Monday, 17 November 2014

"The Songbird's Way" by Jennifer Barrett. Review and two amazing giveaway packs. Open INT.




Chrissie is at a crossroads.  It's her thirtieth birthday, her partner has organised the most amazing party for her and she is surrounded by well wishers.  Why then, is she feeling a niggling sensation?  She is loved, cared for and supported by Tim.  Why does she feel the weight of the world on her shoulders?  Can her desire to travel be to blame?  Can she see a future without addressing her past?

This book is split into three parts.  The first looks at Chrissie's early life.  The daughter of a bohemian couple, she had an unusual upbringing, but one which leaves her with a love of music and travel.  Her mother's bike is lovingly used for many a road trip and becomes an integral part of Chrissie's world. 
The second part brings the reader up to date and shows where Chrissie stands in the present time.  Her memories still play a part in the story and her bond with her father is achingly obvious.  The final part sees the introduction of some new and wonderful characters and stunning locations.  A small town in Tanzania comes to life, as a love story is re-told.  The sounds of Africa become the soundtrack of the novel, as the author lovingly describes the birds, wildlife and dusty trails.  

This is a novel with a warm, embracing feel about it.  The story may seem average to start with (a young woman, trying to see her future while still unsure of her true role in life), but within a few pages, this ordinary concept becomes extra-ordinary.  It takes on a new meaning and the author brings us on a multi-layered, multi-coloured journey.  There is a constant melodic feel throughout, as Jennifer Barrett blends her love of music and her love of travel together.  The result is a smooth mixture of different cultures and a diverse range of characters.  Many of whom will linger long after the last page is turned.  The writing is tranquil, even and very readable.  In fact, I read the whole thing in one sitting... 

This is Jennifer's second novel.  Her first, Look Into The Eye, is now calling to me!

I was lucky enough to attend the launch of A Songbird's Way last weekend and was given some amazing gifts to giveaway!  There are signed books, along with some bird and music related goodies....

Up for grabs, there are two amazing prize packs.....
Both contain: A signed copy of The Songbird's Way, A birdcage themed necklace, A bird themed bracelet, a musical note pencil & eraser set and a hand carved wooden bird decoration.  Truly stunning gift packs, so appropriate to the novel!  Just enter via Rafflecopter below.  The giveaways are open INT, so best of luck everyone....







The Songbird's Way is published by Poolbeg and is available in paperback and ebook format...


17 comments:

  1. Funnily enough as reading this post I was listening to the band aid song. Always a reminder of my youth. Love the cover

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  2. The song that reminds me of my childhood is actually Macedonian song :)

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  3. If you're happy and you know it ... reminds me of early childhood

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  4. Every Abba song. I never heard any of the modern music of my childhood and only listened to my parents' old records. Abba was my favourite.

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  5. Is a nursery rhyme ok......London's Burning, we sang it in a round robin type of way, laughing with my mum & dad. Xxxxx

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  6. Reet petite always reminds me of my childhood I even remember the video :)

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  7. The Beatles - help, my mam always played them :D

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  8. ramona - my dad always sang it, but just the chorus!

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  9. It has to be the Bosco theme tune :) I was the biggest 3 year old fan!!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWpRD_il9s8 oh the memories :) :) :)

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  10. I can't really think of one from when I was really young but in the 80s I was a huge A-ha fan so would have to say Take On Me ;)

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  11. The song that reminds me of my childhood is this French lullaby that my mom used to always sing to me, http://www.chansonsdemarins.com/M231.html

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  12. Brown girl in the rain by Boney M for some reason it eminds me of when I was a youngster

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  13. Any Abba song:) My dad was a great fan and so am I. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  14. I know it's funny but Goober Peas, lol

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  15. Anything by Elvis or Rod Stewart - my mum was a huge fan and always played the LP's

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  16. having a Telstar compilation LP and playing 'dancing in the city' by marshall and hains, to death on the record player as it was the only half decent song... trying to get the needle in the groove so it started without either the end of the first song, or missed the first few bars!

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