I received an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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.
Initially I couldn’t put this book down, I loved how the book tells you a story both from Robin’s and Izzies POV, how they find each other after all those years and set about getting to know each other again. Robin’s life is going reasonably well until everything turns to pieces, he runs away and loses touch with everyone – its his way of dealing with things. He switches off from the world he knew and basically tries to start again. Every path he takes though inevitably leads him back to Izzie.
Izzie moves on, gets married, has a child and then starts to lose it when her husband dies. She bumps into a homeless man on the street and instantly recognizes him as her long-lost love Robin. She can’t just pretend she didn’t see him and sets out to find him again. It’s a really romantic tale.
The book is an easy read but I did find Izzie a tad bit irritating at times and that’s where my interest started to dwindle. Overall though it’s a great book if you love romance, suspense and folklore (as the blurb states) and I would give this book 3 stars.