Title: Ghostbird Author: Carol Lovekin Publisher: Honno Press Published: 17th March 2016 Pages: 340 Format: Paperback Source:: Review Copy Add It:Goodreads, Amazon UK
Summary: Nothing hurts like not knowing who you are.
Nobody will tell Cadi anything about her father and her sister. Her mother Violet believes she can only cope with the past by never talking about it. Lili, Cadi’s aunt, is stuck in the middle, bound by a promise she shouldn’t have made. But this summer, Cadi is determined to find out the truth.
In a world of hauntings and magic, in a village where it rains throughout August, as Cadi starts on her search, the secrets and the ghosts begin to wake up. None of the Hopkins women will be able to escape them.
The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover. It is absolutely gorgeous. It’s full of mystery and intrigue, and having now read the book, really feel it fits too. After seeing the cover, it was the synopsis that got me to read the book. Which I am glad I did. It was a very unique and interesting story full of emotions, mystery and intrigue. While I had a few issues with it, I did overall like the book and would happily recommend it to others. Essentially this book left me feeling full of hope and happiness, and feeling like I had just finished a very magical book.
One of the first problems I had with this book is that it took me a while to get into it. It has a bit of a slow start and feels very confusing to begin with. This is, in most part, to do with the writing style of the author so eventually this got a lot easier to read as I got used to the style. The plot was very fascintating to read about and I loved following the story of the characters’ lives. I loved how it twisted and turned and how it all ended too. It was a really magical and moving story about family, friendship and love.
The characters in the book are all really well-written with intricate backgrounds and unique personalities. I found Cadi to be a very interesting character and I really connected with her as she struggled to understand where she came from and who that made her. I also really liked Lili. She was a fascinating character, strong and resiliant too. Caught in the middle of things and just wanting the best for her neice. And then there’s Violet who has so much burden on her shoulders and struggles to just get by. She’s done what she thinks is best but also what she can cope with. She was a very interesting character to read about. I loved how all the character journey’s came together at the end.
While this book wasn’t my favourite book, I did enjoy reading it and am still very glad that I did. I feel that some of the problem with my connection to the book stems from not coming from a Welsh background nor knowing much about Welsh communities. I also normally love ghost stories but really struggled with the ghost aspects of this book. I have a feeling it is stemmed in a Welsh myth and this, again, is not something I’m familiar with. However, saying that, I did love the way the ghost pulled the story forward and connected everything. I loved everything else about the story and was so moved by the ending. It did leave me feeling full of hope. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a unique story that is essentially uplifting and focuses on family.
** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **
Carol Lovekin was born in Warwickshire. She has Irish blood and a Welsh heart, and has lived in mid Wales for 36 years. She has worked as a cleaner, a freelance journalist, a counsellor, a legal secretary and a shop assistant. She began writing with a view to publication in her late fifties has published short stories, reviews and is a prolific letter writer. She has been blogging for over nine years. Ghostbird is her first traditionally published novel.