Monday, June 3, 2013


Story Description:

HarperCollins Publishers|February 15, 2013|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-06-211376-4

Conceived in love and possibility, Bonaventure Arrow didn’t make a peep when he was born, and the doctor nearly took him for dead.  No one knows that Bonaventure’s silence is filled with resonance – a miraculous gift of rarified hearing that encompasses the Universe of Every Single Sound.  Growing up in the big house on Christopher Street in Bayou Cymbaline, Bonaventure can hear flowers grow, a thousand shades of blue, and the miniature tempests that rage inside raindrops.  He can also hear the gentle voice of his father, William Arrow, shot dead before Bonaventure was born by a mysterious stranger known only as the Wanderer. 

Bonaventure’s remarkable gift of listening promises salvation to the souls who love him: his beautiful young mother, Dancy haunted by the death of her husband; his Grand-mere Letice, plagued by grief and a long-buried guilt she locks away in a chapel; and his father, William, who’s roaming spirit must fix the wreckage of the past.  With the help of Trinidad Prefontaine, a Creole housekeeper endowed with her own special gifts, Bonaventure will find the key to long-buried mysteries and soothe a chorus of family secrets clamoring to be healed. 

My Review:

Well, this is the second time today I’ve posted a book that I didn’t like.  This one I tried to read many, many times, trying hard to convince myself that I was thoroughly enjoying the story.  But the sad truth was, I wasn’t, at all.  Just something about this story struck me as silly and uninteresting which came as a great disappointment to me as I’d heard so much hype about this novel.  People were raving about it, I had friends telling me about it, but sadly, I just didn’t like it at all.

Not much else to say on the matter I suppose.  I know a lot of people did enjoy it so that’s a plus.




  1. Did you find that it was hard to follow? Even the summary is a bit vague and confusing for me.

    1. Alyssa:

      Yes, it was hard to follow and I found the entire story to be a bit silly. Just wasn't my cup of tea at all. I was really disappointed because I'd heard so much about this "fantastic" book.

      Well, I guess you can't please all of the people all of the time.

      Thanks for your comment.


    2. That's too bad. It's so much more disappointing when you expected a great read. Hope the next book you read is better!

    3. Alyssa:

      Yeah, I was disappointed, but oh well. There are tons more books out there to read. But it does bug me when I don't enjoy a book. lol