I was enthusiastic when I read the description for this book, but very disappointed by the time I was half way into it. Her exceptional descriptive power just went on too long and I just wanted her "get on with it!" I was very disappointed in the book and not happy with the ending.
This author needs to realize that she's not a professional narrator for a reason--her voice is extremely annoying and her manner of reading drove me insane. I was too distracted by the sound of her voice to enjoy what was probably a decent book.
This is an odd little story about a seemingly normal family that is really anything but normal. Not a tear jerker but certainly not uplifting.
The characters and the storyline are suprisingly complex in this slice-of-life novel, based on the individual tribulations of the Naumann family. Nobody thinks youngest child Eliza is anything more than ordinary...but she discovers a talent that could bind the family together when all looks lost.
I ride my bike while listening to books, and there were several days when I rode extra miles just to listen to this. Not at all what I expected, but a pleasant departure from the typical.