The Beekeeper Of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri – Book Review

The Beekeeper Of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri – Book Review


In the midst of war, he found love

In the midst of darkness, he found courage

In the midst of tragedy, he found hope

Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo – until the unthinkable happens.

When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape. But what Afra has seen is so terrible she has gone blind, and so they must embark on a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece towards an uncertain future in Britain. On the way, Nuri is sustained by the knowledge that waiting for them is Mustafa, his cousin and business partner, who has started an apiary and is teaching fellow refugees in Yorkshire to keep bees.

As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss, but dangers that would overwhelm the bravest of souls. Above all – and perhaps this is the hardest thing they face – they must journey to find each other again.




What a hauntingly beautiful story. 

It’s the tale of Nuri, Afra and their son, Sammi who live in the city of Aleppo in Syria

The horrendous war breaks out and when a young man dies, they are encouraged to leave Aleppo and travel to England. Afra won’t leave, as this is her home, but tragedy strikes when a bomb drops close to their home.

This is their story of their journey from a devastated home to England…heartbreaking and harrowing, but also a story of love and hope. This will stay with me for a long time.

Thank you to Tracy and Compulsive Readers for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour.  This is my honest, unbiased review.


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Brought up in London, Christy Lefteri is the child of Cypriot refugees. She is a lecturer in creative writing at Brunel University. The Beekeeper of Aleppo was born out of her time working as a volunteer at a Unicef supported refugee centre in Athens, and draws on her own personal experiences getting to know those escaping harrowing war torn regions. Everything in the book; dark or beautiful has come directly from people she has met. 


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