It is no secret that I love reading… Most days finding me with my head in a book at some point during the day is a given, even if it is just for a few minutes before sleep.
I will admit that I tend to read more prose than fiction at the moment, however I am not going to turn down a good story any time soon! I got this book for Christmas from my parents, my mum had already read it and her words about it were something like: “I thought it was a really nice book, or not nice really, but beautiful…”
Funnily enough after finishing the book I know exactly what she means. This book is as the title say gentle, yet unflinching, beautiful but difficult, uplifting and sad.
It is the kind of book that gets under your skin and bring tears to your eyes and makes you laugh, sometimes at the same time.
In essence it is a book about the healing power of friendship, not at all action packed, but then that is not the point. Gentle and comforting are words that come to mind, yet this is not a happy go lucky kind of book. At times it is uncomfortable and challenging, but it is so beautifully balanced that you just can’t put it down.
(NB: For some reason the American title of this book is Astrid and Veronica… It is the name of the main characters, however I think the original title is a much better fit)