It’s back to our year of Orenda celebration today and time for Mandie to experience her first taste of Louise Beech’s writing. Her first book is The Mountain In My Shoe, which, coincidentally, was my first ever read of a Louise Beech book too. If you’d like to know what I thought you can find my review right here. To find out more about the book and Mandie’s thoughts, read on:
About the Book
A missing boy. A missing book. A missing husband. A woman who must find them all to find herself.Available from: Amazon | Kobo | Waterstones | Googleplay | Apple Books | Orenda Shop | Hive
On the night Bernadette finally has the courage to tell her domineering husband that she’s leaving, he doesn’t come home. Neither does Conor, the little boy she’s befriended for the past five years. Also missing is his lifebook, the only thing that holds the answers. With the help of Conor’s foster mum, Bernadette must face her own past, her husband’s secrets and a future she never dared imagine in order to find them all.
Exquisitely written and deeply touching, The Mountain in My Shoe is both a gripping psychological thriller and a powerful and emotive examination of the meaning of family … and just how far we’re willing to go for the people we love.
I struggled with writing the review for this book purely because I felt that no matter what I put it would not really do this book justice and would come out as a complete gibbering mess. So, in case you have no idea on what I felt about this book from what is about to follow I will sum it up quickly. This is an absolutely fabulous book that is both touching and heart-warming.
The Mountain in My Shoe is a beautiful story about Bernadette Shaw and Conor Jordon. Neither one has had an easy life. Bernadette is stuck in a marriage to a controlling man and Conor is a child stuck in the foster care system. They have been brought together by the Befriend for Life organisation and you sense that Conor is doing as much for Bernadette as she is for him.
When Conor goes missing on the same night that Bernadette is planning to leave her husband Richard, she puts her plans on hold to help find the boy that has become an important part of her life, not realising just how much this is going to impact her life. As the search for Conor continues you learn more about Bernadette and her life and you realise that sometimes family can be more than just blood and maybe you don’t always know those closest to you.
With the story being told via Bernadette and Conor and a more unexpected channel, that of Conor’s Lifebook, you are given a heart wrenching insight into the highs and lows of the fostering system that will tug at even the most hardened of hearts. What comes from all this is a sense of hope. Hope that Bernadette can find the happiness that she has been missing and hope that Conor gets the family he deserves. Despite everything that has happened to him in his life, he doesn’t seem to resent his birth mother, he wants to do something nice for her and is quite understanding of her situation, which makes your heart break just that little bit more that he has to be more grown up that he should be at that age.
The Mountain in My Shoe is the first of Louise’s books that I have read. Don’t beat me up for this. I am a slow reader. I do have all her books however and over the next couple of months I plan on reading them all as I am sure I am in for a real treat as I just love her writing style. I have had the pleasure of listening to Louise talk about her books on several occasions and so as I turned each page it was actually her voice I heard in my head. Yes I am aware that sounds a bit stalkerish but hopefully she won’t mind 😊.
About the Author
Louise Beech is an exceptional literary talent, whose debut novel How To Be Brave was a Guardian Readers’ Choice for 2015. The follow-up, The Mountain in My Shoe was shortlisted for Not the Booker Prize. Both of her previous books Maria in the Moon and The Lion Tamer Who Lost were widely reviewed, critically acclaimed and number-one bestsellers on Kindle. The Lion Tamer Who Lost was shortlisted for the RNA Most Popular Romantic Novel Award in 2019. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport Prize twice. Louise lives with her husband on the outskirts of Hull, and loves her job as a Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012.
Books By Louise Beech