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The King of Lavender Square

por Susan Ryan

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Saskia watches the lives of others from her eyrie in Lavender Square with a lonely fascination. While the teacher, the recluse, the advertising whizz-kid and the African woman and her young son run, rush, dart and dash, she knows for sure that she will never have anything worth dashing to.But sometimes all it takes is a little magic to bring people together. And, in Lavender Square, where the lavender grows in mysterious abundance and colours the air with a musky sense of love, magic is never very far away.The neighbours, who once passed each other by in detached universes, find themselves thrown together when they are obliged to take care of young Patrick Kimba. His mother is seriously ill and no one knows when or if she is ever coming home. At first they resist the tiresome interruption, until quite by accident Patrick's dream of becoming a football star and finding his long-lost father becomes theirs, and their lives and heartaches become woven together in a new and unexpected pattern.… (mais)

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a meaningfull story of an african boy born in Dublin, who depends on the good heart of the neighbors. In a world where migration is a big issue, this story moves and makes us think about it. ( )
  elicarra | Feb 10, 2019 |
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It took me some tome to read this book. I found it hard to get into the story maybe because i was an ebook and maybe because the characters, at first didn't seem connected to each other in any way except living in the same geographical area. They were forced together by the hospitalization of Patrick's mother and the need to look after him. Patrick dreamed of being a professional football (soccer) player and playing for Ireland. But he was born to a Congolese immigrant single mother and it was hard for him to even fit in let alone progress towards his dream. A local man from the community came forward to coach a community soccer team that could compete against other community leagues.
If the story had focused more on Patrick and not tried to give every other character equal billing, it would have moved along more quickly and held my interest better. That said, I did get into the last few chapters and enjoyed the ending of the book.
  Madeline.Wood | Jun 15, 2018 |
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This is set in contemporary Dublin and covers a random group of neighbours who live in the eponymous square. The main character is Patrick the son of an immigrant woman from Congo and when his mother is ill the neighbours rally round to take care of him, and later her. Patrick's dream is to play football for a local team and for Ireland. All the characters have their secrets and some come to trust each other enough to reveal them. Most characters get something of a happy ending without it being a sugary conclusion.
This was was much the best ER book of all those I've had. ( )
  CDVicarage | Apr 3, 2018 |
Patrick Kimba is Irish, born to a Congolese mother who left Africa to find a better life for her child. They settle in a dark apartment in one of the buildings in Lavender Square in Dublin. Saskia Heffernan lives upstairs. She works in a coffee shop, but she's intrigued by her neighbors in the square as they pass by in their individual lives, especially the young boy kicking a ball against her steps. When his mother becomes ill, Saskia gets the neighbors to pitch in to help Patrick. Football (American soccer) becomes Patrick's passion, and everyone pitches in to help him realize his dreams.
I loved this story. Each character is interesting and fully realized with both good and bad sides as in real life. As time passes, they become such a tight group and family with all the love and squabbles you find in a real family.
There's a lot of football in the story, and I admit, I occasionally had to look up people or teams because the author mixes real with fictional ones which is fine and doesn't matter to the story; I was just curious. But at heart, this is a very enjoyable story about people who I want to be my friends. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Apr 2, 2018 |
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'The King of Lavender Square' by Susan Ryan is a beautiful story of neighbors coming together to help out a young boy, Patrick Kimba, when his mother falls ill. Through the boy their lives become intertwined and they become a family from being strangers. The story highlights the challenges that immigrants face as they leave their country to take refuge in foreign lands to build a safer life and gives us a taste of the horrors they face and the hopes they feel. The author brings together characters of different shades and blends them together to create a dreamlike picture. It is a story of dreams, hope, pain, jealousy, love and happily-ever-afters. It is one of those books that give you a warm feeling as you finish it without being able to put it down. ( )
  Ilmiyat | Mar 16, 2018 |
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Saskia watches the lives of others from her eyrie in Lavender Square with a lonely fascination. While the teacher, the recluse, the advertising whizz-kid and the African woman and her young son run, rush, dart and dash, she knows for sure that she will never have anything worth dashing to.But sometimes all it takes is a little magic to bring people together. And, in Lavender Square, where the lavender grows in mysterious abundance and colours the air with a musky sense of love, magic is never very far away.The neighbours, who once passed each other by in detached universes, find themselves thrown together when they are obliged to take care of young Patrick Kimba. His mother is seriously ill and no one knows when or if she is ever coming home. At first they resist the tiresome interruption, until quite by accident Patrick's dream of becoming a football star and finding his long-lost father becomes theirs, and their lives and heartaches become woven together in a new and unexpected pattern.

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