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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
Llywelyn by Michael Hill is an interesting story set in a small, beautiful valley in Wales. Llywelyn has lived and farmed in this village all his life, but now he is about to lose everything and he is helpless about it. The valley has been taken over for a reservoir and no matter how much fight he puts up, he knows he is losing the battle. His daughter, Nerys, has issues of her own and while taking care of her son, Davie, she still has to help her father keep his sanity. The father of her son wants to save their relationship but, being a violent man, his influence on Llywelyn scares Nerys. While the work on the reservoir continues, a lot of drama takes place and the reader wonders if there can be any hope for the farmer.
Michael Hill captures the experience of change in a rural setting with intelligence and infuses the writing with a lot of realism. The characters are real and it is interesting to follow the many relationships happening between characters, the jealousies, the hatred and the kind of insanity that happens when change is introduced into a rural setting. The prose is beautiful and the author captures stunning images of the locales and gives readers an idea of the strong relationship between the protagonist and the earth he has worked all his life. Themes of change, family, love, and the struggle for survival are ingeniously woven into this exciting story. It's an engaging read with characters that are tangible and memorable.