Theology, romance, historical.
Mary, the heroine, wrestled with her conscience and culture heroically.
Someone who actually loves the subject matter or could respect and understand the heart of the work. She really seemed to despise this book.
When Mary makes a marriage decision.
This is one of my favorite books. I wish there was another recording that I could fully enjoy. The content fully carries my 5 star rating and causes me to not allow the narrator to rob listeners of a great book. Jeff's review expressed my thoughts perfectly.
The main character is believable, likeable, and admirable. Ree Dolly navigates us through a longstanding secretive culture as she seeks out help from extended family members in her community, none of which are kind. Her persistent self sacrificing made her the best strong female role model I have met in a while.
The story stayed focused and didn't get bogged down with too many details. I could easily visualize the characters as people I had seen in rural communities. I loved the matter of fact tone the writer uses when addressing shocking choices, reasonings, and behaviors. It all seems so natural.
I loved her reading! Her accent was not too harsh and made me believe she was possibly native to the area. Her pace was perfect. I felt like I was sitting on a front porch listening to a great story being seamlessly remembered.
When Ree Dolly set out to walk through the yards, woods and caves describing her ancestors plight and planning how she might have to survive or hide there while raising her brothers and caring for her Mother - I couldn't help but feel her desperation.
The story is easily listened to in one sitting.
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