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Book Review: The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

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At A Glance : The beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

Genre: Fiction/ Historical Fiction

BUG Rating : 4/5 

Overall: Such a powerful, and emotional read that leaves a lasting impression. For lovers of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, and if you want a book that is going to pull on heart strings, make you gasp and yet feel hopeful – Look no further. 

The Beekeeper of Aleppo is the story of Nuri, a beekeeper in Aleppo, and his wife Afra. The book takes you along their journey from happy times in their beautiful home country through to tragedy and desperation as the war breaks out, and finally, on their journey to England in search of refuge. Nuri and Afra’s story is one of strength and courage, and despite all they go through … they teach us that there is always hope. The story was just incredible! I loved how Christy was able to seamlessly take us through the past and present with some clever writing, everything tied together so beautifully. Loved this book!

Where there are bees, there are flowers, and wherever there are flowers there is new life and hope.

Plot:

In the midst of war, he found love

In the midst of darkness, he found courage

In the midst of tragedy, he found hope

The Beekeeper of Aleppo

What will you find from his story?

Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo – until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape. 

As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss, but dangers that would overwhelm the bravest of souls. Above all – and perhaps this is the hardest thing they face – they must journey to find each other again.


Pros:

+ Story structure/flow was perfect

+ Captivating – I was totally immersed

+ Emotional connection with the characters

Cons:

– Was a section that I felt dragged on a bit around 70% in .. could have been sped up a bit

I received a free advanced copy of this book from Bonnier Zaffre in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. All opinions are my own. 


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