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Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
The beauty of nature and the pure joy of selfless love are in stark contrast to the effects of greed, deception and vanity in Silvana: The Greening by Belinda Mellor. Fabiom, heir to the Holding of Deepvale, has always found refuge in the wildwood, home to the mystical Silvanii, the spirits of the trees. After finding comfort under the boughs of a beautiful Ash as a small boy, Fabiom returns time and again to ‘his’ tree. On the eve of his 17th birthday, Fabiom is willing to take the chance of being accepted as husband to the spirit, in spite of the responsibilities he will owe his father, his land and his people. Although he achieves much success, life unfortunately takes unexpected turns and things don’t all pan out the way Fabiom would like. He steps up to his role, however, and uses his experiences and deep, abiding love to show him the way to create peace between neighbors and feuding nations. Will his own personal happiness have the same chance?
Beautiful descriptions, heartfelt prose and plenty of action and emotion fill each and every page of this exciting and enjoyable story. Silvana: The Greening by Belinda Mellor pays tribute to the wonders of nature and the need to treat all living things with love and care. Jealousy, greed and hate are contrasted with pure love, dedication and the desire to do right and, just like in real life, success is not always guaranteed. Well written and thoroughly engrossing! The descriptions are wonderfully clear and evocative and the author touches on many difficult topics with sure but gentle insight. The first in the Silvana Series of Novels, this is one book that will resonate with readers of all ages long after the last page is turned.