The #Bookvent Calendar – Day 24



#Bookvent – Celebrating my favourite reads of 2016.

My 24th #Bookvent treat is a beautiful book which truly moved me, both for it’s unique style but also the sometimes heart-wrenching story of a young boy who was moved from pillar to post through the foster care system. This was one of a few books sent to me by Karen at Orenda and I am so thankful that she did as without that I really do think I may have missed it, and that would have been a true shame. Book 24 is:

The Mountain In My Shoe

Louise Beech


The Mountain In My Shoe‘ tells the story of Bernadette who is trying to flee her marriage and Conor, the young boy she has befriended through a foster child support program. This is a beautiful and sometimes disturbing story, with an undercurrent of unease at times. Told from three very unique points of view, this book charts the events of one night and also the story of Conor from birth to the current day. It is touching, occasionally funny and so well observed in terms of capturing the spirit of a ten-year old boy who engages his mouth before his brain, that I could not help but get carried away by this book. I rooted for Conor. I was desperate for him to find his happy ending and for Bernadette to get the peace she desired too. I half read half listened to this and can highly recommend the audio version for those into audio books.

My full review is here and it can be purchased at the following links:

Amazon UK


Happy reading all