Published by Orenda on September 30, 2018
Also by this author: Call Me Star Girl, Nothing Else
Long ago Andrew made a childhood wish. One he has always kept in a silver box with a too-big lid that falls off. When it finally comes true, he wishes it hadn't...
Long ago Ben dreamed of going to Africa to volunteer at a lion reserve. When he finally goes there, it isn't for the reasons he imagined...
Ben and Andrew keep meeting where they least expect. Some collisions are by design, but are they for a reason? Ben's father would disown him for his relationship with Andrew, so they must hide their love. Andrew is determined to make it work, but secrets from his past threaten to ruin everything.
Ben escapes to Zimbabwe to finally fulfil his lifelong ambition. But will he ever return to England? To Andrew? To the truth?
A dark and poignant drama, The Lion Tamer Who Lost is also a mesmerisingly beautiful love story, with a tragic heart.
My heart has literally been broken. I am completely and utterly blown away. Ms Beech you have broken me, I don’t think I can read any of your other books…..ok I jest I will be reading everything.
What we have here with this book is the most beautifully told love story, but at the same time you have your heart ripped out in two and stomped on, well I did. I can’t stop crying. It has all the feels and so much more and one of the most breathtaking pieces of writing I have ever read. I will be shouting about this book for such a long time from all the rooftops for the entire world to hear. I can not express enough, and I say it again, how beautiful this story is.
This story is going to be staying with me for a while, and my god this NEEDS AND MUST be made for the big screen, I would bring about 10 man size boxes of tissues to get me through it but it would be amazing to see this play out.
Set in the different times and places, we come into the world of Andrew and Ben. Opening up the book, we are transported to the idyllic sunrise that Ben has the opportunity to experience being on a lion reserve in Zimbabwe. He is running away from his problems and not addressing them. But what are these problems? What happened with Ben and Andrew? Why are they not together? We are given snippets throughout just enough to tease to the reader to keep you reading. I couldn’t put this book down, and I never wanted it to end.
The scenery of Zimbabwe was absolutely breathtaking, I would love to be there everyday experiencing that sunrise just like Ben did. It is a stark contrast to the past/future of Hull when we are taken back.
I’m not going to talk too much about the plot, because I don’t want to do it a disservice especially to anyone who is going to pick this up. You have read the blurb and that is enough to get you started, plus I might just sit here and blub and nothing will make sense.
I could not think of one character I did not like in this book, even the one you aren’t meant to like because at the end what did it matter. They all had a journey to go on, and their own conclusions to get there, the one thing that this book resonated deeply is that family is everything.
It is just so magical, to think that someone could take you on an adventure into the unknown and make you feel so attached and protective of two fictional people. But this book does this to you, I wanted to wrap both Ben and Andrew up in cotton wool and occasionally hit their heads together. They are my happy place, end of. So together, in the moment with each other despite the obstacles they faced. What was there not to love about them?
Just do not get me started on that Wish box! Feel the tears already…….
This book should come with a tissue warning because you need them and in the last few chapters, you will need a box or two. I was crying that much that my little lady comes up to me and gave me a hug and told me it will be ok and not to cry. Well, that makes it bloody worse…I promise I have stopped crying now, just something in my eye……..emotional wreck over here.
*Thank you so much to Anne at Random Things tours, Orenda Books and the author Louise Beech for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review*
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