I am an avid fan of Donna Van Liere's having read most of her novels. However, at first, the heavy southern drawl of the narrator really put me off in the beginning. In fact, I read another book and then returned to this one. I can't tell you how glad I am that I did. This was simply a beautiful story with amazing characters. And after all, the author was depicting life in Tennessee in 1950--hence the dialect and quaint sayings. The story and characters stole my heart as all the author's previous novels have. I highly recommend "The Good Dream."
This was my first novel by Susan Lewis, and I was not disappointed. I appreciated the author's writing style drawing parallels between past and present. Also, the narrator was perfect for this book.
I'd say it ranks above average, considering this is the third in this series for me in a short time span.
I enjoyed the setting and the fact that the characters were human with both good traits and flaws too--even Father Burke.
He is a wonderful narrator which definitely adds dimention.
I did get wrapped up in the story.
I'd definitely recommend this series by Anne Emery and suggest beginning with "Sign of the Cross" first.
The fact that it was so different from most books I read
The day the zoo finally opened
This was such a fascinating story--interesting, funny, poignant and informative. The movie just cannot compare, and I'm surprised the author didn't object.
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