Sometimes a little difficult to follow quickly with sudden changes from first person to third person, but brilliantly read. The narrator is gifted and her tone and inflection leads you to feel love, hate, and disgust for the complex characters the author has created. Read it!
I really enjoyed this book and couldnt stop listening.I loved the suspense leading to the conclusion.the author was masterful at unfolding the plot. I would highly recommend this book.
This book kept me intriqued all the way through. At first I thought it was slow, but then found myself thinking about the characters after I turned it off. It is a little bit of a mystery but more than that it is a story about real people - people you could touch and feel and understand. I highly recommend it. Parts dragged a little, but I found later that even those parts added to the overall story and made the book complete.
I really enjoyed this book - so much so that I bought the paperback as a gift. I can honestly say the book has been thoroughly enjoyed by all who have since read it. An unexpected pleasure and certainly worth a listen!
Slow to begin but excellent character development and the narration is exceptionally elegant and distinctive. Ideal for this style of book. A very well written historical novel
Great narration. Great story. Despite its subject matter, author resists being overly sentimental, mainly because her main character, Amanda, is brutally frank in her outlook. It is a bit of a woman's book, in topic and characters. Karl, the main male figure, is absent for much of the tale. The story is a page-turner. I had to fight the urge to skip to the end to find out what happens.
I enjoyed this book thoroughly. The story was engrossing and I came to care very much about the characters and what happened to them. I cannot wait for Christina Schwarz's next novel. I enjoyed "Drowning Ruth" so much that I went out and bought the paperback copy for my mother! Highly recommended.
I really did enjoy this story! At first, I wasn't sure where it was going. But the author ended up revealing all the pieces of the puzzle in a fascinating progression. This way was much more interesting than a "straight timeline" from most novels. Definitely a woman's story and not surprising that it was an Oprahs pick.
Ms. Schwarz told the story from the viewpoint of several characters at different times during their lives. She jumped around too quickly from character-to-character. I found it difficult to concentrate and follow. The story itself was fairly ordinary and predictable. However, I think her portrayal of farm life, a farm community and morals during and after WWI are fairly accurate. Ms. Schwarz makes a couple of points in her book: 'you are only as sick as the secrets you keep' and 'oh what tangled webs we weave when first we practice to conceive'. She made the points early in the book and just kept grinding it into the reader/listener. Ms. Brown's narration was extremely irritating. I listened to the entire book and find this is not a book worth re-visiting.