A hauntingly powerful and emotionally charged novel about family secrets, love and loss, identity and belonging.
Two children trapped in the same attic, almost a century apart, bound by a shared secret.
Early 1900s London: Taken from his homeland, twelve-year-old Celestine spends most of the time locked away in the attic of a large house by the sea. The only time Celestine isn’t bound by confines of the small space is when he is acting as an unpaid servant to English explorer Sir Richard Babbington, As the years pass, he desperately clings on to memories of his family in Africa, even as he struggles to remember his mother’s face, and sometimes his real name . . .
1974: Lowra, a young orphan girl born into wealth and privilege whose fortunes have now changed, finds herself trapped in the same attic. Searching for a ray of light in the darkness of the attic, Lowra finds under the floorboards an old-fashioned pen, a porcelain doll, a beaded necklace, and a message carved on the wall, written in an unidentifiable language. Providing comfort for her when all hope is lost, these clues will lead her to uncover the secrets of the attic.
This book took me for a ride. One that was very much needed. I felt every emotion reading this and it being a historical fiction has made it even more meaningful. I thank and I love Lola Jaye for giving the Lion a Voice. I hold this book extremely close to my heart and it is a story that I will make sure my kids are familiar with. 🖤🖤🖤 I’m so happy after this read
“I just wanted to give a lion a voice”
A beautiful and powerful story of two children, Dikembe and Lowra, stuck in the same attic decades apart. Their experiences bringing them closer together by some invisible string. This is a story of inner strength and personal triumph that is sure to bring you on a rollercoaster of emotions and will undoubtedly make it hard for you to put down. This is a must read!
Lola Jaye wanted to give a Lion a voice and I think she gave it a roar.
Note: I read an advanced copy of this book courtesy of Harper Collins and as part of the Book Club Girl Early Read Program. Thank you!