Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Songbirds. My review is written with thanks to Tracy Fenton for inviting me on the tour and to the publisher for my copy of the book via Netgalley.
Yiannis is a poacher, trapping the tiny protected songbirds that stop in Cyprus as they migrate each year from Africa to Europe and selling them on the black market. He dreams of finding a new way of life and of marrying Nisha, who works for Petra and her daughter Angela. Nisha is raising Angela, mothering her own child back in Sri Lanka by the screen of a phone.
When Nisha disappears, Yiannis is convinced he is responsible, paralysed by heartbreak and fear. Petra is forced to care for her child again and when little Angela insists that they find Nisha, she begins to see that Nisha hasn’t simply run away and that no one else will bother to look for her.
With infinite tenderness and skill, Christy Lefteri has crafted a powerful story about the unseen who walk among us, cleaning our homes and caring for our children – what it is to migrate in search of freedom, only to find yourself trapped. Songbirds is a triumphant exploration of loss, the strength of the human spirit and the unbreakable bonds of courage and of love.
I loved The Beekeeper Of Aleppo so I had high hopes for the author’s second novel and it didn’t disappoint. Lefteri has such an amazing way with words and I was mesmerised by her use of language.
But Lefteri also writes a compelling story. I was really touched by Nisha’s story and I was fascinated to learn more about the way the maids were treated. There are parts of her story that are difficult to read as Lefteri examines some sensitive subjects, although she writes in an emotive way that makes the reader think more deeply about the issues she raises. I was fully engaged in this novel from start to finish and I really wanted to know what had happened to Nisha.
Each chapter is written from the perspective of a different character and this gives the reader the opportunity to get to know them. Each character is really well developed and I appreciated spending time with them.
Songbirds also looks at the issue of poaching. This is a subject I know very little about and I appreciated the opportunity to learn more and understand the impact of this practice upon both the birds and those involved in it. The songbirds are also a metaphor for the women in this novel and the parallels between them also gave me a great deal to think about.
Songbirds is available from Amazon.
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