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Warms the soul...
10 January 2017
I am a massive Cecilia Ahern fan, although I have to admit for some reason I did not initially engage with this Cecelia Ahern novel in the way I normally do with her books. They all have a sense of whimsical meets reality about them but this is a particularly unusual story. In fact, you have to suspend belief somewhat to be truly swept up in this story - by the end I was mesmerised!
Laura, the lyrebird of the title is a young woman who has lived her life away from other people but is discovered by a documentary crew on a remote Irish farm. The documentary director, Bo, immediately sees a chance to follow up her previous success whilst the sound engineer, Solomon, can only see the beauty and uniqueness of Laura and he wants to protect that, there is an immediate connection between her and Solomon. The story revolves around Laura's ability to replicate sounds without really knowing how, or even that she is doing it at times.
The crew find she has a fantastic talent and Bo, the director, sees a great opportunity for her next project, and encourages Laura to leave her secluded life and share her talent with the public. Balanced with some dramatic and sometimes comic moments the main character, Laura, is such an enthralling young woman. The book follows Laura's journey as she is exposed to the modern world and also explores her relationships, particularly Solomon, and the new life she is exposed to.. It is a thought provoking novel full of emotion, romance and magic. This is a novel that warms the soul. I was gifted this book for Christmas and I have to say it was the perfect holiday read... truly magical.