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Beauty Beneath the Banyan

by Crystal Fletcher

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This was a stunning read. One which I could not put down, one that I wanted to read straight through from beginning to end. It's also a book that sticks with you after you've finished with it.

I was completely pulled into the book from the beginning pages, and that never went away. I loved how the author had three different narratives, and three different stories being told at once, and I loved how they came together. Arunny's story was the one I liked the least, her story was still a very strong and emotional one, but I didn't connect to her story on the same level as I did with the others. The Grandmother's story from Laos, was probably by favourite. It was such a strong, powerful and heartbreaking story, it was hard to put the book down when her narrative came up - especially when she talked to her Grandchild - I was stunned by the beauty, emotion and what was revealed there. Isra also had an interesting story, she was a very well created character, and her growth throughout the story was extremely well done - all of the characters were - but hers was the most noticeable. There were a few other aspects of Isra's story I enjoyed - but I don't want to spoil anything, but I was often smiling when things started to come together.

The writing was lovely. I think the author managed to create each individual voice for the different narratives wonderfully. Each one was unique, I always felt like I was in the head of that individual character. The writing was also powerful, raw and beautiful at the same time, as the author shows the readers the harsh realities of the war and day to day life for the characters. It brought everything to surface and pulled me into the book, and helped make it a book next to impossible to put down.

Overall this was an extraordinary book.

Also found on my book review blog Jules' Book Reviews - Beauty Beneath the Banyan ( )
  bookwormjules | Oct 27, 2013 |
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