I found the narration and the writing both to be amazingly interesting. I usually only listen to my audio books in the car while I am driving however I found myself not wanting to put this one down. It was recommended to me by a friend who had read the written copy. I also will highly recommend this book to others.
The story covered several generations and brought to life "issues" or "secrets" from the past. I think what I was most impressed with was the positive way in which the story was told and the contentment of the person at the end of the book. Simply happy being the person they were born to be.
Patience, Endurance and Hope
Because I had lived through a similar situation, experiencing the death of my mother at a young age and being her caregiver throughout a devastating bout with cancer. I recognized the many and confusing stages of the grieving process. It took me years to come to grips with and totaly understand and make sense of the many feelings of anger, sadness, rage, helplessness and lack of understanding one feels watching a loved one suffer.
I truley feel the book does a wonderful job of showing the similarities between the physical journey and the emotional journey one travels after loosing a loved one or experiencing and emotionally tramatic crisis. The story combined the physical endurance, hardships, and aloneness of hiking the trail with the often overwelming emptiness, aloneness, and helplessness one feels as they travel forward after an emotionally devestating event.
She does a wonderful job of making the reader feel as though you are actually hiking the trail along with her.
I enjoyed the way this book was set up. The essays were each read by the author themselves.(whenever it was possible) It contains a broad variety of beliefs, from serious to humerous. This book exposes you to many different opinions and leaves you considering what belief you feel most strongly about.
I heard about this book while watching a maple syrup demonstration at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.
I found this book to be a very sweet and uplifting story. The setting for the story is western Pennsylvania, and the story is about a family who experiences the miracles of nature when they spend time on maple hill. It is not only a wonderfully written story it also provides a lot of interesting information about the making of maple syrup. The cast in this audio performance do a wonderful job keeping the listeners interest throughout the entire story. I would highly recommend this audio book for children and adults as well.
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