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#BookReview The Woman With Wings By James MacManus #12ReviewsOfXmas


download.jpgPublisher: Endeavour Quill
ISBN13: 9781911445760
Genre:  Contemporary
Release date: 07 11 2019
Price*: Kindle £1.99 (GBP)/  Paperback £7.99 (GBP)
Kindle $2.61 (USD)/ Paperback $15.00 (USD)
Pages: ~ 320
My rating: 5/10
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What I learned from this book: I learned about birds and science geniuses.

Description of the book: In this heart-warming tale of female empowerment, a young woman comes to terms with the revelation that she may be able to fly.

Alison Spedding is a loner; no real friends, no boyfriend and a job in which she goes unnoticed. At thirty-two, her only passion is birdwatching.

One afternoon, high on a Scottish mountain, earnestly waiting for the rarest of sights a white-tailed eagle returning to its nest she slips, falling silently. In shock, her fellow twitchers return to the hostel to raise the alarm, heavy with the realisation that she must be dead. What they find shocks them even more. Alison is already there, alive and unscathed…

Further similar episodes cause Alison s grip on reality to slip, her mind spiralling towards breaking point. In her dreams, she sees a huge shadow on the ground, as if there was a creature above her, a creature with huge wings…

Her infatuated colleague Jed is concerned. Can he intervene before Alison finally loses control?

This is an extraordinary novel, exploring one woman s identity whilst posing universal questions: Who is she? Where does she belong? And must she accept her fate, or can she spread her wings and be free at last?

How this book made me feel: I really loved the cover of this book, I thought it is going to be a fantasy book, it kind of was and wasn’t at the same time. To be honest, I didn’t get half of the things the author wanted to say in it, and I have a million questions churning in my head.

Alison works in the international advertising company as an IT specialist, and she loves bird watching. During one of her trips, she falls off the mountain but survives. I liked Alison as a person, she is a loner, and she is doing what she loves. She is like every other female in London, only she gets wings from somewhere. Alison has a great friend Jed, who likes and supports her, and a rich executive of the company named Doxat that fancies her, so this book could’ve been a great romantic novel, and those wings ruined it for me. The story was told from multiple perspectives, but the transition between those perspectives was quite blurry, I would’ve liked if different thoughts started as a different chapter.

Alison talks a lot about birds and their migration, it is great to know about this, especially because Alison’s true passion is birds, but I was skim-reading them because I don’t like copy-paste material. I am sure, bird enthusiasts will enjoy the information, and I can see the research put into that, but those parts were not for me. Another thing that did not make sense to me were parts about Kurt Godel and his mathematical calculations regarding time traveling. There were pages and pages about the same thing, which was well researched and very philosophical, but at the same time repetitive and felt like pasted there out of Wikipedia. :/ I liked the way Alison was interacting with other characters, and there was an interesting love triangle going on in there, but that’s about it.

I was not a very big fan of the writing style of this novel, it seemed well researched, and poetic, but at the same time, it felt raw and unfinished. The setting of this book was changing between London and remote places of the UK like Skye, and I enjoyed its picturesque views. The chapters were quite long, and the narrative quite jumpy. The culmination of this novel didn’t make any sense to me and left me with million of questions instead of answers. :/

So, to conclude, this book was not for me. It has interesting characters, and I enjoyed their relationships with each other, and this book has great potential, but the plot didn’t really impress me. I think this book might interest a bird-loving community as well as people who enjoy philosophy. Do give this book a go, and I hope you will like it. 🙂

Thank You for Your time! ❤


51QTtUz2b2L._US230_.jpgAbout the author: James MacManus is the Managing Director of the Times Literary Supplement and the author of six books. After a lifelong career as a journalist, which included many years as a foreign correspondent in Africa and the Middle East, James launched a parallel career as an author in 2005. His historical fiction novels, the last two set around WWII, have won praise from critics in the UK and the US, especially for the quality of the research and the narrative strength of the stories.

Website: / Twitter: @JMacManusBooks

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