Thanks to the author and Love Books Tours for the digital copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.
Let’s start with the blurb: A life fractured into parallel worlds. A quiet magic to accept or ignore. A decision to make.
Escape from difficult family dynamics is teenager Rainbow’s desire. When she discovers a strange gift for communicating with trees, she thinks she’s found her salvation. Even better, a mysterious but gentle man living in her Dorset village helps develop her powers.
But when tragedy strikes, Rainbow’s life is torn apart, creating parallel worlds in the process. In one life, the vulnerable Rainbow strives to salvage her family. In the other, her alter-ego, Mary, flees her past. Over the next few years the two versions of Rainbow follow very different lives. The source of their grief, however, is the same – a confession buried deep within their memories.
Could France offer more than a mere escape? As the two worlds draw closer and memories resurface, Rainbow and Mary’s futures must be determined. Can they receive the healing they need? Or will the renewed pain be too much to bear? Only by risking their lives will they know.
Oh, how I loved this book. It’s a middle-grade novel so I always try and bear that in mind when reviewing this age bracket however I hardly had to adjust as I found it was so beautifully written. Remember the feeling you had when you discovered the Harry Potter books for the very first time? I experienced a similar magical feeling when I entered Rainbow’s world.
I felt the wonder of her discovery of her own magic. My stomach clenched with hers at the confusion of the relationships between the adults in her life. I felt the grief and shock as she realised the full impact of an accident. And I felt the lingering trauma and anger as Rainbow split and Mary emerged, her two selves living in parallel worlds.
I’d recommend this for bookworms who enjoy middle-grade fiction, and magical realism tales told in a descriptive, gentle pace. I’m genuinely excited to read the next instalment! 5/5 stars