I’ve said it before, but I will say it again, I am a sucker for a cute cover.
This book was fine, it’s cover was probably better. It’s the story of a guard at the Tower of London who owns a Tortoise that is over 100 years old. Word gets around that he is good with animals and therefore the Queen of England puts him in charge of the Royal Menagerie which they are bring back to the Tower of London in order to increase the number of tourists coming through.
The guard and his wife had a fabulous love story but then things started slowly falling apart when their son died. Throughout the book, you know that their young son died but you do not know how or why, and it keeps you reading because you want to know what happened.
It takes 262 pages to find out, and it’s a little anticlimatic.
The ‘supporting cast’ in this book is fabulous. I love all of the storylines and all of their flaws.
Parts of this book were fabulous. Parts were a little anticlimatic and disappointing. Pick it up if you see it — you might really enjoy it! Just do not read too much into the son’s storyline. If you are expecting something scandalous or at least shocking, you’ll be disappointed on Page 262.