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- Listening Length: 7 hours and 55 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 29 Oct. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00G0L00Y4
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Top Customer Reviews
The writing is fresh and engaging, and the multiple characters speak directly to the reader in voices full of sincerity and openness, with plenty of candid humour. There's lyricism to the writing, too, and powerful atmosphere, especially in the lovely half-seen ghost of Elizabeth, who expresses beautifully the sweet-sad nostalgia of life moving on.
Meanwhile the village in which this story is set is as much of a character as any of the people. Daniela Sacerdoti's love of the Highlands shines through: you can see the glimmer of starlight on her crisp nights, feel the crunch of the frosted ground beneath your feet, and warm to the firesides, tea, drams of whisky and easy sense of companionship that fill Glen Avich.
This is a book that encompasses sorrow: the description of Eilidh's despair as she surveys her barren life is extremely moving. Daniela Sacerdoti explores other forms of isolation too, with characters trapped by social expectations, lovelessness, or regret. However, above all this is a book of rebirth, renewal and love. Anyone who enjoys curling up with a story of seemingly star-crossed lovers will relish Eilidh's journey, and be rooting for her to find the happiness she has been denied for so long.
The little village of Glen Avich, is enchanting. It reminded me of the mythical Scottish town in Brigadoon, one of my favourite musicals ever. It seems like a town that hasn't aged with time. Everyone still knows everyone else's business and goes about the same thing just as they have done since they were children.
I hated putting this book down, as I needed to find out what would happen and I found myself desperate not to let go of this book, once I had finished it. I was so mesmerised by this beautiful village and its inhabitants, I was sad to finish it. I wanted to find the village and move there. Search out the characters to see how their lives had progressed, because the way they were written had brought them to life for me. There wasn't a character in the book, that I did not feel empathy for. I was convinced I could see snippets of people I know within them.
This book has a strong theme to it. It is about learning to accept the past in order to help you move on with the future. The characters had been trapped by the events of their past, which seem to cloud their judgement of the decisions they should make. However, a little helping hand from the spiritual side of life, helps to bring them together.
The book reminded me of two of my favourite authors. It had the warmth of Beth Hoffman's book and the magic of the books by Sarah Addison Allen. A book I will treasure and read again and again. I feel like I should buy hundreds of copies and give them out in the street. If you want a mesmerising, captivating read that presents the circle of life in such a magical way, then I suggest you read this book.
The book starts with a wonderful prologue that hooks you from the very beginning and makes it really hard to put the book down.
The story is beautifully narrated from the point of view of different characters, not only the main ones, but also other minor, but still very important, characters. It is a very effective way to learn about them, their personality, their way of thinking, their feelings, their fears, their hopes. The characters become very real and when the book is finished you find yourself missing them.
An important element of the book is its setting in a small fictional village in the Scottish Highlands where Eilidh spent time in her childhood. This setting has a significant impact on the characters. The small village, where everybody knows each other, can have both positive and negative effects on the characters and this is clearly portrayed in the book.
Social and family expectations are also explored by the story. The power they have over us and the power we let them have over us.
It is a beautiful book and an intense story which makes you think and reflect about life, death, loss, friendship, love, family, hope. It's heart-warming. It's very difficult not to be touched by the characters and empathize with some of them or to be critical of others.
Well done Daniela! I am looking forward to more and more books from you!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What can I say IT WAS ANOTHER FANTASTIC READ. IT MADE ME WANT TO GO AND LIVE IN GLEN AVICH. I HOPE DANIELA WRITES SOME MORE STORIES SOON BEFORE I START TO HAVE WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Gina
I loved this book from the start. It gripped me and made me addicted to reading it. The story is one of sadness but also love and hope. I can't recommend it enough!Published 4 days ago by astansfield
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Beautifully predictable and so well written. Warm thoughts are left
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This story develops beautifully as each character's perspective is shared with reader. Clearly a tale of loss and love but it is so much more than that, there is a strong sense of... Read morePublished 7 days ago by KMcA
I am not one to write reviews, but OMG this book was just amazing!! It took me a few pages to get used to the writing style which is a bit different, but do you know what, I really... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Sarah Jones