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- Listening Length: 8 hours
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 24 April 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007X50BQI
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Helen and Tim have been trying unsuccessfully to have a baby, and finally decide that this is not to be, and adopt a Chinese baby girl. Helen has already lost her mother at a young age, and is very close to her elder sister, Claire, who was like a mother to her during the latter part of her childhood. Claire too has a small daughter, Maura, and Helen and Maura share a close bond. All is well until, tragically, Claire succumbs to the disease that claimed their mother, and there follow further inevitable separations; Helen loses a beloved sister, and her small niece, a mother (these are not spoilers, since they are revealed in the blurb on the back of the book). But Claire leaves Helen an unexpected legacy (here I will avoid spoilers), and that is able to compensate, at least in some small part, for what has happened to the family.
This plot forms the bones of a strong, emotional story, and the author writes well about the pain of infertility and the difficulties of adoption, having experienced both herself. However, I found the writing generally poor, and this let the book down. Facial expression in particular are described very strangely: "I turned the corners of my mouth up into a smile; "Larry's mouth pulled tightly to the side"; "Maura's mouth darted downwards". These are just a few examples, and for me, they interfered with the flow of the story. I didn't really manage to engage with the story emotionally, either, and while I did want to finish the novel, on the whole, it failed to move me.
I also found there were one or possible inaccuracies.Read more ›
Helen is unable to conceive but desperately wants a child,so decides to adopt a girl from China. She seems to have everything now, a successful business,great marriage and a family who she adores including an older sister 'Maura' and her niece.
Sadly her sister is diagnosed with the same disease which took their mother and Helen is struggling to accept it.
Ultimately 'Maura' dies but leaves a legacy which Helen could never imagine
This is well written and helps you to understand that illness affects all members of a family not just the one person.
I did enjoy it to a degree, but never really cared about the characters very much, they were too self-absorbed for me to relate to - but it may be an ideal read for other readers.
I am looking forward to Jennifer's next book.
The story centres around the close relationship of 2 sisters and their lives. Won`t go into too much detail about the plot, but the story has many emotional lows and highs as we find out about their lives. There are some very sad parts to the story, so have the tissues ready, but also some wonderfully happy parts too - read this and enjoy!
This was a strong emotional read, it made me laugh, it made me cry, so you have been warned!!
Beautifully written, made me feel like I was there.
Will recommend this to friends and family, this was a real up and down turmoil of a read and glad I did.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A reflective book broken family, sick mum, missing dad...it show that happiness comes from within its just learning to count your blessings.Published 27 days ago
Excellent read. Held my interest from start to finish and i found it raised a range of emotions within me which i seldom feel when reading a book given that i have had cancer and... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Mrs S
Very good story it made me think
.about life and death. She seemed to take to motherhood really well 3 little girls under 8.
This is a story of love, loss, family, and forgiveness. I found it very moving and will definitely read more books by this author.Published 1 month ago by Janet P
Really enjoyed the book. As I have also had a lot of ups and downs in my life I can relate to Helen. I just wish my elder sister had been as supportive.Published 1 month ago by Ishy
Brilliant had audio and had it on while travelling to Norway as find it hard to read as a passenger in the car. Really enjoyed it but did bring a tear or two.Published 2 months ago by margaret