Good story and characters but often seemed repetitive and slow moving. I think the abridged version may have been more enjoyable.
I found myelf drawn into this story from the start with my interest held right down to the end of the epilogue. Mary Ingles was an amazing woman. Her courage and determination despite the formidable challenges were a constant inspiration. Fascinating insights into the history of USA early pioneers especially in relation to American Indian population.
Quality narration. well written. Well worth the credit :)
Interesting story of pioneer New Zealand. However as a genuine "Kiwi" pakeha, I found the narration rather bland and her poor pronunciation of Maori words and place names grated - sometimes they were unrecognisable. The "Maori accent" of the Maori workers speaking English was also poorly portrayed.
I bought this because of reviews recommending and wasn't disappointed. The characters are well developed and believable, enhanced by wonderful expression by narrators. The book sensitively explores themes around grief and the search for love, value and belonging in a contemporary setting.
Held my attention to the last word. Left me enriched.
I was held involved throughout by this inspiring true story of a courageous family group coping with amazing fortitude throughout the long years of the war. Well written and very well performed. Excellent value for money. Highly recommended.
I almost gave up because the story seemed quite slow moving and ponderous for the first half. However the characters grew on me and the second half proved quite fascinating both with insight into the period and some clever turns in the plot.
The narration was excellent which also helped me persevere through the early chapters.
I am pleased I persevered :)
Was looking forward to this book - a music therapist working with children becoming involved in solving a crime. I was so disappointed. The main character was poorly developed and totally unlikeable. In fact all the characters seemed poorly developed and lacking depth. There seemed no reason for their extreme reactions in most situations. I became so frustrated I stopped reading it before the end. I would not bother with another book from this author especially if it had the same main character. I should have taken note of the comments by others who obviously experienced the same disappointment as me.
The story gripped me from the start and held me till the end. Certainly did not expect the ending. Looking forward to another story featuring this detective.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Issues around redundancy, blended family, immigration and addiction are all covered with sensitivity and depth of insight. Characters are well developed and believable.I will be looking for more from this author.
I bought this because I had enjoyed Chasing Fireflies so much. This was an interesting story but I found some parts rather ponderous, long winded and too much detail. Eg I'm not really interested in the details of every tool in the workshop! The characters were well developed and there was a lot of wisdom dotted throughout. I think I will still be tempted to try another from this author.
I found this a practical source of ways to know God and work this out in my lived experience. There are so many suggestions for my life journey with God that I have ordered a paper copy to enable me to reflect and gain more from the wealth of reflections and suggestions in this book. I found it refreshing that Margaret Silf does not spiritualise with lofty unachievable comments and suggestions. Rather she facilitates God meeting us right where we are in everyday experience. I am pleased to recommend this book.
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