By Nik Perring
Published by Roast Books
Available in paperback
Beautiful Trees, the second in Nik's 'Beautiful' series is another pleasure following on from Beautiful Words with its teeny-tiny fictions drawing you into a delightful world.
Alexander's journey through life and love continue from the first book as he moves on from Lucy to Lily. Their love is told through the different trees in their life ranging from Holly to Maple to Beech. Each tree holds a significance to the relationship as their love blossoms.
Nik draws on myth, unusual facts and fantasy to tell the story of these two lovers, taking the reader back and forth through their relationship timeline. Their memories of each other are living and breathing in the trees and in such a short space of time you will find yourself emotionally invested with these characters. I mentioned it in my mini review for November's reading but I'll mention it here too - you're going to need a tissue or two.
This is only a short book so make sure you have a cup of tea (or even something stronger like a hot blackcurrant!) and maybe a slab of cake and sit back and enjoy this book. This is a great book and would make an excellent stocking filler. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
The illustrations by Miranda Sofroniou are a delight too.
You can buy or order a copy from your favourite bookshop.
I was sent a copy from the publisher.