I persevered for as long as I could stand to but I found that the further in I got the more confused I became. The confusion came about because there would be a story about Angela talking to her mother (who seemed to be perpetually depressed) and then the next thing the reader knows Angela seems to have become a bird looking after her own brood of children. From this change we then go back to Angela being a normal human girl. This changing from human to bird wasn’t as seamless as it possibly could be so the end effect jarred. In spite of the difficulties I encountered with this book I would be willing to read more books by this author.
Recommend for: Adults