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Publisher's Summary

Inspired by true events....
Losses send a woman's soul into its darkest winter....
Maria has cared for her very ill mother for many years. Her burdens are heavy, causing a sadness bordering on darkness. When she discovers her historic barn is now home to a mother cat and kittens, she feels lighter than she has in years. As the kittens grow, they teach her as only animals can do.
Then tragedy strikes. As Maria loses her family, the darkness envelopes her like the heavy fog that blankets her Blue Ridge Mountain home each morning. She creates a scorecard: God: 9, Maria: 0. Her questions turn into anger at God. She searches to find answers as to why her loving God would take away so much in such a short time.
How will she learn to trust again? Can the kittens in her barn help her heal?
©2017 Maria Santomasso-Hyde (P)2017 Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Darcy on 09-29-17

Who knew that barn cats could bring about such insight

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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4 out of 5 stars
By ShanCol19 on 03-24-18

Nice story with some sadness

This is a nice story. It's not really the type of thing I usually like to read, but it was good. This book is mainly about keeping the faith in difficult times, so this read tends towards the religious. This book is based on the author's life, so that adds a nice emotion to the story. The story is quite sad, and Maria experiences a lot of loss during a fairly short time. She needs to come to terms with her faith and her grief. I recently lost my cat, she was 20 years old, so the emotional situations with the cats made me sad. Overall, I liked it.

The audio was nice, and the narrator did a good job. She even had to sing a bit, and she did great. There's a lot of POV's in this book, Maria, her mother, her husband, the dog, the mama cat, and all the kittens, so there's lots of different characters for the narrator to work with. I enjoyed the listening experience. I'd recommend it.

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