book review || "Songs of Willow Frost" by Jamie Ford

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I picked this book up on a whim.

It was in the clearance section at Barnes and Noble, it sounded interesting, and I had a gift card. I honestly wasn’t sure how much I’d like it, but I figured it was worth a shot.

It was a very good shot indeed.

Here’s what I loved about “Songs of Willow Frost”:

  • It pulled me in from the very beginning, which is a must for me.

  • The characters were very, very well developed. Willow Frost herself had an amazing character arc, and I fell in love with a couple of characters, which I’ve written in more detail down below. There wasn’t a character that was under-developed or unnecessary.

  • The book was researched very well. I felt like I was walking through each scene with the characters, which I loved, but it also made me very thankful for our life. Ford did a wonderful job making the reader feel like they were a part of the book.

  • The book flowed continuously without any overly drawn-out or boring scenes.

  • The ending was just what I was hoping for.

Here’s what you might not like about the book:

  • As I said above, Ford is excellent at making the scenes feel real, but that also goes for the graphic scenes, as well. Just off the top of my head, there was a rape scene and a suicide scene that is very detailed. The author does not avoid situations that most of us shy away from but are a horrific part of this world, especially during the era of this book.

  • Along with that, part of the book is set in a children’s orphanage that is severely underfunded, and some of those parts are absolutely heartbreaking.

My favorite character(s):

  • William. One of the main characters in the book, twelve-year-old William captured my heart from the very beginning. He desperately seeks love and gives it so freely. I just wanted to give him a big squeeze throughout the entire book.

  • Charlotte. Best friend of William, Charlotte holds a trait of strength beyond her years, for reasons that might make you tear up near the end of the book. I loved her part in the book.

Have you read Songs of Willow Frost? What did you think of it? Overall, I’m giving it five stars on Goodreads. I’m also planning on diving into Ford’s first novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.

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