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I realize that part of the story happens during the Spanish flu of 1918, but the obsession with death and undertaking (the family owns a mortuary) was a bit much. One scene where one of the daughters is standing in the embalming room, curious as to what happens there seemed to go on forever. Then there's a long scene where 2 of the characters are kissing in the embalming room as a dead guy lies on the table behind them that is called “beautiful.” Yuck. In general, descriptions of death, dying, and all that relates to it seemed to go on forever.
Most historical fiction gives more of a nod to the vernacular of the time. This book, not so much. Strange repetition of words and phrases that just didn’t work. I think the author was trying to be poetic, but instead it was annoying. In a couple of cases, I wondered if the audio narrator accidently said the same thing twice and it didn't get edited out.
Insta-love and unrealistic depictions of love didn’t help the story.
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I enjoyed this book and read a couple of chapters every night before falling asleep. Sometimes the character’s voice would put me to sleep, and I’d have to backtrack the next time I returned to reading, which I looked forward to doing each night. I loved the entire story. The author was descriptive without overdoing it. The characters were believable and consistent with the times of the century. Originally, I thought I’d get squeamish about most of the story taking place in a funeral home, but the characters described a happy existence living in the large and somewhat antiquated surroundings of their new home where they had moved to and bonded together as a loving family. I will certainly recommend this book to family and friends.
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