The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange

The Secret of Nightingale Wood is beautiful book that reminded me of classic children’s books.  In a world of extreme fantasy and adventure, this historical fiction was a breath of fresh air.  Strange beautifully discusses many difficult topics while creating an engaging mystery that kept me guessing until the end.  She deals with war and loss with grace and ease and reminds everyone that it is possible to get through horrible events.  I want more books like this one to come out.

4-stars

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

This is an absolutely beautiful book that makes you laugh one moment and cry the next.  John Boyne tells the story of one man’s life as he grows up in Ireland and tries to move past his life there in order to fully be himself.

The main character of Cyril is so incredibly believable that I kept feeling like I could just run into him on the street on my way to work.  His story helped to explain many different eras of thought in multiple countries.  I learned a lot without feeling like I was being taught.

Boyne is a master of language and every word played a part in this book.  It is beautiful, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful.  An overall great book.

4-stars