It is 1936 and Kate Merritt works hard to keep her family together. Her father has slipped into alcoholism, her mother is trying to come to grips with their dire financial situation, and her sisters seem to remain blissfully oblivious to all of it. Kate could never have imagined that a dirty, abandoned little girl named Lorena Birdsong would be just what her family needs. In this richly textured audio book, award-winning author Ann H. Gabhart reveals the power of true love, the freedom of forgiveness, and the strength to persevere through troubled times, all against the backdrop of a sultry Kentucky summer.
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Where was her editor?
Put the word "mash" on the author's banned word list.. Another author, whose books I thoroughly enjoy, overuses the phrase "tucked into dinner". And he only uses it a few times per book. This author found ways to use 'mash' in every chaper, her favorite being, "mashed her lips together." After her third use of this word/phrase, it was like a fingernail scratching on a chalkboard.On a more serious note, has anyone noticed that her male characters are either tyrants or weaklings? I found her use of flashbacks slowed down the story. I became impatient with their length. Perhaps I would have found them more interesting if I knew nothing about World War 1.
I did not listen to this book expecting a masterpiece. The story sounded sweet. I actually liked the unrelenting nastiness of the two grandfathers, but they should have been balanced by at least one strong and compassionate male character.This book was disappointing.
- M.B. "MB"