I had heard a lot of good reviews of this book from Instagram and other places and I found it as part of The Works’ 3 for £5 so I thought it would be a good time to give it a try!
Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live happily in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo – until the unthinkable happens and they are forced to flee.
But what Afra has seen is so terrible she has gone blind, and so they must embark on a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece towards an uncertain future in Britain.
As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss, but dangers that would overwhelm the bravest of souls. Above all – and perhaps this is the hardest thing they face – they must journey to find each other again.
The story itself was moving, beautiful and filled with emotion. You were rooting for Nuri and Afra the whole time and it breaks your heart to hear of the events they go through. This isn’s a true story however it is based around stories the writer was told about, from refugees which makes it all the more raw.
I really enjoyed the character development as we saw flashbacks of their life before they were hit by the war. This really gave the couple more depth and realism. There were times, I must admit, that I had to stop for a few minutes to absorb what I had read, as the events at times were so shocking, that as a 1st world civilian you can’t always comprehend.
This book opens your eyes to the reality of refugees and wars and just how stressful it can be for immigrants trying to find a new home. It not only shows you the physical effects but the emotional ones as well which makes it all the more hard hitting.
I could sit here and say that not much happened action wise, but in reality this is what happens. Immigrants may well be waiting around for a long time to start the next leg of the journey and there would have been a lot of nothing in between these steps… if they were lucky. If they weren’t these breaks on their journey could have been filled with stressful and terrifying events as we saw in the book.
I would definitely recommend this novel if you are into stories of immigration, war and historical fiction. I hadn’t read any stories based in Aleppo before so it was fascinating reading about a different war.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ – beautiful, heart-felt read, had me in tears a few times
Have you read this book? What did you think?
Let me know in the comments below.
Much love 💜