The Comet Seekers – Helen Sedgwick

Continuing with my holiday reads..not even halfway yet! This was a book I have had on my to read list since spotting it in the Edinburgh book festival brochure last year. I finally got it through the library before my holiday. Essentially telling the story of Roisin, a girl from rural Ireland with a passion for the skies, and Francois, a young French man brought up by his mother who is literally haunted by her past. The two meet in the present day at the beginning of the book in Antarctica under comet Giacobini. The book then travels back through their lives but only picking up when a comet is visible in the skies. In that way multiple stories are told covering many years and places and introducing many characters. There are stories of love and loss, hope and heartbreak. We can see how Roisin and Francois paths cross and they seem destined to be together. I really liked the concept of this book, it was really interesting learning about the different comets, many of which have happened in my lifetime yet only a few I had really been aware of. The individual  stories were very good but also worked well as part of the overall story. It’s beautifully written conveying the sense of the vastness of our world and the ties that bind and the delicate path that is often trod between the two. The characters all felt real and significant even those that are not main characters. It’s a great read, something a bit different, original and definitely making my good reads list. I’ll be looking out for other books by this author.

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