I loved "A Town Like Alice," and "Pied Piper," but did not feel the same enthusiasm for this book. Especially in view of the realism of the book, the ending was just too fantastical to be credible. I was really fond of the characters and hoped to enjoy an understandable happy ending with them. The premise of the story is very interesting, but a lot of time, probably necessarily, but a bit dull, is devoted to checking the weather and finding good landing sites. However, I'm not discouraged and have already purchased another book by this excellent author!
This was really a breathtaking novel - monumental historical events (abolition and the beginnings of the women's rights struggle), told in a way that made for a compelling listen and filled some gaps in my knowledge about what was going on in the early 1800's, in America. I was filled with anger about the way things were, and so grateful for the early pioneers that made change possible. We have come a long way, even though there's more to be done. At the end of the novel, Sue Monk Kidd made a fine explanation of where her story deviated from historical fact (actually, not very much.) It was very gratifying to see that included. The narrators were superb, and made the story shine into life!
Wow! Humphrey Bower can really bring a story to life, and this is a doozy! From a Korean POW camp, to the intrigues of Shanghai in the first half of the 20th century, to a terrifying hurricane at sea, the images keep flowing, helped along by really likeable but not perfect human beings caught up in one adventure after another. The details of what it is like to be held captive in Korea are hard to listen to, but there's so much more to the book than that. It held me spellbound!
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