Book Review: Beneath the Rainbow by Lisa Shambrook

Beneath the Rainbow is an enchanting tale full of beautiful characters and wonderful scenes. It is both heartbreaking and uplifting. It is truly captivating.

“…clarity filled her mind, and all of a sudden reality emerged. “I’m not ready,” she whispered, “I’m not ready.”
Freya’s eyes glazed with unshed tears and she trembled. “I think…I died…””


“It’s those silly dreams that keep us alive…

Dreams define us, shape us and realise our potential…they make us who we are.

Freya won’t let death stand in her way. When she dies Freya knows she needs to move on, but is caught within her mother’s grief and the discovery of terminally ill Old Thomas. Finding she can affect the lives of those beyond her heaven she fights to reach her mother and wants to help Thomas realise his final dream.

Meanwhile, her family finds her own list of goals and soon discovers that Thomas has a burning desire to ride a motorbike. Freya intends to create a rainbow, the last item on her list, to reach her mother, but her pale arcs won’t achieve closure.Β She needs scarlet like remembrance poppies then sunset orange and sunflower yellow. She makes green like her willow and blue like daddy’s t-shirt. Finally conjuring indigo, the shade of deepening night and violet to match Purple Ted… Beneath these colours will Freya reach her mother, wait for Old Thomas and be ready to move on?

Discover the importance of dreams and fulfilment in Freya’s heart-breaking and uplifting tale of grief, hope, triumph and joy.”


Image courtesy of Lisa Shambrook

Beneath the Rainbow is a wonderful story; in it you will read of pain and devastating grief, of love and pure joy, of innocence and absolute beauty. This book captivates and you will find yourself caring for each of the characters you read about, you will wish for Old Thomas to reach his unreachable star and yearn for Freya’s mother to find her solace.

Lisa uses a unique voice in her writing, exploring details and moments giving you a far more intimate view of the entwined stories. She lays out her stunning description of ‘heaven’ from Freya’s point of view using a language that remains young and innocent but still shows a greater understanding. This creates a fantastic ageless quality of the characters we meet in heaven. Beneath the Rainbow is a quick read with short chapters, I love short chapters and they tend to keep me reading more than longer ones.

This book will have you crying, both from sadness and exquisite joy, and laughing. You will visit the intimate details of the characters; the hope of Freya’s school friends, the true innocence of her younger sister Jasmine, the pain of her mother and the dreams of Old Thomas. Beneath the Rainbow takes you on an enchanting journey, something of an emotional roller-coaster. It really is a must-read.


I’m giving Beneath the Rainbow five stars. This captivating tale will touch on every emotion, it truly is inspiring and beautiful.

I would recommend this book to all ages, though the book does talk about the subject of death, it is in a way that is not at all violent. If you enjoyed The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom or Loser by Jerry Spinelli you’ll love this.



You can get Beneath the Rainbow in eBook or Paperback from Amazon: Beneath the Rainbow

To find out more about the author and other books she’s been involved in visit:

Visit her Facebook page here: Lisa Shambrook, Author

*DISCLAIMER: I am related to Lisa Shambrook however I did purchase this book and all opinions in this review are my own. As I have said before, I would never lie to my readers.



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