My Rating: 4 stars
Published: August 25, 2016
Received: ebook from the author
In this collection, meet:
Guillaume, who gives up everything to protect his child; young Mathew, who stakes his life to save his home; and François, who makes the biggest sacrifice to rescue his grandson.
This beautifully written short story follows Hugo a young boy who wishes to be exactly like his father, Guillaume who is doing his best to keep his farm for his son, and all their animals, cows, a loyal guard dog, and an aging goat. I never had a clue that I was going to fall in love so deeply with these characters and be so devestated by the problems they face. There is a simple happiness in this story and that is something I truly appreciate.
This one in particular broke me on the inside. Mathew is a boy who spends his time held in the arms of his favorite tree. One that holds bugs, a squirrel, and a Falcon nest. The boy’s compassion and dream to save his tree and the life it holds with it made my heart swell. That mixed with his selflessness both at home and in school and the terror of the Forrest Office created a story that spoke to me. This one is the one I will read again and again.
François is the sole provider for his grandson Arthur. They both live with little means with the money François had made publishing his first three books. François has written a new manuscript that he hopes would make enough sells to keep his grandson alive and well. The relationship between the boy and the man is so authentic it hurts. The boy believes in his grandfathers work more than anyone else and that made the story beautiful, the hardships made the story ring true.
Thank you for reading! I hope you take a chance and read this collection of short stories! They hurt, but held inside them is a hope. A hope placed in the children that are the backbone of our future. The writing is expertly developed and is created to move you. Let yourself be moved by The Sacrifice. It is good for your soul.
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–Till Next time!