Liz Curtis Higgs is a master storyteller and this novel is no exception. With her solid grasp of history and details, she carefully paints the backdrop of this familiar tale set in 1745 Edinburgh, Scotland. This audible reading is only enhanced with Liz's voice. I worried at first that she wouldn't be able to pull off the Scot accent, but her coaching paid off.
Congratulations to Liz, on another tale well told. My breath is baited for the next installment.
My finger hovered over the button to add this book to my cart quite a few times, but when I realized the movie was due out soon I thought-- I need to read it before I see it. And since I rarely have time for paper books, I downloaded this. From the very start I wasn't just hooked, I was reeled in. I couldn't get enough, and when I realized I was just a few chapters from the end, I got very sad- this story would be over soon. It was so worth the read and I'm sorry I didn't listen to it right away. This one will stick with me for a long time.
I love Elizabeth Berg, and I'm reading books set in this era as research for a novel- so when I found this, I was tickled- but had no idea what wait for me. What an incredible tale, and to know that the bones of the story are real, that just makes it all the more fascinating.
I was hooked from the start and found myself tidying up around the house more just so I could listen longer. It's well worth the listen. And Elizabeth Berg has a great reading voice, too.
I will admit, I hate to jump on any kind of book bandwagon, and when all my friends started raving about this book I thought-- yeah, probably not for me. But then I started reading Jody Hedlund's blog and she really knows the craft of writing and I thought...maybe I ought to give her book a read, even though there was a "bonnet" on the cover. I am so glad I read this. What an amazing story. When you start reading, you think, how can a story about a breadmaker's daughter be exciting- but the story takes off quickly and then you're hooked. This was an incredible read and I can't wait for the next book to come out.
Liz Curtis Higgs does it again. For a year I waited to know what happened after Marjory and Elisabeth boarded the carriage. The story follows Ruth and Naomi's of the Bible, but there's enough surprises to keep you turning the virtual page. And at the end, a thoroughly satisfying conclusion. I am a self-confessed LCH evangelist and push her books on everyone I know. She's just that good. Go ahead, get to downloading it, you'll see.
I love it when there's a plot I think I've got all figured out- one where I am just listening to a nicely told tale of things I know will unfold. But this one I couldn't guess at no matter how hard I tried. I was stumped right up until the final chapter, which bothered the control freak in me. And while it's a great mystery, it's also an emotional tale that kept pulling at different places in my heart (I'm a big sister, and a mother). The characters are rich and complicated, no one is completely perfect or completely awful. I kept myself busy with extra chores so I could finish listening to it; my house longs for me to find books like this.
This is a debut novel for Ms. Lupton, and I'm looking forward to the sequel, Afterwards.
It is entirely worth a spent credit.
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