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    One of the Best Books of the Year!

    There’s a book I come across once in a blue moon that stirs my soul. This is such a book. I was intrigued by the blurb and the cover is beautiful. I kept asking myself while reading it, why have I never heard of this author before? Why hasn’t the Big 5 picked him up? Paul Fischer owns a small bookstore in Australia. He’s struggling to make ends meet while trying very hard not to think about his ex-wife Rachel. A strange phone call by a woman piques Paul’s curiosity. Could it be Rachel? Is she in trouble? A fairy wren pops up at the most unusual times and after a few mishaps, Paul starts to pay attention. Maybe there is something magical about this bird? I loved this book! Have I mentioned that yet? I loved the storytelling abilities of the author, Ashley Capes. I loved being immersed in Australia and his descriptive narration propelled me there without having to book a flight. The author created rich, well-developed characters with problems just like me. They were incredibly relatable with captivating dialogue. The journey of Paul as he tries to find out what this blue bird is trying to tell him touched me in a deep way. If you’re looking for a little magic, read this book! You’ll love the fantasy aspect while chuckling your way through the messes Paul gets himself into. I can’t reveal more… you have to read it for yourself! Favorite Character: Paul. I loved Paul. He’s your typical old-school bookseller (totally relate) trying to figure his life out. He’s not your typical fantasy protagonist and that is one of the reasons why I love him. He’s insecure, still in love with his ex-wife and makes poor choices now and again. In the end, he’s a lot like you and me. Favorite Quote: “I want to be part of her life.” My Rating: 5+ stars
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