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ARC Book Review: ‘Kingdomtide’ by Rye Curtis

Title: Kingdomtide

Author: Rye Curtis

Length: 336 pages

Publisher: 4th Estate Books

I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of this from 4th Estate Books and I couldn’t wait to get started.

Synopsis: When seventy-two-year old Cloris Waldrip finds herself lost and alone in the unforgiving wildness of the Montana mountains, with only a bible, a sturdy pair of boots, and a couple of candies to keep her alive, it seems her chances of ever getting home to Texas are slim. Debra Lewis, a park ranger, who is drinking her way out of a messy divorce is the only one who believes the old lady may still be alive. Galvanised by her newfound mission to find her, Lewis leads a motley group of rescuers to follow the trail of clues Cloris has left behind. But as days stretch into weeks, and Clovis’s situation grows ever more precarious, help arrives from the unlikeliest of places, causing her to question all the certainties on which she has built her life.

There’s a part of me that thinks this book got off to a little bit of a slow start, but I think actually at the beginning I was just more into Cloris’a story than Ranger Lewis’s but it didn’t stay that way for long. I was soon loving both of the characters stories.

This book had fantastic characters. Cloris was so likeable and accessible. Full of heart. I loved that she was looking back on her time lost in the wilderness, it gave her such a great perspective. Like I said, I wasn’t that into Ranger Lewis’s chapters at first because she simply wasn’t likeable, but I really think that was intentional from the author and as the book progressed she opened up and became a great character also.

When I started this book, I thought I knew what the plot was going to be, everyone gives up on finding the survivor of the crash and only one person carries on and eventually finds her. But I can happily say I was wrong. This book takes it further and it works. A masked man helps Cloris survive in the woods. It’s sounds crazy right? But trust me it works!

This whole novel really was building towards its ending and it didn’t disappoint. Cloris and her rescuers friendship was something special, it had such a tenderness to it, yet when you find out something about him, it makes you question the whole thing. It was fantastic. It was the highlight of the book for me. I didn’t expect Ranger Lewis’s ending either, it was the total opposite of what I thought was going to happen.

The writing in this book was sharp, brutal and, intense (you can really see this in Ranger Lewis’s personality) and as the plot begins to open and grow, so does the writing. It’s got a real beauty and honesty to it.

Also, sometimes during books certain sentences or passages that really hit me in the feels, they speak to your heart and these always, always make me cry instantly and ‘Kingdomtide’ had one. ‘Perhaps we are all our own lonely bedrooms’. This is so beautiful and poignant. I wept as soon as I read it.

I highly recommend this book. It’s a sharp, intense book that’s full of heart. I read this book at the beginning of January and I still think about it now. I loved it, it’s a book I don’t think I’ll forget anytime soon. It’s out February 6th.

Thank you to 4th Estate Books for gifting me with a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review.

Until the next review


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