*i was sent this book for review*
Author – Lea Davey
Pages – 418
Genre – fiction
Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Silkworm Secrets – A treehouse perched high in a giant mulberry tree provides a safe place for Bobby, and gives him solace from a disintegrating home life. His best friend Ruby considers it only as a place to play, to raise silkworms and to innocently view the events that take place in the yards nearby.
Ruby’s simple, family life however, is a far cry from what Bobby endures in the house next door and the secrets they share and events that they witness will not only impact their lives as children but also re-connect them as adults.
Silkworm Secrets exposes the secrets that children keep, the consequences of a troubled family life, but more importantly the endurance of beautiful family relationships and the power of friendship and love to overcome the past.
I absolutely loved this book it was so thoroughly enjoyable and heart warming, a beautiful story of friendship and hardship
When this book begins we are following two children, Ruby Rose and Bobby our main charecters from Australia. It was really nice reading about their pure and innocent friendship and seeing what adventures they got up too in their tree house and daily lives, it reminded me of ‘to kill a mockingbird’ and ‘Anne of green gables’. However as you progress through the book you uncover the horrors of Bobbys home life and realise what he and his sisters have to endure, it is absolutely heart breaking but the subject is written very thoughtfully by the author lea davey. I also found that the contrast between Ruby Rose and Bobbys home environment really helped emphasise how important a kind and loving home can be.
One day when Bobby comes home and discovers a horrible event that has happened he finally has enough, he cannot take anymore and he decides to leave. The story then picks up 20 years later, ruby and Bobby have not seen each other since bobby left but that is about to change because ruby has to track him down and bring him home. I really enjoyed the transition from childhood to adulthood with a lot of books a 20 year gap can leave so many questions and a feeling of sadness and longing for the years we have missed but the years that passed in the silkworm secrets seemed to fade into the past and you just want to see where the story goes.
I absolutely adored the charecters in this book as children ruby was so innocent and caring and Bobby was a brave and loving boy. When we meet the charects again years later they are different but still have parts of themselves that have not changed. I could not help but feel for Bobby with everything he had been through as a child and discovering that it still haunted him as a man was so upsetting. However i really enjoyed watching Ruby and Bobby regrow the friendship they had lost and watching them fight against the things that were holding them back.
I loved how this book was written too, it was so descriptive and emotional you could really feel what the charecters were going through. I found the story to be really entertaining the different sub plots throughout the novel and the challenges they faced always kept me reading ‘just one more page’. It was a really heart warming, enjoyable story I became really attached and invested in the charecters and just wanted what was best for them and really enjoyed reading their story.
Overall I loved this book it was beautifully written and really touching, I cannot recommend it enough, I would recommend it to anybody (but would like to give a trigger warning for abuse). I really enjoyed this book and am so glad I read it. It is only $3 on kindle and $5 paperback !! it was published buy a small company so help out this author and pick up her book, I promise you, you will not regret it
Link to silkworm secrets