Tuesday, 2 June 2015

The Faerie Tree by Jane Cable


From Goodreads

How can a memory so vivid be wrong?

I tried to remember the first time I’d been here and to see the tree through Izzie’s eyes. The oak stood on a rise just above the path; not too tall or wide but graceful and straight, its trunk covered in what I can only describe as offerings – pieces of ribbon, daisy chains, a shell necklace, a tiny doll or two and even an old cuckoo clock.

"Why do people do this?" Izzie asked.
I winked at her. "To say thank you to the fairies."

In the summer of 1986 Robin and Izzie hold hands under The Faerie Tree and wish for a future together. Within hours tragedy rips their dreams apart.

In the winter of 2006, each carrying their own burden of grief, they stumble back into each other’s lives and try to create a second chance. But why are their memories of 1986 so different? And which one of them is right?

With strong themes of paganism, love and grief, The Faerie Tree is a novel as gripping and unputdownable as Jane Cable’s first book, The Cheesemaker’s House, which won the Suspense & Crime category of The Alan Titchmarsh Show’s People’s Novelist competition. It is a story that will resonate with fans of romance, suspense, and folklore.
My thoughts
I gave this a 7/10. My thanks to the Publishers and NetGalley for the chance to read this story in exchange for an honest review.

Robin and Izzie hold hands under the Faerie Tree in 1986, apparently with very few cares n the world. A young couple wth their lives before them, they make a wish for the future and togetherness. Little do they know that in a few hours time their lives will never be the same again.

Jump forward 20 years and their paths are set to cross again. A lot of history has gone under the bridge since they were last together. They have both faced grief in their lives, as they both try to help one another overcome problems in their current lives, they begin to reminisce about the past.

As they talk they realise that their memories differ regarding what happened. As they try to decide whose memory is the correct one, little niggles between them arise. To be honest does it really matter whose memory is the right one?

I enjoyed this one, it's the first story that I've read by Jane Cable. The relationship between Robin and Izzie was a believable one, Robin proved to be a godsend for Izzie in some ways and helped her deal with the loss of a loved one by devoting time to someone in need of help. Perhaps, it was a little soon after her loss but sometimes life works that way.

The Faerie Tree took me back to my childhood, when I was at Primary School we had a tree that we believed the Fairies lived near, etc. We also used to leave things for them and sometimes letters would appear.

A great read to take you away fromn the day to day humdrum.

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