Petals and Stones is a book full of beautiful, vivid imagery, using food and nature to symbolise and explore the emotional journey of Uma, the central character at the heart of this story.
On the eve of his sudden death, Uma accidentally finds out her husband Daniel is having an affair. Struggling to manage the grief of the family around her, Uma also wrestles with how she feels about her husband, his death and her marriage. To help her understand this she starts searching for Daniel’s lover.
When I was approached to take part in the blog tour of Petals and Stones, I was under the impression that Uma’s search for Daniel’s lover was the crux of the story; but really this is a sub plot that for me doesn’t really add much to the story.
Petals and Stones is a beautifully written with its author Joanne Burn using Uma rediscovering the foods of her childhood and nature to rediscover her true self. That for me is the true crux of this story.
I found it easy to read but if I’m honest, I also found it a tad lacklustre. For me it was missing something, and I think that something was a good twist. I easily progressed through it but I just wasn’t hooked.
All the way through the novel is told from Uma’s perspective; about how she feels about Daniel, his death and his family and also how she feels about her friends around her, especially Aaron. I did enjoy this novel, but I think if Burn had moved the story along using the point of view of some of the other characters, especially Aaron and Daniel, for me I think this would have grabbed me more.
Thank you Legend Press for sending me an advanced copy of Petals and Stones in return for an honest review. Thank you also for inviting Novel Delights to take part in the blog tour.
This is my review of Petals and Stones. If you are intrigued by this novel and want to read the reviews of my fellow book bloggers too, please take a look below at the blog tour.
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Publication date: 6 September 2018