Mar 16, 2014

Green Heart by Alice Hoffman

A two-fold tale of grief and hope, loss and love, told as only Alice Hoffman can.
When her family is lost in a terrible disaster, 15-year-old Green is haunted by loss and the past. Struggling to survive in a place where nothing seems to grow and ashes are everywhere, Green retreats into the ruined realm of her garden. But in destroying her feelings, she also begins to destroy herself. It is only through a series of mysterious encounters that Green relearns the lessons of love and begins to heal as she tells her own story.
As she heals, Green lives every day with feelings of loss. Her family is gone, the boy she loves is missing, and the world she once knew has been transformed by tragedy. In order to rediscover the truth about love, hope, and magic, she must venture away from her home, collecting the stories of a group of women who have been branded witches for their mysterious powers. Only through their stories will Green find her own heart’s desire.

I borrowed the summary from Alice Hoffman's website. Green Heart has two stories combined into one book. In Green Angel Green loses her family. She's the only one who's left and she lets guilt overwhelm her. She's becoming tougher and tougher and with that she loses part of herself. Things change when she learns how to love again. In Green Witch some time has gone by. Green is writing down other people's stories. The boy she loves hasn't returned to her and she decides to leave her home and look for him. On her way to him she starts collecting stories of a group of magical women. Each of them suffered a terrible loss, but has a beautiful story to tell.
Green Heart is a wonderful book. It's filled with love and hope. Even though something awful has happened which makes the people who are left behind suffer terribly, they still try to make the best of it and they succeed. I loved the philosophical and often very true sentences which make the Green stories so special. I enjoyed every word of these two novellas. They're absolutely marvelous!

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