My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Faerie Tree is a contemporary family relationships drama. It is primarily set in the county of Hampshire. We meet Izzie and her daughter Claire just before Christmas, this will be their first Christmas without Conner, husband and father, who died a few months ago. Everything is still very raw, both are trying to be strong for each other.
By chance Izzie bumps into a tramp in Winchester and realises it’s Robin, a man she hasn’t seen for twenty years. Back in 1986 Robin was an office manager and Izzie sold stationary, they were just beginning a romance when Robin disappeared from Izzie’s life and left her desperate and alone.
Curious to know what happened in the intervening years Izzie searches for Robin, finding him in the hospital. When it’s time for him to leave she offers him a place to stay.
Central to the plot is The Faerie tree, a tree in the woods where all sorts of people go in search of wishes being granted, they leave ribbons, messages, money and other gifts for the fairy folk. Robin took Izzie to the tree the day before disaster struck for their relationship.
After the great storm of 1987 which swept Britain, Robin returned to the Faerie tree to make sure it was undamaged and in doing so he found a friend and began a new chapter of his life. Jennifer understood that Robin was suffering from depression and she became like a Mum to him helping him build back his life.
When Izzie finds Robin’s again, he’s recently suffered another huge blow and has dealt with it in the only way he knows how. They try to re-build their relationship but it struggles because of the grief that they both still hold.
This is a very emotional book, with several twists and turns, at one time I thought there were gaps in the storyline which didn’t add up but this all comes full circle as the story continues and you get a greater understanding of the characters. A very good read.
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HOW CAN A MEMORY SO VIVID BE WRONG?
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 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?
JANE CABLE’S THE FAERIE TREE IS LAUNCHED ON 21ST MARCH AND TO CELEBRATE THERE WILL BE A FAB BLOG TOUR:
22nd March: Random Things Through My Letterbox – author Q&A http://randomthingsthroughmyletterbox.blogspot.co.uk/
23rd March: Rosie Amber – review https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/
24th March: Liz Loves Books – the settings & scenery of The Faerie Tree http://lizlovesbooks.com/
25th March: My Reading Corner – the faerie tree itself and book giveaway http://myreading-corner.blogspot.co.uk/
26th March: Crooks on Books – author interview http://crooksonbooks.blogspot.co.uk/
28th March: Jaffa Reads Too – the inspiration for The Faerie Tree and book giveaway http://jaffareadstoo.blogspot.co.uk/
29th March: Being Anne – second chances http://beingannereading.blogspot.co.uk/
31st March: Beadyjan’s Books – writing with women in mind http://beadyjansbooks.blogspot.co.uk/