Thank you for this review K T, which you can read in full here.
I loved how well this story weaved together – What starts off as a tale of lost love soon turns much deeper, showing how fate and chance can cause our paths to cross at just the right moment. Not just with the two Jans, but all the supporting characters, too. No matter how large the world may be, everyone in this story seemed to fall together in the right place, the right time. All the interwoven segments of the various animals just seemed to fit so well with the story, too. My heart still breaks for the little quail.
Coming from an area where a lot of my school mates took off on the infamous ‘Gap Year’, Jans blunt descriptions of the ‘vests’ he encounters on his travels did make me chuckle. Young, naive travellers all convinced they’re going to find their true selves on some tropical beach as they hand out night club flyers.
Reading through this as Jan and his various companions travel all over the world, it only strengthened my own passion for travel. It came across as such a realistic portrayal of travelling; all the characters you can meet, some nice and some not so much, the highs and lows of exploring but being away from home. It wasn’t some fairytale perfect holiday, which made it all the more enjoyable to read. Things go wrong, people get in trouble, relationships fall apart and fall together again.
Amongst all the little side stories within this novel, my favourite had to be the tale of Ebba and Olivia. I won’t spoil it here, but I will say it was both heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. I can’t wait to see more from Tim Ewins and see what he writes next!