Review: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

24808775Title: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Author: Leslye Walton
Publication Date: 27th March 2014 (Walker Books)
Pages: 301
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Paperback

Links to buy: |Amazon UK| |Waterstones|  |Book Depository|

A mesmerizing, lyrical tale of the bright and dark sides of love and desire.

Foolish love appears to be a Roux family birthright. And for Ava Lavender, a girl born with the wings of a bird, it is an ominous thing to inherit. In her quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to join her peers, Ava ventures into the wider world. But it is a dangerous world for a naive girl – a world which may view her as girl or angel. On the night of the summer solstice celebration, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air and Ava’s journey and her family’s saga reaches a devastating crescendo. First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human. [Goodreads]

I was completely captivated by this book, locked and taken away by the story.

The novel structure is quite peculiar, I admit, but I think that was what kept me going. I can only say it is as if you are reading a family history book. There are parts of the book where Ava narrates the story, yet there are also parts that Walton almost narrates, bringing us away from the Lavender family and bringing us into the lives of those who live around the village. The narration reminded me of the non-fiction novel Wild Swans  by Jung Chang, because like Wild Swans, it follows the story of three daughters in three different generations.

Every generation had an utterly painfully heartbreaking but touching story of their loves and loss through their lives. What I most enjoyed about this novel was how down to earth the relationships, love and losses were. They were beautiful friendships that flourished into romances, which made the loss so much greater. I cannot praise it enough. I felt everything that the characters felt, even the strong hold of hope that Viviane, Ava’s mother, held because ‘love makes us such fools’.

A bit of a short review but I don’t know what else to say other than read this book. Walton has done a beautiful job.

My rating:
I really liked it

4 cup






2 thoughts on “Review: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

    • Yeah, after reading it I was surprised how little I’ve heard about it beforehand. It deserves so much more attention! Thanks for the comment Holly x

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