Let the Willows Weep
I received a pre-release Kindle version of Let the Willows Weep from NetGalley and the publisher in return for my honest review.
“Sometimes life is just like paper wings. Fragile, easily torn apart, and often there are too many pieces to pick up.”
In a word, grief is the overarching theme of this book. The recurring loss the main character endures will yank on your heartstrings. It’s a coming of age story wrapped up in family relationships and to a degree, what it’s like to be poor in rural America. This story investigates how hardship, disappointment, and loss can change and mold a young girl and concludes with how she endures.
What I Did Like
This story kept my attention from beginning to end. The characters were believable and the events and responses to what occurred, plausible. I loved the way nature was noticed and described throughout the book.
Some people don’t like it when they cry as they read. I think that is the mark of a good author to be able to evoke a physical response to a story. I was in tears more than once as I worked my way through this novel. Although that’s not the nicest feeling, it certainly got me hooked and kept me reading.
What I Didn’t Like
There isn’t much, if anything I can pinpoint I didn’t like about this story. I think it could use a few more details about the brothers and why what was going on in their heads, but the story isn’t really about them.
Additionally, I don’t really understand why the mother felt such animosity toward her daughter. It’s never clear where the disappointment stemmed from or why she treated her with such disdain and a complete lack of love. I kept expecting to find out Birddog wasn’t really hers – I cannot imagine hating one of your own children so much, and showing such favor to the others
Should You Read It?
I enjoyed reading Let the Willows Weep quite completely and recommend it. It’s not a happy “warm-fuzzy” type of story at all, but does transport you into another world for the duration and will likely touch your heart.
Sherry Parnell graduated from Dickinson College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. While writing her first novel, she completed her Masters Degree in Literature from West Chester University. Studying classic works of the 18th and 19th century provided to her an education and the inspiration to continue her passion. With the publication of “Let the Willows Weep,” this passion became her profession. Learn more at:
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