Beneath Pale Water by Thalia Henry – Book Review

Beneath Pale Water by Thalia Henry is a beautifully written fiction. I really liked the style of the author, placing the events in a strategic manner challenging the reader to guess what could be the next scene.

Delia is a young sculptor from Kurow. She is still grieving the loss of her lover Ben when she meets Luke, a wanderer and somehow looks like a twin to Ben. Luke who always dreamed of freedom and who always wanted to be a nomad, feels drawn to Delia.

Jane who is a model for Delia’s sculptures plays a very important role. She is also someone who is in love with Luke but the feelings are not reciprocated by Luke.

Delia’s mother, Helen, loves her daughter immensely and wants to protect her from all the harm and Luke’s father, Alfred, loves his son in his own way.

Thalia wove the story in an extremely beautiful way. The craving for love, freedom and the games that our minds play to have them are depicted in this book in a very unique way. Coming to the geography of the place where this story is set, I must say, I fell in love. The cherry orchards, Lake Aviemore, Ahuriri river, I won’t be lying if I said the images are engraved in my brain now after reading the detailing in the book. I badly want to visit Aoraki before I die.

I loved this book. It is a very different love story and it has a subtle pain to it that will haunt you even after turning the last page.

The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals by Becky Mandelbaum – Book Review

The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals by Becky Mandelbaum is a literary fiction. The story is about The Bright Side Sanctuary in St Clare run by Mona. The story has a wonderful way of bringing a buried sensible side of the reader. Mona and her daughter Ariel whose relationship is ruined after Ariel decides to leave the sanctuary six years ago, get a second chance to fix the damage. 

Mona’s love for animals makes my heart ache. Ariel who is living a different life with Dex in Lawrence, comes back after hearing about the fire at the sanctuary. The mother daughter relationship is beautiful in a unique way. Ariel’s first love Gideon and the current love Dex who are complete opposites become friends in strange circumstances. 

The story is basically the contradiction Ariel is experiencing between her current life and her life at the sanctuary. There is love, friendship, hope, forgiveness and letting go. If you are an animal lover, this book brings new meaning to your love for animals. I loved the author’s way of putting a bigger picture in front of the reader. I totally enjoyed reading this book. 

Thanks to Edelweiss and Simon & Schuster for sharing the ARC copy with me. The book is releasing on August 4th, 2020.

The Girl Who Cheated Death by Alan Baker – Book Review

The Girl Who Cheated Death by Alan Baker is a thriller which is very intriguing. The story is about a happy teenager, Alexandra who suddenly loses her family in an accident while she the lone survivor. 

Alex starts questioning her own sanity when she sees a strange figure who goes around capturing souls from dying people. Nobody believes her story but finally she finds her friend Carl and Dr. Khan on her side. The frequent encounters from the Angel of Death Azrael scare her to death. Alex travels back in time when she accidentally changes an event in future. Eventually, she figures the reason behind the visits of Azrael. 

Alex decides to bring her family back by changing an event in future. The story is a little complicated. The theory of Newcomb’s paradox is applied in the story. 

I enjoyed the story. I received the book’s free copy in return for a review from #NetGalley. Thanks to #BooksGoSocial for sharing this book with me. The story, the female lead, the paranormal side and the suspense are a huge plus to this story. 

The Unwanted Wife by Natasha Anders – Book Review

The Unwanted Wife by Natasha Anders is a contemporary romantic fiction. Theresa and Alessandro are a beautiful couple who come together in a marriage full of conditions. Though the chemistry between them is amazing, Alessandro feels suffocated in the marriage. Theresa who is madly in love with Alessandro tries her best to make the good wife.

When Alessandro understands that Theresa has no idea about her father’s evil intentions, Alessandro decides to give the marriage another shot but Theresa is heart broken by then. The story is beautiful and I cried a lot reading this cute story. The author definitely is on my top 10 list of favorite authors. 

The pace of the story is very smooth and as a reader, I fell in love with both the lead characters. The detailing, scenes and story line are very well executed by the author. So much love to her. A must read for romantic book lovers.

Lean Against This Late Hour by Garous Abdolmalekian – Book Review

Lean Against This Late Hour by Garous Abdolmalekian is divine. I am literally trying to come up with a word that might precisely explain the way I’m feeling right now, after reading this book. I’ve read thousands of books but this one is out of this world. Each and every poem is a master piece. If the poems are so beautiful after being translated to English, I can only imagine how wonderful they would be like in the originally written Persian language. Idra Novey and Ahmad Nadalizadeh did a great job with the translation. I completed reading this book in just an hour and I re-read immediately. I cried after I finished reading the poems.

The author has described the current world where we are residing in an excellent way. Anyone who reads these poems will be a transformed person. I feel like I was reborn after reading them. I really am not allowed to say more but my heart is so full right now. I am in love with the poet.

I feel honored to be able to read this book. Thank you so much Penguin Random House Publications for sharing the Advance Reviewers Copy with me. The book is going to be published in April, 2020. I suggest every single human being to read this book without any age limit.