heaven_ali (heaven_ali) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

#128 Season of Secrets - Sally Nicholls (2010)

On a wild and stormy night Molly runs away from her grandparent's house. Her dad has sent her to live there until he Sorts Thing Out at home. In the howling darkness, Molly sees a desperate figure running for his life from a terrifying midnight hunt. He has come to help her. But why? And who is he? SEASON OF SECRETS weaves the tale of a heartbroken child and an age-old legend into a haunting story of love, healing and strange magic.

This was the latest of our book group selections. Certainly it's not a book I would have picked otherwise. It was presented to us as a YA book, it isn't - it is a children's book, an older children's book perhaps but a children's book nonetheless. Nothing wrong with children's books of course, nothing wrong with adults reading them. I think I just struggle reviewing things for which I am not the target audience.

Having said that I thought it was an enjoyable little read. Well written with a sympathetic narrative voice in the recently bereaved Molly. 'Season of secrets' weaves the magical myths which surround ancient tales of The Green Man, with the changing seasons and the grief anger and vulnerability of two young girls who having lost their mother, have been sent away by their father.
I read this in a few hours today (either side of an exhaustive massive shopping trip) and found it a charming easy to curl up with read on an appropriately rainy/blustery day.
I am sure a 12/13 year old girl would love this slightly sad family drama with a hint of magic.

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