*I was provided with a eARC of this book by the publisher via NetGalley, but my review is all my own opinion and thoughts*
Children’s Fiction, Contemporary, Magical Realism
“Lauren St John’s stunning Christmas classic is about forgotten children, the power of nature to heal us and a girl who will climb mountains in search for a place to call home.
Growing up in vibrant, crowded Nairobi, Makena has only one dream: to climb Mount Kenya like her hero, her mountain guide father. But when her beautiful world is shattered, she finds that in the city’s dark places there are a thousand ways to fall, each more deadly than any crevasse. In a world of strangers, does she dare trust Snow, whose ballet dreams are haunted by a past she’s still running from? And is the sparkling fox friend or foe?
After a fresh start in the Scottish Highlands turns bad, Makena flees to the mountains. But will they betray her or be the making of her?”
Makena is such a great character, throughout this book you see her rise and fall. And in between you see her grow as a character. Everything she goes through effects the way she views people and the way she views the world. I really felt for her the whole time and all I could hope for is that she would end up having a happy ending.
The writing it great. The way the world was build was engrossing and you just felt emotions by every character. The writing kept me reading and it had a hold on me till the very end.
The ending was perfect and it has me in tears afterwards. And that is all I am going to say about it.
To be honest, I think it is best to go into this novel without knowing anything about it. That way you can just be engrossed in this story, because that is the way I went into it. And actually I expected a magical element to it, which I didn’t get, but I wasn’t disappointed with it at all. This story is heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time.
Overall rating: 4/5 stars
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