Mini Reviews and Synopsis
I always find this season, in the run up to Christmas, the perfect time to read feel good books. Ones with happy endings but with thoughtful plots and some tears blended in to enhance the emotions. The three in this post are feel good, emotional, hopeful and wonderful seasonal reads. Read on to find out why these should be added to your TBR pile!
The Soup Movement by Ben Davis
A heart warming chain of events is started with sadness and change. When Jordan moves to a new home to heal and recover from cancer, he is inspired to be kind by best friend Rio. By offering a homeless man his homemade soup one day, a movement is begun to feed and fight for the plight of the homeless people. Jordan’s sister Abi begins tracking this story on Instagram and it creates quite a stir in the community. At times, my heart was wrenched while at others it was joyous and light. Sensitive subjects are not shied away from, in fact they are dealt with head on and in perfect form. Grief, bereavement, childhood illness, homelessness, and the sharing of kindnesses is all featured within the pages of this incredible page turner. A brilliant book to start a new movement across the world- one of sharing kindness, not just during festive periods but all year long! This book disappeared quickly into the hands of a student when the blurb was read aloud!
The Good Bear by Sarah Lean
This was a heart warming and adventurous story filled with important themes of fitting in, family dynamics and animal cruelty. Thea is an honest girl intent on helping the bear with whom she feels a deep connection. The snowy and cold setting of Norway bring the Christmas feel to the story along with Thea’s beautiful relationship with the bear.
Creating a character wanting to write is inspired and will encourage the reader to embark upon their own story, though Thea wants to write on a typewriter (story is set before ipads, mobile phones) and I loved this element and could almost hear the keys banging onto the paper. Both Thea and the bear have trust issues to work through and fear holding them back at times but there is such hope and beauty in this story. Be prepared and read this with a box of tissues as it has some emotional moments.
Otter’s Moon by Susanna Bailey
Divorce is incredibly hard for children of any age and the changes in family life can affect all areas of a child’s life. Luke is finding it isolating being on holiday on a remote Scottish island, and away from his Dad. Finding a friend in Meg, Luke discovers more about himself than he imagined for this holiday. For example, he seems to have an affinity for working with otters, which he helps to rescue. Working together with Meg to save Willow (the young adorable otter, Luke works through some of his emotions and thoughts. Heartwarming and emotional, this book does not shy away from issues involving divorce, anger and friendships. The setting is gorgeous and immediately makes me want to drop everything and find a remote Scottish Island to live on. Beautifully told, this is an exquisite read.