Self-centered, often unkind Helen we learn has inherited some of her least nice traits. Her summer caretaker, cousin Flora, contrasts those traits. The story flows so believably and easily through the eyes of the child and enhanced by the reminiscence of the adult remembering the child of that summer. Suzanne Toren has so well captured the petulance of Helen as well as the gentleness of Flora.
I suspected this would be a light weight teen love story and was still drawn to give it a listen. So Glad I did. The story turned out to be a mystery with depth that explores our human coping mechanisms and the fascinating way simplicity of caring and taking action can help us heal.
This story rolls along with sprinklings of philosophy and human interactions sprinkled so unobtrusively and inoffensively sprinkled in. AND it is expertly performed! What a pleasure!
The reviews warned of dislike of narration and I understood upon listening. This just isn't a story that plays well with a slow paced, dreamy sort of narration. Using the audible playback speed control in the app to speed up the narration to 1.25X really made a difference for me. The voice was a bit bubbly yet not to distraction. The story is certainly worth the listen.
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