I so enjoyed reading this book that I just had to post about it.
I couldn't put t down and it will stay with me for a long time.
By the time she reached the age of 6, Marie-Laure had gone blind. Her father, a locksmith at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, has helped steer his daughter through the world by creating a miniature versions of their home, their neighborhood, and its surroundings. Theirs is a relationship all families long for, and only some achieve—until the war comes crashing down around their cosseted bubble of security.
Meanwhile in Germany, young Werner has grown up an orphan, kept tethered to the world by tinkering and his love of the radio. These talents, and these passions, will see him through dark days as a member of the Hitler Youth, and, he thinks, will help keep his younger sister safe. Though he has grown up with nothing so outwardly precious as Marie-Laure, the war takes from him as well.
When the paths of Werner and Marie-Laure converge, we fully realize the cost of conflict in a way that can often be difficult to show in a textbook. We also see the genuine humanity that bubbles up in even the darkest of hours.
Some years ago I bought a large box of artificial flowers from the car boot and they have been in the cupboard ever since.
I knew I'd find a use for them one day and as I had a few willow wreaths, again from the car boot I made some up for the garden just to liven things up.
One on the side of the shed and another on the door.
Not sure how they will fare in the weather but they cost nothing so not worried.
This is the sad thing for us now.
We both loved the car boots and can't begin to tell you how many lovely unusual things we have bought over the years but sadly we are now a couple of old crocks who can't manage to walk around them so we will reminisce instead. lol