This warm and engaging read caught me by surprise. I read this right after reading The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce and was struck by the similar relatable and comforting prose.
The story is about two men in their twilight years who have to work through darkness in their past to come to a peaceful resolution in their present.
Along with the pleasant and winding narrative that happily pulls you along, are some darker and gritty passages that I, personally, found gave the story and characters more resonance and depth.
Set against a post Soviet-Russian backdrop, Bennett definitely is familiar with her setting and weaves her story around it in a really interesting way. I must admit I did learn a lot about Russia, Siberia and the surrounding areas throughout this story.
Quirky characters, heart-warming relationships and Russian myths…this is one you will remember for a long time.
Definitely worth reading.
About the Author
Andrea Bennett graduated from the University of Sheffield in History & Russian and then spent a good part of the “Yeltsin years” living and working in Russia. On her return to the UK she joined the Civil Service – first at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, then the Department for International Development. A stint in local government followed, and she now works in the charity sector. She lives in Ramsgate, Kent, with her family and dog. Her first novel was Galina Petrovna’s Three-Legged Dog Story. Two Cousins of Avoz , her second novel was released on 13th July 2017. To purchase your own copy click here.
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Big thanks to Harper Collins for offering me an advance copy to read and review.
Thanks for reading!