I always heard good things about Paulo Coelho and his storytelling, and I do believe that this being the first book I’ve read by this particular author I can believe what others say. This was a great book which I found very entrancing. I enjoyed the story-line and Athena, the main character, was definitely a very beautiful character to be lead by.
In The Witch of Portobello we are introduced to Athena, an adopted young woman who chose the plight of a saint but later chose the path of leading the path less traveled, or perhaps as some people might consider it nomadic or gypsy-like. In this story, we watch as Athena grows and learns and succumbs to the demise of the “witch-like” behavior people have been accusing her of.
This story is about love, and following your dreams. Athena, whom was blessed with the beautiful features that models would pay great amounts for, leads a life where she knows that she is beauty but doesn’t use it to coerce others in order to gain something. This book is written in the form of an interview-memoir, filled with different excerpts by the characters whom were graced by Athena’s presence throughout her journey of self-realization to find “The Mother”.