Tissues will definitely be needed when you are reading this book- it is a heart warming story about a girl who cannot see, hear, or speak. She lives in a world of her own and has no way of communicating with others. You will definitely want to read this book and discover how her life turns out- it is not a book you should miss!
Title: The Visitors
Author: Rebecca Mascull
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: 2014
Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Source: Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review
Imagine if you couldn’t see
Then one day somebody took your hand and opened up the world to you.
Adeliza Golding is a deafblind girl, born in late Victorian England on her father’s hop farm. Unable to interact with her loving family, she exists in a world of darkness and confusion; her only communication is with the ghosts she speaks to in her head, who she has christened the Visitors. One day she runs out into the fields and a young hop-picker, Lottie, grabs her hand and starts drawing shapes in it. Finally Liza can communicate.
Her friendship with her teacher and with Lottie’s beloved brother Caleb leads her from the hop gardens and oyster beds of Kent to the dusty veldt of South Africa and the Boer War, and ultimately to the truth about the Visitors.
Rebecca Mascull’s first novel is the tale of a wonderful friendship, but it is also a thrilling adventure, a heartbreaking love story and a compelling ghost story
About the Author
Rebecca Mascull lives by the sea in the East of England with her partner Simon and their daughter Poppy.
A story where a young girl is living in the dark and is frustrated because she cannot interact with the world as everyone else does. This story tugs at the heart strings, not only when you meet Liza and begin to understand what she has to go through, but also when you meet other characters throughout the book- Caleb, Lottie, Maria, and even the Visitors.
I started reading this book and my heart went out to Liza. It must be so difficult to live without being able to hear or speak. Then to also not be able to see. You aren’t able to interact well with people- you can’t communicate with you. Then to also only be able to see your mother once a day for a bit because she is ill. OMG! I guess Liza at least has the Visitors, although she isn’t too sure what or who they are- which can be very scary.
This book definitely tugs at your heart strings and makes you grateful for what you have. I absolutely loved the writing style and the fact that it was told from young Liza’s point of view. The plot was fantastic and we got to watch Liza grow up from a little baby to a fantastic young woman of twenty. There are several historical facts thrown into the book, and even a bit of mystery.
I fell in love with Liza and Lottie. The relationship the two had was amazing to watch and both of them helped the other out whenever necessary. They might have been from two different social standings, but it didn’t matter to either one- they just wanted the other to be happy.
I cannot say it enough- if you want a book that has a lot of feels and is an excellent read, then I highly recommend you pick up The Visitors by Rebecca Mascull.
Thank you to Hachette UK Canada for contacting me and sending me a copy of this amazing book.