Even though I had read this book a few years ago, I had enjoyed it so very much then, I decided it was worth a listen. I'm so glad I did, I was quite caught up all over again in the story. That narrator puts you right there in the mountain community of many years back, vivid descriptions of the mountains, the people in the story came to life for me.
I was pleased to pick up with this family where Her Mother's Hope had ended. It is a long story with alot of people to keep track of, so very much happens through the course of their lives. I thoroughly enjoy everything that Francine Rivers writes.
I was already a longtime fan of Francine Rivers, so I knew I would be completely engrossed in this story, as I did become. I love to get caught up in the character's lives and emotions, feeling what they feel, seeing what they see. Francine has such a gift for that. LOVED the story, was disappointed in the sudden ending. So of course it was not long until I was downloaded the next book Her Daughter's Dream so I was not disappointed. (The problem with listening to a book on tape, you don't see that you are coming down to the last few pages, otherwise I might of been better prepared for the abrupt ending!)
I could not wait each day for my next listen of The Witness. What a complex fascinating story, I had not even been aware of the Russian Mafia! I connected immediately with the main character and ached for her and all that transpired. I cheered for her strong spirit and independence. I was happy with the outcome of the story as well.
I couldn't stop listening to this story but was so caught up in the anguish of the lives these women have to live in that far corner of the world. It was a window into a world I heard somewhat about, but the story brought to life the reality of the cruelty and harshness of life for a woman in that world. Hard to read, but glad I did.
I appreciated this book much more this time around than when I read it many years ago as required reading. I became very involved in the main characters life, felt her range of emotions for all that befell her in her life. Excellent story.
I read this many many years ago on a school required reading list, but it's significance was lost on me then. Reading it now, I was very caught up in the life of these folks on the other side of the world, and what it must of been like for them in those times. I was captivated by the people's stories and eager each reading day to see what developed next. A very somber story, but an eye-opener into history.
The story was disturbing in itself to have the children locked in the attic to live their lives. I found myself very uncomfortable by the sister/brother connection and what developed between them. Just wasn't my kind of favored story.
I was aware at the time of purchase that this was a collection of short stories, but found myself feeling as if I was left hanging at the end of each story. Overall I just didn't get the sense of satisfaction from a good read.
I was quite caught up in the parallel stories of the two main women characters in this tale of fiction based on fact. One is a writer staying in a cottage by the sea in Scotland, and the other is a woman of the past living in 1700's Scotland. I was fascinated with the historical details of life in the 1700's. At first I thought I might have trouble staying with the two stories, but once I got into the flow, I followed along quite involved with each woman's story. The concept of 'genetic memory' is very interesting! The narrator did an amazing job with the various voices which greatly added to the overall enjoyment of my 'listen' to this book.
This was a very entertaining book, The concept of clearing out the clutter in her house at the same time as she clears out the clutter in her life, is a very enjoyable read.
The English accent added greatly to the story. I could relate to the main character and found myself caught up in her emotions of her marriage ending and a new life starting.
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