Review: Our Homesick Songs

Our Homesick Songs Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I would like to thank NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for giving me an ARC of Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper in exchange for an honest review.

I was attracted to this book because of the story location: Newfoundland. My hubby is originally from this wonderful place. He took me there two years ago for a visit and I fell in love with this magical place.

Our Homesick Songs is a story of old tales, folk’s songs, mermaids, coming of age, changes, and hope. This lyrical saga jumps in time and tells the story of the folks of Little Running and Big Running. When the codfish were nowhere to be found, the Newfoundlanders left their boats and nets and moved to Alberta for work. Towns were abandoned and hope left with the people… except for one boy who is determined to bring back the codfish.

Emma Hooper writes a beautiful story filled with folk’s songs and determination. The dialogues are sometimes long and do not add much to the story. The song lyrics can be repetitive. She does end the book on a high note and leaves it to the reader’s imagination to determine how the book ends.

This is not a read for everyone, but if you like Newfoundland and its history, you will like it. This book will be available at your favorite bookstore on August 14, 2018.

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