As a Mennonite in the Fresno area, I hardly recognized my community in this book. I'm 25 years older than the author (whose family I know) and didn't suffer the deprivations she describes. There's a whole lot of literary license going on here. So I say, go ahead, listen to the book and enjoy it, but keep that grain of salt firmly in place.
A bigger disappointment for me was the mispronunciation of so very many words by the reader. I was under the impression that readers or producers checked with the author re pronunciations. Guess I was wrong.
This is my go-to series when I need something light between heavy books. Always enjoyable. This was a particularly good one. But if you are a first time reader of this series, start with Book 1.
These are not likable people, however, the book is very well written and very well narrated. You find yourself cheering for the children of this odd couple to succeed in life in spite of their parents.
Not quite a humor book, not quite a romance, not quite a mystery, but a little of all of that.
This book grew on me. It was an interesting look into a country we don't often hear anything about. I mostly liked it.
This book wasn't quite what I expected, but I think I liked it. Yes, I liked it. I still can't decide if I liked the reader. Well, if you were reading in the voice of Death, what would you sound like? OK, he did a good job.
I guess I don't like stories with sad endings. And the characters weren't fleshed out enough for me. Good idea, but just didn't quite get there.
An easy to listen to book. The author has a good sense of humor and an obvious love of animals. A good choice when you want something low key in between intense books.
A better-than-you-think it will be book. Uplifting, and goodness knows we can all use some of that these days.
This is the most fun series. Love the characters and the snappy dialogue. Just be sure to start with the first book in the series--Open and Shut
A very different book. Not quite a mystery. Not quite a love story. But completely engaging. A very unique way of braiding story lines together. I loved it.
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