Firstly I wish to thank Anne Cater and Orenda Books for inviting me on the Blog tour for THE LION TAMER WHO LOST by Louise Beech.
Long ago Andrew made a childhood wish. One he has always kept in a silver box with a too-big lid that falls off. When it finally comes true, he wishes it hadn’t…
Long ago Ben dreamed of going to Africa to volunteer at a lion reserve. When he finally goes there, it isn’t for the reasons he imagined…
Ben and Andrew keep meeting where they least expect. Some collisions are by design, but are they for a reason? Ben’s father would disown him for his relationship with Andrew, so they must hide their love. Andrew is determined to make it work, but secrets from his past threaten to ruin everything.
Ben escapes to Zimbabwe to finally fulfil his lifelong ambition. But will he ever return to England? To Andrew? To the truth?
A dark and poignant drama, The Lion Tamer Who Lost is also a mesmerisingly beautiful love story, with a tragic heart.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
I didn’t think that anything could possibly compete with the beautiful scenes in this story, of Ben’s lifetime dream of going to Africa to work with lions, especially his connection with Lucy but wow was I wrong. That story itself would have made a cracking book in its own right but author Louise Beech takes destiny and fate to a climax that no other book has. This is one very special read that will not go away when you turn out the lights.
Fate had an uncanny way of throwing together Ben and Andrew, normally because of some sort of accident but from the first time they met they were like a magnet and metal, impossible to keep apart. Set in the UK and Zimbabwe the contrasts are dramatic, with all my senses, not just sight, being constantly fooled on every page, the colours of the landscape and smells of the lion cub nursery, and the softness of the lion’s coat, all so expertly and vividly brought to life. While in the UK it was like a marathon of my emotions were being set alight, I am talking extremes, the everything that is ecstasy to the emptiness when you have nothing left. That is when Louise Beech’s writing jumped the barrier from being brilliant to having that extra pinch of pixie dust because it was pure magic!
The characters felt so real with their fears and secrets, their wishes and dreams. I loved the wish box which made me want to click my heels, close my eyes and chant I believe in magic because I wanted Andrew and Ben to be together forever, with every wish they made to come true. This is such a beautiful love story but don’t think for one moment that this is all sugar and spice because this is far beyond what you first think. This story knocked me on my butt so many times that in the end I wanted to curl up and stay there total traumatized.
The Lion Tamer Who Lost is a tremendous winner. A truly memorable read and in my top three books of the year. Breathtakingly perfect!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Louise Beech knew from being small that she wanted to write. She was a columnist for the Hull Daily Mail for ten years, and part of the Mums’ Army on BBC Radio Humberside for three. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport Prize twice and being published in a variety of UK magazines. Her debut novel was a Guardian Readers’ Pick for 2015 and Maria in the Moon was a Must-Read in Prima, Red and the Sunday Express. Louise lives with her husband and children on the outskirts of Hull – the UK’s 2017 City of Culture – and loves her job as a Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012.
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