Stunning debut novel – a mother connects with her seriously ill child through the medium of storytelling, and a haunting tale from the past
This is a novel about how stories bring magic to our lives. Natalie and Rose are transported to the Atlantic Ocean in 1943, to a lifeboat where an ancestor survived for fifty days. Natalie struggles when nine-year-old daughter Rose is diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and refuses her life-saving injections and blood tests. When they begin dreaming about and seeing a man in a brown suit who feels hauntingly familiar they realise he has something for them – his diary. Only by using her imagination, newspaper clippings, letters and this diary will Natalie share the true story of Grandad Colin’s survival at sea, and help her daughter cope with her illness and, indeed, survive. This is a haunting, beautifully written, tenderly told story that wonderfully weaves together a contemporary story of a mother battling to save her child’s life through the medium storytelling with an extraordinary story of bravery and a fight for survival in the Second World War
Firstly a big thank you to Karen at Orenda books for sending me a copy to review . I had heard rave reviews already from authors and bloggers alike but in all honesty I wasn’t sure what to expect .
The cover doesn’t give much away adding to the intrigue .This storyline is very original and one that will stay with you long after you finish the last page .
Beautifully written especially as a debut book ,it is part biography and part fiction and I love that idea .I think if I was ever brave enough to wrote a book I would weave my life story amongst some imaginary worlds too .
This exceeded my expectation and was a deeply touching read about a mothers love,family history and above all bravery .
You can feel how painful it is both for Natalie and Rose as their worlds are turned upside down ,both headstrong which reminded me of my daughter and I .
The love of books and stories runs through the pages so I could relate to the characters and I love the idea of a book nook ,and just like this family my family all escape through books 🙂
By the end of the book you have to ask who is it who needs to be brave ? And how can we be brave in our own life’s challenges .
It captures the history at the right amount which adds to the delight of the book .
Cleverly written and a exceptional debut novel and look forward to book 2!