Lyrebird by Cecilia Ahern

A feel good contemporary fiction rating 3.5-4 Stars
Blog Duet – Read Along by Annie and Amanda

This was a unique story line where a documentary crew are sent to Ireland to film on location however whilst there, one of the crew discover a mysterious young woman living alone in the mountains of West Cork who has an extraordinary talent for mimicry – just like the famous Australian Lyrebird. The crew are fascinated by this and make her the focus point of their documentary. When they leave, they take Lyrebird with them back to the city. But as she leaves behind her peaceful life to learn about a new world, the question is – is she also leaving behind a part of herself? 

Lyrebird made me miss Ireland. A land that is full of beautiful landscapes and where nature and magical lore go hand in hand. So, a character who has the gift of mimicking sounds fit effortlessly into the lore of Ireland. I enjoyed how this story unfolded as it is a commentary on fame and our society’s obsession with it. It also highlighted how people can be both selfish and kind. Although I found it to be slow paced at times I would recommend this to fans of contemporary fiction. I rated this 3.5 stars, was a lovely read.

This isn’t really something I normally read however I found the writing to be fluid and set at a nice pace. I also enjoyed the read along I participated in with Amanda. A nice contemporary fiction read I rated 3.5 stars, the story really brings beautiful Ireland to life. Laura (Lyrebird) is such a unique character as she lives in recluse and is suddenly fronted with a documentary crew who are fascinated with her life and she has to make the life changing decision of staying put or embracing the opportunity. I also liked her unique way of communicating – cries like a Lyrebird. I recommend this to fans of contemporary adult fiction.

Special thanks to Harper Collins Publishers for sending us Advanced Review Copies in exchange for our honest reviews


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