In intriguing tale of trial and error, and enterprenurial competition. Unfortunately it is read by the author. She is not a gifted reader. Very choppy and lacking plot, this book has potential as an historical reference. Otherwise, it is not engaging, nor compelling.
An interesting tale that weaves together several families, from the time of the Russian revolution, to the end of WWI. Not on the same plane as Pillars of the Earth.
Since this is a work book for group activities, I found it frustrating to try and visualize the exercises.
Starting in young childhood, and concluding in fatherhood, this book has some engaging and interesting revelations. The farther I got into it, the more it seemed that the author's ego intruded on the content. By the end, I was fairly exhausted with being reminded of the "Aspergian" viewpoint. This became the dominant theme of the last quarter of the book. By then the reader is aware of the author's situation, and repeating it over and over, hobbled the forward motion of the story.
Interesting for sure, but plodded in the last quarter.
This book was quite enjoyable, especially if you like memoirs or ranch life. It is a gritty and realistic story, with foreshadowing for "The Glass Castle." I wish I had been able to read this book first. The protagonist is self-sufficient, resilient and competent against all odds. It is a pleasure to read a book about a successful woman, without a political agenda taking it over.
Suspenseful, authentic to period, excellent readers
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