Palm Trees in the Snow and so much More
April 12, 2017
Have you heard about, read, watched ‘Palm Trees in the Snow?’ If not, you’re in for a treat. I’ve always enjoyed reading for pleasure but I’ve fallen off in the last few years. You know the usual, ‘there’s no time’ etc etc. This year I’m focusing on better habits, one of which is to stop making excuses and make time for me and the things I enjoy. So, I finally made reading a priority and I’ve stocked up on some books to dig into during my ‘me’ time.
My latest read was the novel ‘Palm Trees in the Snow’ by Luz Gabás. OMG, it was so much more than I expected. This book has a
little bit lot of everything! It involves drama, intrigue, history, politics, family, love, sacrifice, obligation and so much more. Not to give away too much, the story is about a Spanish family’s complicated relationship & history with Equatorial Guinea during the colonial period. The story starts with a mysterious letter that leads Clarence (one of the main characters) into her father and uncle’s past and opens up a whole new world to her and brings us readers along for the ride.
As for rating the book, for me, Palm Trees in the Snow gets 4.5 (out of 5) stars. There are some parts that are a little long and drawn out but it helps set the scene and really immerses you into the story. I felt like I was there experiencing the environment, the life, the action as opposed to simply reading about it. Not only was the novel a great read but I actually learned quite a bit along the way about Equatorial Guinea, its history, its people and its renowned cocoa and coffee plantations. If you’re looking for an engaging story to get engrossed in, then Palm Trees in the Snow is the novel for you!
On a side note, I stumbled upon the Palm Trees in the Snow book thanks to the Kindle First program by Amazon. ICYMI, it’s a program for which all Amazon Prime members are eligible. Once you subscribe, you get a monthly list of ebooks that are being offered a month ahead of their official release date and you are able to pick one to download for free each month. Note: if you don’t have a Kindle device, no worries; you can still read the books using the free Kindle app on your Android or Apple, PC or Mac devices, as well as via any web browser using the Kindle Cloud Reader.
What I typically do, once I get the monthly newsletter, is check the reviews for each book on both Amazon and Goodreads (another of my faves) and I pick the one with the best reviews that interests me. Because of this program, I have quite a few Kindle books stored up just waiting for me to get to them. I’ll be honest, until recently, I was fighting the whole e-reading concept. I just love the good ol’ physical book; feeling the paper in my hands, actually turning pages, the smell, imperfections and all. I still prefer it but, I have to admit, having access to a large number of books on multiple devices pretty much anywhere I am is pretty convenient and really can’t be beat.
And by the way, if you don’t have Amazon Prime (which I find hard to believe), just stop reading right now and click here. Ok, that’s a bit dramatic but seriously, I absolutely love this service and, in my opinion, it’s worth every penny Amazon charges (I believe it’s $11/month or $100/year. Also, there’s a 30 day free trial). I do so much online shopping (and a good part of it on Amazon) that the FREE 2 day shipping alone makes it worth it for me. In addition, my family gets really good use out of Prime Videos (free movies & tv shows) and now I’ve even joined the Kindle books wagon (which my hubby and kids have already been enjoying for years). There are also other benefits like access to music, games, audio series and more that I haven’t even explored yet. So, of course, Amazon Prime is definitely on my faves list!
Oh and fyi, the Palm Trees in the Snow book has been made into a movie. I found it to be a pretty decent representation of the book but, like most movies, it just isn’t able to fully live up to the book. So, I highly recommend that you read the novel first and don’t watch the trailer either so you can really enjoy all the elements of the story without having an idea of what’s going to happen.
For those of you who’ve already read the book or don’t intend to read it, here’s the trailer for the Palm Trees in the Snow movie…
And you can watch the entire movie on Netflix. Maybe a Netflix and chill invitation 😉 (wait is that still a thing???)
If you are really not into watching foreign language films via subtitles, you can change the audio to English, as well as French, German or Italian if that suits you better.