A quiet, unassuming story beautifully told in typical Frazier style. Details are so clear one can almost feel the moss crunch underfoot. I found the characters to be real and true for the time period and location.
The setting is the quiet Appalachian landscape in the 1950s. The author offers his readers a most captivating, often poignant portrayal of Luce, the young woman who unexpectedly inherits her sister's troublesome, emotionally scarred twins. Hers is a battle of wits with her sister's husband whom she suspects is her sister’s killer - as she seeks to protect the children from him. Her only friends are the unassuming Stubblefield who becomes protector to her and the children and Mattie the mountain woman of indeterminate age.
This is one of the best books I have listened to in some time. I originally bought the Kindle book which was titled 'The Lavender Garden' and as it was available on audible with whispersync at a reduced price I decided to listen to it. I was a bit confused when I first downloaded the audible book as the title was different from the Kindle version however, I found it made no difference what the title. The book is wonderful and the narrator is perfect, what a wonderful surprise to find such a treasure. I loved everything about this book and I will look for more by this writer and narrator.
So disappointed in this book. I have read or listened to all of her other books and very much enjoyed them and was looking forward to this one however, it was a struggle to get through it. Fifteen hours could have been cut down to two, don't waste your time on this one.
If you are southern or enjoy books about people in the south you will love this one. As a southerner I felt as if I knew the characters in this story. At times it is funny, touching and often downright hilarious!
I very much enjoyed John Grisham's early books but sort of went off him when he seemed to get in a rut however, he has come back strong with this one. I loved this one, he did a great job with lots of surprises in the end.
I have always been a big David Baldacci fan starting with Absolute Power and since have read everything he has written. Unfortunately he has strayed a long way from his earlier books and this last one was really nothing but a lot of shooting and blowing things up. There was very little actual story and consequently I felt very little if anything for the characters. Now I don't mind a bit of violence as long as there is a good story that goes with it but come on, give us someone to care about!
I do realize there are some that like that sort of thing and I guess DB has decided to appeal to those people but I for one long for the stories of Oliver Stone, Absolute Power, Wish You Well, etc, etc.
The readers were quite good and the sounds impressive sadly, that's about the only good thing I can say about the book.
No, I never listen to stories more than once.
If you're a mystery, suspense lover you will love this book.
No. I don't listen to books more than once
A newspaper writer searching for justice
When Hunter was at the McBain meeting
Who deserves justice, the victim or the criminal?
I didn't read the book so no opinion
It had a very interesting ending. While I'm very good at guessing 'who done it' I didn't guess this one until right at the end.
Very good narrator
Not moved me no. But there were a couple of surprises.
I would recommend this book and not just at Christmas time as Christmas didn't really enter into very much other than the holiday season.
I didn't read but realized I had seen the movie...Christmas with the Kranks
Nothing stands out
I enjoyed all of it
It was short so fairly easy to do that.
No. Only because I don't listen to books a second time
A lovely story about a very good man that didn't have a lot but loved what he did and loved life.
Honestly there are too many to pick just one.
I can't imagine anyone that wouldn't love this book.
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