blog tour, books, reviews

Blog Tour: The Beekeeper of Aleppo – Christy Lefteri*

In the midst of war, he found love.
In the midst of darkness, he found courage.
In the midst of tragedy, he found hope.
What will you find from his story?

Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live happily in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo – until the unthinkable happens and they are forced to flee. But what Afra has seen is so terrible she has gone blind, and they must embark on a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece towards an uncertain future in Britain.

As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss, but dangers that would overwhelm the bravest of souls. Above all – and perhaps this is the hardest thing they face – they must journey to find each other again.

Moving, compassionate and beautifully written, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a powerful testament to the triumph of the human spirit.

My thoughts:

This is a really moving, at times heartbreaking, read, following the plight of Nuri and his wife Afra as they leave their home in the war torn city of Aleppo, Syria, to the UK.

Inspired by real people and real experiences, the lives of people living right now. The suffering of refugees is something we’re all aware of but can’t ever fully understand until we are in those shoes.

Lefteri (herself the child of former refugees) brings the characters and the horrors they endure to life with tenderness and compassion. This is the sort of book that leaves a mark in your heart.

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in this blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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