Day seventeen in my series showcasing my top reads of 2018, following the innovative #bookvent idea from Jen Lucas of Jen Med’s Book Reviews.
There is a special beauty to this writing that captivates, entrances, and really makes you care about the characters. I think the reason the prose is so rich and rewarding is that she is able to find the extraordinary in the ordinary; to take a story that could easily happen anywhere and weave it into a magical story of love, life and heartfelt emotion that is nothing less than epic.
Which book is behind Door no 17?
Long ago, Andrew made a childhood wish, and kept it in a silver box. When it finally comes true, he wishes he hadn’t…
Long ago, Ben made a promise and he had a dream: to travel to Africa to volunteer at a lion reserve. When he finally makes it, it isn’t for the reasons he imagined…
Ben and Andrew keep meeting in unexpected places, and the intense relationship that develops seems to be guided by fate. Or is it?
What if the very thing that draws them together is tainted by past secrets that threaten everything?
A dark, consuming drama that shifts from Zimbabwe to England, and then back into the past, The Lion Tamer Who Lost is also a devastatingly beautiful love story, with a tragic heart.
This was such an easy decision, as this book may just be my book of the year (vying with Putney). The combination of tender, poignant writing, great characterisation and rich, sumptuous prose is absolutely irresistible.
I loved this book and the story just had to be told. Louise Beech is a consummate storyteller and this book is absolute proof of that.
You can read my review here