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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Without question. I've already recommended it to several friends, even those who don't particularly like mysteries. The narrator shifts focus between four protagonists. The two women protagonists are smart, strong, financially independent women who are holding out for love interests who will treat them as equals. The story gives each character nice depth and background, and the ancillary characters are equally fascinating and well-developed. Haines deals compassionately and earnestly with PTSD from both sexual violence and war.
This is a gorgeous period piece that emphasizes the experiences of strong women and compassionate men. There's also a gorgeous bit of north American history woven throughout, alongside the riveting period details of the deep, rural South during WWII.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
The plot was paced perfectly and both the mystery and interpersonal storylines were gripping. By the middle of the book, I was deeply emotionally invested.
Which character – as performed by Elisa Carlson – was your favorite?
Elisa Carlson was a good narrator, but the recording quality left a lot to be desired.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
Finally, a book that can discuss rape, war, and gender dynamics easily, honestly, and respectfully. Haines deftly weaves her characters' survival histories into their interactions. Even better, we get happy endings for our beloved protagonists. Haines proves that you can tell the truth without derailing a story or bringing down the mood. She just showed whole, complex characters who had realistic life stories. I'm so impressed.
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