I hope you are all doing great. What plans do you have for this weekend? I’m on my last weekend and couple of days here in France. I will be back to Portugal Monday night and I have a post to share with all of you Tuesday morning, hopefully.
Today I bring you my honest review of “The Barefoot Road“, written by Vivienne Vermes. This is a Historical fiction, Magical Realism and Romance kind of book, and I hope you guys give it a chance.
I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Vivienne for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.
Vivienne Vermes’ debut novel is a gripping read which will appeal to readers who enjoy historical fiction, thrillers and evocative themes. The book begins with a young woman found, emaciated and unconscious, in the mountains surrounding a village in Transylvania. When it is discovered that she is of an ethnic group which was violently driven out of the regions many years before, old wounds are reopened as the villagers are reminded of their role in the bloodshed.
An uneasy peace is maintained until a young married man falls in love with the girl, and tension begin to rise within the community. The mysterious disappearance of a child causes this tension to mount into hysteria, driving the story to its chilling outcome.
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Vivienne Vermes is a writer and actress of Irish and Hungarian descent who divides her time between Paris and London. She has published four collections of poetry: Sand Woman, Metamorphoses, Passages and When the World Stops Spinning, and has performed her work in festivals throughout Europe. She is winner of the Piccadilly Poets’ award, the Mail on Sunday’s Best Opening of a Novel competition, as well as Flash 500s prize for short prose and the Paragram national competition for best poem and “petite prose”. She has taught creative writing in universities in Transylvania, and runs a writers’ workshop in Paris.
As an actress, she has played roles in a number of French films, including Les Trois Frères, Le Retour and in Les Profs 2 in which she portrayed Queen Elizabeth II. Her voice also warns passengers on the Paris metro to “Mind the gap”.
The Barefoot Road is her first novel.
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“The Barefoot Road“… From the unique cover to the intriguing blurb, this book had the potential to be epic, and I did enjoy it a lot from beginning to end. I almost don’t know what to say fearing to give spoilers.
It had some twists and turns that got me thinking. The descriptions made the pace of the book sometimes slower and others quicker with the action and the feel of the plot and sinister tone of the all “village in Transylvania” and nomadic tribe aspect, made this novel even more powerful. And that change of pace and twists were something I quite enjoyed because of the writing style of the author.
Beside giving the pace a slower tone, the descriptions were also vivid and framed the plot with landscapes and the history, politics and gossips in the village and around. And that left me feeling like I was part of the story and it certainly left me wondering even more about the life of the people in the book, and that was because the plot had all the little elements of the description and storyline to give it force.
I believe that Vivienne had the mirror effect in some ways. It talked about human nature and that feeling of reality and possibility of happening in the future… it was heartbreaking and darker in some very specific moments that maximized the emotion the novel made us feel.
Well done Vivienne, for such a captivating book with chaos, reality, emotion, human nature that makes us wonder about life. And for that, I totally recommend the book. Don’t be scared about the unique cover, that just makes it all pop in the end, for me at least.
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