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This story is unique and a bit sad. It is about a mother's love and her journey to help her daughter. The story starts off with the mother dying during childbirth. It is sad because it could have so easily been prevented. Her father-in-law is a piece of work.
Narration was fairly good and brought the story to life.
The journey is an unusual one because the mother will have to incorporate one of the 10 commandments into her daughter's life yearly. She will have ten years to get through all of them. It is frustrating that she cannot be much of a part of her daughter's life. Occasionally, she is able to interact with her but very minimally.
It was a good story with some unique ideas about the afterlife. I enjoyed listening to it.
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This was an unusual read with a highly moral message. I enjoyed the narration of the audio version by Kieren Metts but I wasn't so taken with the story itself.
Set in 1880 in Fresno, California, the narrative is based around an immigrant Chinese family. Topaz Woo is just seventeen when she dies in childbirth, leaving the newborn Jas without a mother. Topaz's spirit does not want to abandon her young daughter, so she is given the option of watching her child growing up in return for teaching her the ten commandments. Topaz is barely able to make her presence known but a guardian angel oversees the education of the commandments in the manner that Topaz decrees.
Implication of the initial commandments seems fairly innocuous but the later ones appear to have a more far-reaching effect. For example the commandment, 'you will not covet other people's belongings'. Topaz decides this will be enforced by only allowing Jas to use her own possessions, in response to which Jas starts labeling everything she deems belongs to her, including her new school friend.
Actually I found the ten commandments a bit irritating, especially when I knew that if we were only on number five, we still had five more to go.
One of my main problems with the book was that I was expecting historical fiction, but although it was ostensibly set in 1880, it could equally well have been a current story, there was absolutely nothing that fixed it in any time period for me.
Not a book I was tempted to abandon, but equally, not something that particularly grabbed me.