142 Ostriches by April Davila

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When the year is over, there is no doubt in my mind that this will be one of my Top 5 books of the year! Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for sending me a free advance copy of this book in return for an honest review. So much goes on in this book that one is hard pressed to come up with a favorite part of the book. OK, for me it was the Ostriches!! Visited an Ostrich and Emu farm in Aruba and was fascinated by those birds, and this carried over with my reading of this wonderful debut novel. Found out a lot about those birds, but there is so much more to this book. April Davila fills her book with an interesting story, that has both great and flawed characters and an inspirational message of belief in one’s self. We follow about a week in the life of a young lady who has to confront the death of her grandmother, a totally derelict Uncle, a Holy Roller Aunt and a mother who she has not seen in 11 years and who certainly would not get any awards for mother of the year! Oh, and what to do with those 142 ostriches and the farm she inherits from her grandmother. The strains that Tallulah is under would sink many others, but years of resilience living in the desert of California and taking care of the ostriches have instilled upon her a backbone and courage she never realized she had. A wonderful book about family, dysfunctional relatives, courage to face an unknown future and 142 ostriches. The author does a superb job of taking us on wild swings in action and the lives of the characters. There is little negative about this book and therefore it certainly is deserving of a 5***** rating. Top notch effort Ms. Davila, I look forward to your next book!

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