Thank you very much to M Jonathan Lee and Hideaway Fall Publishers for my copy of Broken Branches and the rest of the great bookish goodies that Hideaway Fall very generously sent out to a group of bookbloggers, myself luckily included.
Jonathan Lee is the first Author to be signed by Hideaway Fall, and I think they have started off on a winner. I have read quite a few book reviews for Broken Branches, and all have been glowing. Some are mentioned in the book trailer too, which you can see below.
I went into Broken Branches with high hopes, but also with not too much information on the plot. You can see what I thought below, and also the links if you fancy the book or reaching out to the Author.
‘Family curses don’t exist. Sure, some families seem to suffer more pain than others, but a curse? An actual curse? I don’t think so.’
A family tragedy was the catalyst for Ian Perkins to return to the isolated cottage with his wife and young son. But now they are back, it seems yet more grief might befall the family.
There is still time to act, but that means Ian must face the uncomfortable truth about his past. And in doing so, he must uncover the truth behind the supposed family curse.
July 27th 2017 by Hideaway Fall
The story revolves around the main character Ian, we hear his point of view from when he is a child and in alternating chapters as an adult. Ian learns from a young age that his family are thought to be ‘cursed’. Throughout the book, this ‘curse’ takes a centre stage in Ian’s life, and the big tree in his garden (and on the cover of the book) is a significant factor in Ian’s unhappiness and state of mind. As I read, I considered (I think as the Author intended) about ‘curses’. Is it supernatural? is there a psychological element? Is it family induced?
The cover of this book becomes creepier as you read more of the story. The black, child-like branches and the red door will become more significant the more you read.
Jonathon M Lee is an Author with a talent for great descriptive writing. His words flowed effortlessly across the pages and gives the reader a great depth of feelings for the simple things he describes. The plot of the story is steady, so the descriptive way the Author writes is a big part of why this book is so good.
“The tree’s branches reminded Ian of a giant claw, and they waved eerily in unison with his mother, swaying backwards and forwards in perfect synchronicity.”
The relationship between Ian and his Wife Rachel is interesting. We hear about how they were as a couple early on in their relationship, and how they are now, through to how they are at the end of the book. It made me reflect on how things happen in life, how they affect people and relationships differently. Neither is right or wrong, just different.
I had no idea how the ending would be until a few pages before when it came with a punch. Then it made me think back over what I had already read and consider it all again. I love it when a book does that.
I highly recommend this book, and look forward to the next that I hope M Jonathan Lee will write and Hideaway Fall will publish.