The Goose Road
by Rowena House
YA Historical Fiction
A debut novel about one girl’s remarkable journey across France during WWI.
France 1916. Angélique Lacroix is haymaking when the postman delivers the news: her father is dead, killed on a distant battlefield. She makes herself a promise: the farm will remain exactly the same until her beloved older brother comes home from the Front. “I think of it like a magical spell. If I can stop time, if nothing ever changes, then maybe he won’t change either.” But a storm ruins the harvest, her mother falls ill and then the requisition appears… In a last-ditch attempt to save the farm from bankruptcy, Angélique embarks on a journey across France with her brother’s flock of magnificent Toulouse geese.
Before starting The Goose Road, I hadn’t read a historical fiction novel in what seemed like ages! So I was really excited to begin – especially since the synopsis makes it seem to interesting and unique – and I was certainly not left disappointed!
The Goose Road may very well be the dark horse of my favourite books of this year already! I was not expecting it to captivate me as much as it did. I felt our main character, Angélique, was so genuine and honest and a breath of fresh air. She had a similarity to her character but at the same time I felt like I’d never encountered anyone like her! She was so determined on her mission to save her family farm, and I really admired her strength, loyalty and compassion throughout her story. I also loved how it followed the story of a female protagonist during World War I, because there’s not a lot of WW1 related stories I’ve come across before with such a prominent role for a young girl.
As well as that, I found the story itself to be so completely indulging. I was obsessed with the plot and characters that whenever I had to put the book down, I couldn’t stop thinking about when I was going to pick it up again! I really, really recommend going out and getting yourself a copy of this wonderful book. House manages to capture every emotion vividly with her gorgeous prose and clever dialogue. I cannot wait to see what she writes next!
The Goose Road is out today and I urge everyone to go out and read it! It will not disappoint!