Title: The Fairy Wren
Author: Ashley Capes
The Fairy Wren is a contemporary fantasy set in Australia, where Paul, a bookseller, struggles to juggle attention from a strange bird, a shady best friend, an Italian runaway and a missing ex-wife, all the while struggling to cling to a long-buried dream.
From the moment a fairy wren drops his lost wedding ring at his feet, Paul realises there's more magic to the world than he thought...
When Paul Fischer receives a strange phone call asking for help, from a woman who might be his estranged wife Rachel, he’s drawn into a mysterious search that threatens not only his struggling bookstore, but long-buried dreams too...
Unfortunately, the only help comes from a shady best friend, an Italian runaway and a strange blue fairy wren that seems to be trying to tell him something – yet the further he follows the clues it leaves the less sense the very world seems to make. Is he on the verge of a magical, beautiful discovery or at the point of total disaster?
There's a book I come across once in a blue moon that stirs my soul. This is such a book. I was intrigued by the blurb and the cover is beautiful. I kept asking myself while reading it, why have I never heard of this author before? Why hasn't the Big 5 picked him up?
Paul Fischer owns a small bookstore in Australia. He's struggling to make ends meet while trying very hard not to think about his ex-wife Rachel. A strange phone call by a woman piques Paul's curiosity. Could it be Rachel? Is she in trouble? A fairy wren pops up at the most unusual times and after a few mishaps, Paul starts to pay attention. Maybe there is something magical about this bird?
I loved this book! Have I mentioned that yet? I loved the storytelling abilities of the author, Ashley Capes. I loved being immersed in Australia and his descriptive narration propelled me there without having to book a flight.
The author created rich, well-developed characters with problems just like me. They were incredibly relatable with captivating dialogue. The journey of Paul as he tries to find out what this blue bird is trying to tell him touched me in a deep way.
If you're looking for a little magic, read this book! You'll love the fantasy aspect while chuckling your way through the messes Paul gets himself into. I can't reveal more... you have to read it for yourself!
Paul. I loved Paul. He's your typical old-school bookseller (totally relate) while trying to figure his life out. He's not your typical fantasy protagonist and that is one of the reasons why I love him. He's insecure, still in love with his ex-wife and makes poor choices now and again. In the end, he's a lot like you and me.
Favorite Quote: "I want to be part of her life."
My Rating: 5 stars
Ashley is a poet, novelist and teacher living in Australia.
He's the author of six poetry collections and five novels and was
poetry editor for Page Seventeen from issues 8-10. He also moderates online renku group Issa’s Snail.
Ashley teaches English, Media and Music Production, has played in a metal band, worked in an art gallery and slaved away at music retail.
Aside from reading and writing, Ashley loves volleyball and Studio Ghibli – and Magnum PI, easily one of the greatest television shows ever made.
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Reviewed by:Mrs. N