Genres: Historical Fiction
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
“Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo–until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape. But what Afra has seen is so terrible she has gone blind, and so they must embark on a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece towards an uncertain future in Britain. On the way, Nuri is sustained by the knowledge that waiting for them is Mustafa, his cousin and business partner, who has started an apiary and is teaching fellow refugees in Yorkshire to keep bees.
As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss, but dangers that would overwhelm the bravest of souls. Above all, they must journey to find each other again.“
I have to be honest I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. I’ve not read anything by this author before but I went in with an open mind and I happy to say it didn’t disappoint.
The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a heartbreaking but amazing read. It’s a story about Nuri and Afra and their journey to the UK from Syria. The story is told through Nuri’s eyes and is a well crafted and beautifully written book, with a writing style that is simple yet perfectly paced. Although there is a lot of harrowing and heartbreaking stuff in this book, there is also elements of hope, love, and friendships so many more themes that readers can pick up on. I absolutely adored the descriptions of the different locations that Nuri and Afra travelled through.
The characters are well developed and although fictional feel so real, which made it even more difficult to get me head around that real people actually go through just as much to get to the UK.
This was an amazing read, that is a real eye opener as to what length people will go to escape their war-stricken countries just to survive. Definitely a must read.
I can’t wait to read the sequel to this book, which I have been lucky enough to be approved for on NetGalley.
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