Saffron Hayes is seventeen years old and about to experience the rockiest week of her life. After finding an old briefcase hidden in the attic of her house, and unearthing the secrets it has held onto for ten years, she confronts her father as to the truth about her mother who she believed died when she, Saffron, was just seven years old.

The following seven days are filled with the twists and turns of love, lies and secrets as Saffron embarks on a journey to discover the truth about everything she had ever believed in.

The Colour of Shaddows

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REVIEW: The Colour of Shadows by Phyllida Shrimpton ⭐️ I’ll be honest with you. I wasn’t expecting this novel to hit me in the feels as much as it did. And I definitely wasn’t expecting to read this in one sitting! ⭐️ At first, though I found the main complication and driving force for the novel super intriguing, I found it hard to align myself and empathise with the main character, Saffron. She was spoilt, petty and talked to the people around her in a poor way. However, as the novel progressed, I came to see that some of the qualities that I attributed to her at first had shifted as she encountered the world around her. I came to see her stubbornness as tenacity, her distance as uncertainty and her fierce attachment to the past as loyalty. Though I preferred Tom and the step mum as characters, I could appreciate Saffron’s arc and the lessons and experiences she learnt along the way. ⭐️ The main reason I loved this book was Shrimpton’s portrayal of the homeless. Though it was clear that Saffron would ultimately return to her life of luxury, it was eye opening to read how she ended up coping on the streets – not from her common sense but the generosity and kindness of others (e.g. the sharing of cardboard to sit on). It was refreshing to learn about the homeless individuals she encountered. I particularly enjoyed how Shrimpton was able to create vivid images of who they were and who they are separate from their homelessness. ⭐️ I am looking forward to sharing this one with my students and placing it on our classroom bookshelf! ⭐️ Thank you @allenandunwin for gifting me a copy to review! ⭐️ RATING: ★★★★ ⭐️ Full review can be found on Goodreads:

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