The Night Rainbow by Claire King
I have been reading a few old books and listening to some audiobooks. I decided I need to get back to a few reviews, and this is my latest read.
The story is written from the interesting perspective of five-year-old Pea. It’s refreshing to see the world through a child’s eyes. From picking fruit to having pet scorpions, all described in her dialogue with herself and her friends.
Poor little Pea had had a rough life so far, but she gets through it all with Margot by her side. They make friends with the neighbors and try to help Maman after their Papa passed away. Maman is pregnant again after the other baby didn’t make it back from the hospital. Pea tries her best to be a good daughter and make her mother happy, even at such a young age.
It is a story with some sadness rolled into it, but the ending was happier than I expected.
Pea’s new friends seemed sinister at first, but I think that also stemmed from my own trust issues. I started reading this book a few months ago, but put it away after fearing what would happen to sweet little Pea. Luckily, I decided to pick it up again and find out what happens.
This is the author’s first novel and it is an excellent debut. The story is so realistic that we wonder if it stems from real events.
I’m glad I finally got back around to reading the books I bought over a year ago at a massive book sale. There are a few more gems waiting to be found in my dusty bookshelf.