Book Review: The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae – Stephanie Butland *****

This past week we had our “once every decade” deluge of snow. The country ground to a halt and I curled up in the warm with Ailsa Rae. There are some books that you really don’t want to end and The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae definitely falls into that category.

Ailsa was born with a defective heart. Emergency surgery as a baby saved her life but she has always been fragile and weak with a distinctive touch of blue to her pale Scottish skin. Staying home as she grew weaker and weaker her blog was her only real connection with the outside world apart from her hospital visits. Under the watchful gaze of her mum, Hayley, Ailsa feels her life starting to ebb away.

An extraordinary visit from the transport co-ordinator brings a ray of hope. A heart. One that matches. One that will soon be hers.

Set in the lovely city of Edinburgh this is very much a coming of age story where the main character is twenty eight and is only just discovering what it is like to really live. Ailsa is one of those characters that you want as your best friend. Quirky and compassionate with a naivety that that just endears her to everyone. A unicorn friend for everyone.

As Ailsa tries to cope with her new life there are too many decisions for her to think about herself so she puts polls up on her Blueheart Blog asking her many followers to vote for what she should do. Often with dramatic consequences that threaten her relationship with her mother. This is a beautiful book that will make you laugh and cry – often at the same time! – and Ailsa is a heroine for a new generation. All hail Blueheart.

Supplied by Net Galley and Zaffre in exchange for an honest review.

UK Publication Date: Apr 19 2018. 416 pages.

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