Hawthorn trees in the bog where I walk are thick with berries round and red. I expect the birds will be devouring them over the next month or two.
I recently finished Melissa Harrison's novel At Hawthorn Time. She skillfully weaves the hopes and trials of four characters into tale that is as much about the countryside setting as it is about the people. It's a slow-paced and thoughtful book with beautiful observations about the natural world of Britain and how nature has nurtured, challenged, and supported humankind through the centuries.
The book is set in the springtime, when hawthorn trees bloom profusely. The ending is ambiguous, leaving the reader to imagine how the story will finally finish.
Do you like reading nature books? Any recommendations?