Disclaimer: I was offered a digital copy of the book The Last Leaf by Gwyn Ellis Pritchard in exchange for a review. Please note that all opinions and views stated in the review are my own and have no influence, per se.
A classic take (take with a grain of salt idiom) on friendship, the rich and the poor, the world around us, countryside escapes, learnings and loads more, The Last Leaf is your ultimate Summery read! Read along to know more about The Last Leaf by Gwyn Ellis Pritchard.
“You will have to place a small handful of the maggots under your tongue, and must hold them there for a full two minutes,” Jack instructed Isabella … And boy did they wriggle! She struggled not to wretch!
Two worlds collide when a chance meeting brings together Jack and Isabella. Jack, the son of the Head Gardener of the Oakfield Estate, finds himself a friend in the lovely Isabella, the ‘little lady of Oakfield Hall’.
Set in Victorian times in the Southern Counties of England – with an intermittent welsh presence in the form of the Jones’ travelling gipsy family – much laughter, dance, music and cultural challenges lie before the two friends this summer!
How will the delicate Isabella fair among the unfamiliar countryside with its host of creatures and seasonal demands?
Will the rugged, uneducated Jack rise to the challenge of learning to read and write poetry about his beloved countryside – poaching, skinning rabbits and river fishing?
Every day is an adventure and it seems they are meant to be together, always. Or are they?
Read about their exciting adventures and discover the true meaning of friendship with them as they each discover new worlds and new challenges!
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INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: The Last Leaf
Author: Gwyn Ellis Pritchard
Release Date: 26th March 2019
Genre: MG Historical
Page Count: 128
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44422485-the-last-leaf
REVIEW OF THE LAST LEAF BY GWYN ELLIS PRITCHARD:
The Last Leaf is an enigmatic take on the beauty of friendship and how the two in camaraderie come across newer worlds and challenges that they must face in a much daring and exciting adventure.
It is set in Victorian Era and for those that follow my Instagram know that I am a sucker for Victorian era manuscripts. However, let me tell you after The Corset by Laura Purcell, The Last Leaf by Gwyn Ellis Pritchard stands #1 in my absolute favourite.
This book is everything you need on a high and dry, monotonous day to pull away every bit of tiredness out of you. The two besties, Jack and Isabella are no less than two kids juggling their way through the idiosyncrasies of the society we lived in back then and today!
A summer treat and pleasing to your eyes, this read is a sure entertainer for everyone who takes delight in cheesy friendships, explorations, newer challenges and all things cute and chiming.
I loved and enjoyed every bit of the book. I remember how I was boastful of reading this one on my social media (which is so unlike me) and I already recommended it to my fellow reader friends when I was not even halfway through the read. I promise you a fun giggling and cheerful time reading The Last Leaf by Gwyn Ellis Pritchard.
I’d recommend this book to fans of Stephen Chbosky, Ruskin Bond, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Ann Brashares and others. And if you are new to these authors, you must know that this book fits well with people who take delight in reading soft and light contemporary reads that feel refreshing to the eyes and offer a happy story to live.
Here’s a little more about the author:
Gwyn is a 60 years old guy, who is married with two grown kids and has worked in the IT industry for almost 40 years.
Gwyn says, “My Father was an Auditor attached to the British Forces on the Rhine, and we were constantly being moved around from town to town. My early schooling was therefore haphazard, and I struggled to achieve academically in the British Forces education system. So, I was sent to Boarding school in Norfolk from the age of ten to sixteen years old. The standard of teaching there was poor and had a very high turnover of teachers as well as pupils. But it was there that I developed my passion for rugby, and at the age of 15, along with a couple of chums, I was invited to play for Diss Rugby Club. I later played for Delyn Rugby club in North Wales for a number of years but sustained too many injuries to take the sport any further.
I have always been interested in storytelling to younger children, being nicknamed “Gwynanory” by one family group who benefitted from me making up stories to fit situations such as; finding a lost teddy, being bullied at school, going to the dentist, or being overly excited for Christmas.
I must confess that I am not an avid reader. I do like certain biographies, and I also enjoy crime thrillers. But I mostly enjoy reading about the history of my spiritual homeland in the mid-Wales region. I am an impatient reader though. If I do not get the point of the book early enough, or if the style of writing annoys me, then I might just (just in case meaning) abandon the book and move on to the next one.
The Last Leaf is my first book and I loved writing it. I get quite emotional when I read it back, and then when I do, I wonder if I could have explained a situation better, or added another chapter or two or three. I’m looking forward to carrying on writing and have so many more stories to share.”
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