Days Of Wonder by Keith Stuart @keefstuart


Book Description:

Magical, heartbreaking, beautiful – Days of Wonder reminds us that stories have the power to save lives.

Tom, single father to Hannah, is the manager of a tiny local theatre. On the same day each year, he and its colourful cast of part-time actors have staged a fantastical production just for his little girl, a moment of magic to make her childhood unforgettable.

But there is another reason behind these annual shows: the very first production followed Hannah’s diagnosis with a heart condition that both of them know will end her life early. And now, with Hannah a funny, tough girl of fifteen on the brink of adulthood, that time is coming.

With the theatre under threat of closure, Hannah and Tom have more than one fight on their hands to stop the stories ending. But maybe, just maybe, one final day of magic might just save them both.

A tale about growing up, the beauty of a special bond between father and daughter, and finding magic in everyday life, Days of Wonder is the most moving novel you’ll read all year.

My Thoughts:

Days of Wonder is a story told in alternating chapters between Tom and his daughter Hannah. By doing this, the reader gets to see how both characters deal with Hannah’s heart condition.

Being a parent I could very much get behind Tom with wanting to wrap his daughter up in cotton wool. After his wife left them both, Tom has very much had to be both mum and dad and deal with things on his own for numerous years. My heart really went out to him. It’s obvious what a fantastic dad he is. He has dedicated his life to bringing up his daughter and the theatre is like a second home to them both.

Hannah to a point is a typical teen. She loves her dad with all her heart but wants some normality to her life. Due to her condition, which has gradually got worse over the years, she is struggling coming to terms with it all. I just wanted to reach out to her and take it all away.

There is a great cast of characters within the theatre group, especially Margaret, of which I loved how the theatre plays a big part in the book also. You get a real sense of community spirit and how something can really pull people together.

Days of Wonder is a beautiful tale of a father and daughter bond so strong that Hannah and Tom literally stole my heart. A heart warming and emotive read that grabs you by the heart, body and soul. Without a doubt this is going to be a lot of peoples top reads of 2018, I know it’s one of mine! It’s just one of those books you really have to read for yourself just to see how wonderful it is. No amount of words could do this stunning book justice.

My thanks NetGalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Days Of Wonder is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link)

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