She makes you care about these people. You an almost hear the horses, & smell the orchard, even taste an apricot. Compelling story about a grief stricken man, who loves deeply & ceaselessly. Beautifully written.
Well written, thought provoking but often dark and depressing. I found myself wanting to scream at the characters 'Just talk to each other for goodness sake!'
This was a long steady plod thru a story about a handful of people settling the West. No character held a spark of fire within, in my opinion, although each was determined to make their stark life work. They were quiet and non-communicative although they shared their thoughts with the reader, just not each other. This was something I found a bit frustrating as I just wanted someone to come alive more. It was difficult for me to believe that within this small makeshift family with so little exchange from outside their group that they would be so confined within. The narrator was good but also plodded, tho that speed completely suited the flow of the story. This book is without a message or even much of a plot. There is a rhythm within the seasons for fruit harvesting and it is not at a swift pace. The author uses words well and appreciates describing the world about which she writes. In an unusual way I enjoyed it.
this was the worst story I've ever heard. the story was bad, the characters were boring, half of the time I couldn't follow what was happening. waste of time.