Book Review | The White Pearl
Title: The White Pearl
Author: Kate Furnivall
The White Pearl was a pleasure to read from the very first chapter. It was so easy to sympathize with Connie and the oppression that she felt. Furnivall does an incredible job of capturing the loneliness and frustration that is felt on a daily basis. Connie is a great character with such a caring heart who is tormented by her past mistakes. Only a truly caring person would let be haunted by what she has been through which makes her character that much more believable.
It’s always difficult to know how much to say without giving away spoilers. I hate spoilers or any hint towards how the book will end because I am usually able to guess where a book is going. So, without saying too much, I was constantly surprised by the twists and turns that The White Pearl took. Each one made sense to the story and I was never frustrated by them, which made them that much more enjoyable to read. I would go into more specifics, but like I said, I hate spoilers and I refuse to accidentally introduce any to the fabulous readers out there.
I will admit I don’t know much about Malaya (or Malaysia as it is now known), let alone during the time of the Second World War, but I could clearly picture this unique country through the descriptions provided. There are so many locations that we get to visit as the characters sail on The White Pearl searching for safety, and each one was amazing to read about.
Furnivall wasn’t afraid to tear at the heart strings of the readers. I shed quite a few tears before the end, but they were worth it. I expect to cry if I’m reading about war and it’s always a little disappointing if the author doesn’t achieve the connection with the reader that will make that happen. The White Pearl left me satisfied with my wet cheeks. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.*