Review: The Secret of Clouds
Title: The Secret of Clouds
Author: Alyson Richman
Release Date: February 19, 2019
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Synopsis from Goodreads: From the #1 international bestselling author of The Lost Wife and The Velvet Hours comes an emotionally charged story about a mother's love, a teacher's promise, and a child's heart..... Katya, a rising ballerina, and Sasha, a graduate student, are young and in love when an unexpected tragedy befalls their native Kiev. Years later, after the couple has safely emigrated to America the consequences of this incident cause their son, Yuri, to be born with a rare health condition that isolates him from other children. Maggie, a passionate and dedicated teacher agrees to tutor Yuri at his home, even though she is haunted by her own painful childhood memories. As the two forge a deep and soulful connection, Yuri's boundless curiosity and unique wisdom inspires Maggie to make difficult changes in her own life. And she'll never realize just how strong Yuri has made her — until she needs that strength the most...... A novel that will make readers examine what it means to live life with a full heart.
My Review: This is a character driven novel that will have you rooting for the main characters. The plot moves along slowly, told in alternating views between the modern-day Maggie and Yuri’s parents lives before they came to America. One of the things that I really enjoyed about this book was all of the small details that were worked in. The discussion of Chernobyl and its impact as the cause of Yuri’s heart condition was both fascinating and painful to think of the people that were truly affected by the tragedy. I also loved the detail about Maggie’s father making violins and the descriptions that Richman gave. Small details like that really pull a character driven story together and I felt she did a wonderful job doing that. Overall, I really enjoyed the book and I look forward to Richman’s next book!
*I received this book from Berkley Publishing in exchange for an honest review*