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I was a bit skeptical when I first started this book...a true story with ‘talking’ animals....huh...then I decided to listen with an open mind. This is so much more than barn cats...Maria lost every immediate family member before the age of 50! She was a dedicated caretaker of her sick mother and had a tender heart for animals. She ‘adopted’ a stray barn cat and its kittens and they provided comfort during the stressful time of caring for her ailing mother. Then one by one, her animals began to pass away. How does a person deal with so much loss? Maria was angry at God for a while but eventually found her way...the Christian life has hills and valleys...but trusting that your God knows what he’s doing tends to bring comfort
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But clearly not for me nor, I would image, most rational adults in search of a book dealing with loss and grief along with questioning God. This book gives animals not only a voice, but cognizant thought processes in relating to humans. Although the author may be trying to write about and work through such losses and questions (publishers' summary claims it is inspired by true events), it fails miserably in my humble opinion. The reasons for that are multifaceted. If the book is trying to address adult issue, it should refrain from using the mechanisms (talking animals and sing-song narration) found in children's books. Secondly, to suggest that the work is religious, spiritual, and/or Christian borders on heresy. Quoting Scripture, then using a dead bird as a sign of God's comfort borders on absurdity; again in my humble opinion. It appears as if the author is taking normal life events and and interpreting them as redemptive work. Between the talking animals, Scripture quotations, and the childlike narration this book is just going in too many directions to ever come together as a work that speaks to adult emotions.
That being said, I do realize that this book is a work of fiction and thus gives the author license to take their tale in whatever direction they wish. However, aside from animal lovers who tend to humanize theirs pets, I would not recommend it to those looking for an enriching read/listen. Finally, I have never given a book this low of a grade; perhaps if it were in a different category ones expectations of the content would differ.
A review copy of this audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review. My hope is that this review helps in your decision to obtain this book.
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