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White Birch


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White Birch is a brilliant book that you won't want to rush. Savour every line of this fantastic, and well-written story!

White Birch is a great book that you won't want to end once you've started! Often when enjoying books you want to fly through them, usually because you can't put them down. With this beautifully descriptive and vivid story, it's best to take time to savour every detail.

The story begins at the White Birch, a hotel in Tuffty Town. Here we meet a range of characters, including the story's main character Henry Huvvy. When Huvvy is introduced to his friend's fiance, Kate, he is smitten. He falls in love with her and sets out to do all he can to make her his, right under his friend's nose. With hopes of building a grand and luxurious hotel in Peacehaven, a place close to Kate's heart, Huvvy tries to win her affections with an empire built for them. As Huvvy undertakes this task, his decisions begin to affect the journey of a former princess in hiding.

The story is mostly told in the 3rd person, with some parts being told in the 1st. The book is split into three parts, with a break away from Huvvy in the second part to focus more on the princess, Penny.

Throughout there was a lot of detail, and a lot to take in, but the story was still fairly easy to follow. The descriptive detail, rather than detracting from the plot, pulls you further into the world of the story and helps to set the scene in your head. The vivid nature of the descriptions and the style of writing also gave the book a very movie-like feel, in that it's easy to imagine how these events would be played out on a screen.

There are characters which you'll like and characters who are difficult to like, but one thing for sure is that you will rarely read of a character in this book that you don't find interesting!

I would recommend White Birch to people looking for a story that they can take their time with and really get stuck into. Though there is a definite, and intriguing plot (or plots, rather), I'd also recommend this book to those who like stories that are more character-centred than action-packed.

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About the author

Paul Edmund Lessard was born in London, Ontario and grew up in Ilderton, Ontario. He lives with his family in Montreal, Quebec. His novel White Birch is the first of a trilogy of Sooty Tern novels to be published. view profile

Published on December 15, 2021

Published by Atmosphere Press

100000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Literary Fiction

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