Hello, Book Dragons! Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for Songbirds By Christy Lefteri and I would like to share a review, with all of you. Thank you very much to Tracy from Compulsive Readers for the invitation. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Thank You very much to the publisher – Manilla Press and Netgalley for the review copy.
Genre: General Fiction
Release date: 08 07 2021
Price*: Kindle £7.19 (GBP)/ Paperback £14.58 (GBP)
Kindle $13.99 (USD)/ Hardback $23.99 (USD)
Pages: ~ 400
My rating: Really liked it.
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What I learned from this book: That Cyprus is not a nice place to work as an immigrant.
Description of the book: Nisha has crossed oceans to give her child a future. By day she cares for Petra’s daughter; at night she mothers her own little girl by the light of a phone.
Nisha’s lover, Yiannis, is a poacher, hunting the tiny songbirds on their way to Africa each winter. His dreams of a new life, and of marrying Nisha, are shattered when she vanishes.
No one cares about the disappearance of a domestic worker, except Petra and Yiannis. As they set out to search for her, they realise how little they know about Nisha. What they uncover will change them all.
How this book made me feel: I heard nothing but praises for The Beekeeper Of Aleppo, but unfortunately I did not have the time to read it. 😦 I was very curious after reading the blurb of this book. The book sounds mysterious and intriguing, but what I got was way more than a mystery.
This story is told by Petra and Yannis. Petra is Nisha’s employer, and Yannis is Nisha’s secret boyfriend. These two characters are sharing their stories about Nisha, Yannis is sharing it as a boyfriend, and Petra as a woman, who’s maid has disappeared. So Nisha is a protagonist of this story, even though she is not there to tell it herself. I really liked how all the characters unfolded in this book, they have such a different view of Nisha. Patra sees her as a thing that she owns, and I could not stand this kind of attitude. I really appreciate her journey towards the realisation that Nisha was a human, with feelings and a past. Yannis, on the other hand, is able to show us the true Nisha, even though I really did not like his poaching descriptions. I hope that Cyprus does not actually have such a horrible attitude towards immigrants, it is very sad to see such behaviour and disrespect to humans and their lives. 😦
The plot of this book is pretty slow, and not many twists or turns are happening. However, the whole story flows very smoothly, like a refreshing stream through mountains. I was very absorbed by this story and was very keen to find out, what actually happened to Nisha. There are so many gory details about body decomposition and hunting of animals, that left me angry and upset on many occasions. The topics discussed in this book are modern slavery, lack of basic human rights, poaching, mother-daughter relationship, miscarriage, a life of an immigrant, friendships, illegal hunting, and many more.
The writing style of this book is stunning! It is filled with lyrical and poetic descriptions of places and events that made this book so beautiful, exotic and heartbreaking. The setting keeps constantly changing depending on the character. The chapters have medium length, but the story was so engrossing, that the pages just flew by for me. The ending of this book was a little predictable but still, the author rounded this book very well. I have to throw in a disclaimer that this book is full of triggers, and most probably you will wipe a tear or two. 😉
So, to conclude, it is a beautifully written novel, filled with complex and layered characters as well as a plot that is very absorbing but cruel and heartbreaking at the same time. I really liked this book, I know that it will stay with me for a while, and I would strongly recommend it to someone who missed a good read. Hope you will give it a go and would love it as much as I did. Enjoy!
Thank You for Your time! ❤
About the author: Brought up in London, Christy Lefteri is the child of Cypriot refugees. She is a lecturer in creative writing at Brunel University. The Beekeeper of Aleppo was born out of her time working as a volunteer at a Unicef supported refugee centre in Athens.
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