The Girl and the Songbird- Rebecca Stonehill


A poignant, heart-wrenching story…it will make you smile. It will make you cry. And it will resonate with you long after the last page is finished.’ What’s Better Than Books

A haunting, heartbreaking and unforgettable novel of a woman married to a man she can never love, and drawn to another who will capture her heart forever…

East Africa 1903:When eighteen year old Iris Johnson is forced to choose between marrying the frightful Lord Sidcup or a faceless stranger, Jeremy Lawrence, in a far-off land, she bravely decides on the latter.

Accompanied by her chaperone, Miss Logan, Iris soon discovers a kindred spirit who shares her thirst for knowledge. As they journey from Cambridgeshire to East Africa, Iris’s eyes are opened to a world she never knew existed beyond the comforts of her family home.

But when Iris meets Jeremy, she realizes in a heartbeat that they will never be compatible. He is cold and cruel, spending long periods of time on hunting expeditions and leaving Iris alone.

Determined to make the best of her new life, Iris begins to adjust to her surroundings; the windswept plains of Nairobi, and the delightful sunbirds that visit her window every day. And when she meets Kamau, a school teacher, Iris finds her calling, assisting him to teach the local children English.

Kamau is everything Jeremy is not. He is passionate, kind and he occupies Iris’s every thought. She must make a choice, but if she follows her heart, the price she must pay will be devastating.

A beautifully written and mesmerizing story that will captivate fans of Dinah Jefferies, Victoria Hislop and Lucinda Riley.

This is a gorgeous book, filled with descriptions of what sounds like one of the most beautiful places on earth. After I read it, I had to go purchase the author’s other book, The Poet’s Wife, which I can’t wait to dive into.’ For the Love of Books

My review:


I knew I was going to love this book and it was an amazing read. The cover is simply stunning and promises a really emotive, atmospheric read. Like her first book, The Poets Wife, I was totally lost within the pages and drawn into the history, sights and aromas of the time. I love her beautiful writing style and the characters and settings she so vividly draws in your mind. It tugs on your heartstrings with the romance and heartbreak.
I have always wanted to visit Kenya and I feel as though I have been on a trip through it’s history and scenery. It’s one of those books that weaves itself into your soul and stays with you long after you reluctantly read the last page. I can see me wanting to add all of her books onto my favourites bookshelf- I could just look at the cover for ages.
With many thanks to Bookoutre and Net Galley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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