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For seven-year old Angela, happiness is exploring the lush countryside around her home in western Ukraine. Her wild imagination takes her into birds and flowers, and into the waters of the river.
All that changes when, one morning, she sees her mother crying. As she tries to find out why, she is drawn on an extraordinary journey into the secrets of her family, and her mother's fateful choices.
Can Angela lead her mother back to happiness before her innocence is destroyed by the shadows of a dark past?
Beautiful, poetic and richly sensory, this is a tale that will haunt and lift its listeners.
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By Karen M. on 11-16-17
Hauntingly beautiful, wonderfully written and thought-provoking - these are my thoughts after finishing this story. I loved the strong connection between Angela, her mother and her grandmother and how one generation can give strength to another. The writing had an ethereal quality and I was lost in the imagery and culture of the Ukraine. I just loved this heart-warming story even though it left me a bit drained emotionally after finishing it. This was something to be experienced, not merely listened to and I was grateful for it. Helen Taylor as narrator did a wonderful job conveying the emotions of the story and her voice was just lovely. If you're looking for a truly rewarding listen, I would highly recommend The Woman Behind The Waterfall.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.
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By Ian on 02-06-18
Just Lovely :)
I just finished listening to Leonora Meriel's novel "The Woman Behind the Waterfall." The story is about a young girl who, with the help of her grandmother's spirit, tries to help her mother battle her depression. It is a heartfelt, charming tale which somehow manages to make Ukraine seem like a place worth visiting. The only downside is first three chapters are tough to follow. However, once you figure out who everybody is, it turns into a fun listen. On a scale of "so bad I never want to listen to a book again" to "the greatest book ever." This one comes in as a "lovely read."