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The Heart's Invisible FuriesThe Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thoughts by Brenda

I was lost in the all my heart and soul lush coulee with Susanne and Lindsay reading The Heart’s Invisible Furies and we took some time in the coulee to soak up and savor this unforgettable story.

For this one I am not going to do a full sister review, instead write some of my thoughts and add Susanne’s review and Lindsay’s thoughts after my thoughts.  I think Susanne did a wonderful job summing up this wonderful story and our feelings toward this one. However as always I do have a bit more to say.

The Heart’s Invisible Furies captured my heart and I had so many emotions while reading this one. John Boyne writes with humor and heart within this story and does such a good job blending fact and fiction while exploring some serious subjects over the span of this story. He cleverly balances the humor and seriousness of the subjects making this a heartbreaking, heartwarming and entertaining read. John Boyne adds some coincidences here in that lighten up some of the harsh darkness, allowing us to pause and think more about this story.

John Boyne does a fantastic job creating an interesting, complex character here with Cyril Avery, who fascinated me and frustrated me at times with his capability for compassion and his selfishness. We enjoyed watching him evolve over the span of his life. We highly recommend!


Susanne’s Review

Unforgettable, Heartbreaking and Humorous. In “The Heart’s Invisible Furies,” John Boyne takes us on the journey of Cyril Avery’s life. His loves and losses, his heartbreaks and his triumphs. He makes you laugh out loud hysterically and cry just as often. John Boyne makes you fall in love with every single character in this brilliant novel. Cyril, his best friend Julian Woodbead, Julian’s sister Alice, Bastiaan and Ignaac. After finishing it, my heart was full. “The Heart’s Invisible Furies” definitely tops one of my favorite books ever list. I hope it finds its way on yours as well.

In the 1940’s, Cyril Avery’s birth mother, Catherine Goggin, was cast out of the Catholic Church for being an unwed mother. Cyril was then adopted by Charles and Maude Avery. They have never considered him to be a “real” Avery. Then, at the age of seven, Cyril undergoes a defining moment. He meets Julian Woodbead and they have a moment between them and Cyril learns something about himself.  He likes boys. He also knows that in Ireland, in that day and age, it is not acceptable, thus Cyril keeps it a secret and so it begins. A life of keeping secrets.

Heart’s is brilliant, clever, heartfelt, humorous and sad. Moments of laughing out loud WICKEDLY and SOBBING hysterically. This novel progresses every seven years up until 2015, throughout Cyril’s life. He is responsible for heartache and pain and equally experiences bigotry, racism, love and hate. No one gets out unscathed. John Boyne brilliantly ties characters and storylines together in a way that stunned me. I loved this novel like no other. All I can say is that I hope you will too. Read it. Read it now. You will NOT regret it.


Lindsay’s Thoughts

I am having a hard time finding the proper way to describe my love for this book. Cyril is one of the most amazing and unforgettable characters I have ever ‘met’!

I felt an immediate connection to this novel – from page 1, I was fully invested in Cyril’s life. I felt so many emotions throughout the pages of this captivating book – happiness, anxiety, sorrow, sadness, anger, disappointment, excitement……and the list goes on. Cyril’s narration was done brilliantly!

This is my first book by this author, John Boyne, and I am now a huge fan! Can’t wait to read his other work!


8 thoughts on “The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne #BookReview #travelingsistersread

  1. Susanne S says:

    Brenda & Lindsay – I love both your thoughts and reviews! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      Thank you, Susanne!


  2. Ann Marie says:

    Very nicely done, ladies! I loved this one too.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      Thank you, Ann Marie! I am so glad you loved this one too!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Lindsay says:

    Loved reading this with you Brenda and Susanne!! Fantastic book!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      Thank you, Lindsay! Such a great one to read together!


  4. bibliobeth says:

    So pleased you loved this, it was a five star read for me too, I can’t stop thinking about it!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      Thank you, Beth! I am so glad to see you loved it too! Such a great one. I think it might be one we all think about for quite awhile. Thank you for all your support for our blog! 💖

      Liked by 1 person

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