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I wasn’t sold till Scotland and NY was behind Aldine—those parts felt almost superfluous to the story. But I kept listening because Angela Dawe is my favorite female audio narrator. As soon as Aldine gets to Kansas, the story picks up.
I could have listened to an entire book about Aldine, but the book takes a turn and we end up with the POVs of all the Price family members. I was especially impressed how McNeal took unlikeable characters seen from Aldine’s POV, who became much more sympathetic when we were in their heads. Nevertheless, it did not make Aldine an unreliable narrator, the reader just understands the character’s motivation better.
I don’t want to give any spoilers, but the book went in many directions that I didn’t expect, all of which were interesting and satisfying. Also loved the historical details of time, place, and events.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
The author spins what at first seems to have a predictable next step but then she swerves. This occurs throughout the novel. all the while whetting your appetite for more. A long novel, there are many twists and turns, narrated expertly. The character development is complete. At times you can almost catch the odours of the folk or the lemon meringue pie many enjoy with coffee at the town cafe.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, I loved the story. It was very well written and the author somehow captured the kind of haunting quality I associate with the finest Scottish authors.
What did you like best about this story?
I liked all the characters and could feel empathy for their situations.
What about Angela Dawe’s performance did you like?
Sometimes her Scottish accent was a bit off the mark but I loved her voice and felt she covered the range of characters from children to men very well indeed.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I felt the tears pricking at my eyes at the very end when Clare realizes who the mystery visitor is.
Any additional comments?
I would recommend this audiobook. It was so well written and narrated that it filled me with a nostalgia for a place and time I have never experienced in real life. To me that is a remarkable achievement for any author.