[Review] Lyrebird

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I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher HarperCollins NZ in exchange for an honest review. 

Quick fire review:

This book was stunning. I have been a fan of Cecelia Ahern ever since  Love, Rosie graced my life.

This book is bursting at the seams with heart and soul and every time Ahern puts pen to paper, beautiful poetry is born.

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Life is in two parts: who you were before you met her, and who you are after.

A documentary crew discover a mysterious young women living alone in the mountains of West Cork. Strikingly beautiful she has an extraordinary talent for mimicry, like the famous Australian Lyrebird. The crew, fascinated, make her the subject of her story, and bestow the nickname upon her.

When they leave, they take Lyrebird with them back to the city. But as she leaves behind her peaceful life to learn about a new world, is she also leaving behind a part of herself? For her new friend Solomon the answer isn’t clear. When you find a rare and precious thing, should you share it – or protect it…

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4 OUT OF 5 STARS

Keeping this short to make sure I don’t spoil the whole damn thing.

Special thanks to HarperCollins NZ for sending me this book for review – it literally made my day.

Before we even jump into the story, can we all just take a second to appreciate how beautiful this cover is? My overflowing bookshelf is glad to have this glorious cover taking up residence on its shelf.

What a premise for a book.

Laura aka the Lyrebird was such a wonderful character; I fell instantly for her. Living a reclusive life in the mountains, Laura is a mysterious lead from the outset and her ability to mimick the natural sounds of the world around her makes her all the more interesting. When a documentary crew stumbles upon Laura thanks to their sound man Soloman, they begin to learn about her history and after realising that she is a sound making queen, they decide to make her the focus of their work.

So begins a heartwarming tale that none of the characters, or myself as a reader, could’ve anticipated.

Every character in this book serves a purpose. They are complex and full of personality and while we don’t get to delve deep into all the characters, the little areas of their being that Ahern does touch on is enough to give you a well rounded look at this cast of misfits.

Like any book, this story isn’t without its faults (predictable ending) but for me, the true enjoyment of this book was Ahern’s lyrical writing. With ease, she has created these dynamic characters and a soulful story that has you laughing, crying and gritting your teeth in anger at various points.

Do yourself a favour and get swept up in Laura, Soloman and this strange little world.

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