Morning lovelies, and welcome to a new week. Today I’ve got two reviews for you! First up, is on the blog tour for Tree Magic by Harriet Springbett, a coming of age YA novel with an original magical storyline….
book blurb & info
A life fractured into parallel worlds. A quiet magic to accept or ignore. A decision to make.
Escape from difficult family dynamics is teenager Rainbow’s desire. When she discovers a strange gift for communicating with trees, she thinks she’s found her salvation. Even better, a mysterious but gentle man living in her Dorset village helps develop her powers.
But when tragedy strikes, Rainbow’s life is torn apart, creating parallel worlds in the process. In one life, the vulnerable Rainbow strives to salvage her family. In the other, her alter-ego, Mary, flees her past. Over the next few years the two versions of Rainbow follow very different lives. The source of their grief, however, is the same – a confession buried deep within their memories.
Could France offer more than a mere escape? As the two worlds draw closer and memories resurface, Rainbow and Mary’s futures must be determined. Can they receive the healing they need? Or will the renewed pain be too much to bear? Only by risking their lives will they know.
Published by: Impress Books on 2nd June 2020
Formats available: Paperback & eBook
Rainbow is a gentle girl who struggles with the dynamics at home. But things start looking up for her one day when she discovers that she has ‘magic hands’ – and can communicate with, and grow trees. Her confession to her Mum is brushed aside and she ends up confiding in Michael, a new man in town…..
But then tragedy strikes and Rainbows world is torn apart, literally. Rainbow splits into two and becomes Rainbow and Mary. Rainbow continues to embrace her gift but Mary rejects it after hearing something her Mum said when she was unconscious. The two of them grow and follow very different paths in life, but then they start getting closer to each other……what will the future hold for them?
Tree Magic is a wonderful original story, and I loved that the gift Rainbow has is communicating with trees! The story follows the life of Rainbow from a toddler, through the whole of her teenage years. But due to the tragedy we also get the viewpoints of Mary – Rainbow’s alter-ego. The story is then told from alternating viewpoints of both characters so the reader can go with them on their journeys of self-discovery. Both characters follow completely different paths so it’s really interesting and heartwarming to see how the grow, and what their lives bring.
This isn’t an action packed story, but more a gentle unravelling of their journeys growing up. It did slow down for me at times throughout the middle, but this may work better the for younger readers who may be going through their own teenage problems, The main thing in this story is the character development, and it’s lovely growing with them both.
There were definitely bits in the story that I didn’t expect! I love an unexpected twist, and this bought a few of them for me. The other thing that I really enjoyed was the vivid descriptions. Springbett has done such a beautiful job of pulling us into the scenes and helping the reader bring the story to life from the page; so much so that at times I wanted to run outside and hug my own tree!
Overall, this is a wonderful original debut and I look forward to reading the sequel! if you’re looking for your next YA read with a hint of magic, some unexpected twists and a journey of growth with the characters then check this out.
about the author
Harriet Springbett’s childhood on a small farm in West Dorset gave her an early exposure to nature, which continues to inspire her writing.
She qualified as an engineer but, during a Raleigh International expedition in Chile, she realised she preferred words to numbers. She abandoned her profession, moved to France, studied French and then worked as a project manager, feature writer, translator and TEFL teacher. She now lives in Poitou-Charentes with her French partner and their teenage children.
Since her first literary success, aged 10, her short stories and poetry have been published in literary journals and placed in writing competitions, including a shortlisting in the 2017 Bath Short Story Award.
Harriet leads writing workshops, has judged the Segora international short story competition and blogs at https://harrietspringbett.wordpress.com
Organised by: Love Books Tours
Thanks to the ladies at Love Books Tours for inviting me on to the tour, and to Harriet and Impress Books for gifting me with a copy of the book. All views and opinions are my own.
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