I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Emma Carroll’s ‘Escape to the River Sea,’ inspired by the world of Eva Ibbotson. In 1946, Rosa Sweetman, a young Kindertransport girl, is longing for her family to claim her. The war in Europe is over and she is the only child left at Westwood, a rambling country estate in the north of England, where she’d taken refuge seven years earlier. The arrival of a friend of the family, Yara Fielding, starts an adventure that will take Rosa deep into the lush beauty of the Amazon rainforest in search of jaguars, ancient giant sloths and somewhere to belong. What she finds is Yara’s lively, welcoming family on the banks of the river and, together, they face a danger greater than she could ever have imagined.
I absolutely loved, ‘Escape to the River Sea, I’ve been a fan of Emma’s writing for many years but this completely exceeded my expectations. So atmospheric, rich & vivid I felt like I’d been transported to the Amazon jungle as I watched the scenery unfold before my eyes. It manages to evoke all of your senses enabling the reader to completely lose themselves in the story. Brilliantly written, sublime characterisation and a super climax that was absolute perfection. It had such a wildness about it, a truly epic adventure that will stay with me for a long time.
Guest post – Emma Carroll
To celebrate the release Emma has chosen her favourite bookshop (which in a lovely co-incidence is my favourite too) and her favourite library.
A favourite bookshop… The Rocketship Bookshop in Salisbury, run by the wonder that is Jo Boyles. She’s a huge supporter of writers and readers, and fulfilled her dream of opening her own bookshop in 2020. There’s nothing about kids’ books Jo doesn’t know. She’s an absolute diamond and she hosted my very first signing for Escape to the River Sea. If you’re not following the shop on twitter you’re missing out! @rshipbshop
A favourite library… Gateshead Public Library is one of the most beautiful, buzzing libraries I’ve ever visited. It’s a bright, light space offering everything from research facilities to brilliant kids and YA selections- and a very nice coffee shop! It’s well-used and loved by the local community. You can follow the library for recommendations, news of events and more @gateslibraries
Thank you to Emma for these lovely recommendations.
‘Escape to the River Sea,’ is available to buy online now or from your local bookshops. Signed copies available while stocks lasts at The Rocketship Bookshop.
Why not join in with the rest of the blog tour for more reviews and guest posts.
Thank you to Clare and Macmillan for sending me an early copy of this marvellous book and for inviting me to join in with the blog tour.
This review has been included in Twinkl’s ‘A List of Books for Children’ blog.