The Good Bear by Sarah Lean is a simply charming novel for ages nine years and over. It is perfect to read in the run up to Christmas or indeed for any time of year to swell your heart with love and care.
The novel is magical as you try to work out, could this tale be true? Told on flashbacks to 1978 when the mother telling the tale was twelve years old, the reader becomes completely absorbed in the story.
We all want to be loved and to belong. Animals are no exception. An ill-treated bear and a young girl bond together in search of love. It is beautiful to watch the love develop.
The tale is set in a Norwegian forest just before Christmas. With snow on the ground, it is all very atmospheric as Sarah Lean paints the scene with her words.
I absolutely loved The Good Bear. It is a perfect story for any age and will leave you smiling.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.