From critically acclaimed and bestselling author Jason Mott comes a spellbinding tale of love, sacrifice and the power of miracles.
On an ordinary day, at an air show like that in any small town across the country, a plane crashes into a crowd of spectators, killing and injuring dozens. But when the dust clears, a thirteen-year-old girl named Ava is found huddled beneath a pocket of rubble with her best friend, Wash. He is injured and bleeding, and when Ava places her hands over him, his wounds miraculously disappear.
Ava has a unique gift: she can heal others of their physical ailments. Until the air show tragedy, her gift was a secret. But now the whole world knows, and suddenly Ava is thrust into the spotlight. People from all over the globe begin flocking to her small town, looking for healing and eager to glimpse the wonder of a miracle. But Ava's unusual ability comes at a great cost - her own health - and as she grows weaker with each healing, Ava begins searching for an escape. Wash agrees to help Ava, but little does she know he has his own secret he's been harboring, and soon Ava finds herself having to decide just how much she's willing to sacrifice in order to save the one she loves most.
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It's strange to give an audiobook top scores when I'm not 100% sure I liked the story. It went in dark directions at times, I'm not sure why the story had to play out the way it did. However, it beautifully captured the mixture of joy and torment a person can experience in a lifetime (as demonstrated by the two mother figures); the fog that can settle over some who never find their way out and how this does not invalidate the love they have with those they leave behind. It explores the fragility of the human experience but the externality of the love shared in a lifetime, however long or short. There are moments in this book so poignant that I was brought to tears. While there were parts of the story that were left unexplored (at least to me), I suppose even this parallels life itself, which can be unexpectedly cut short. It reminds us to ask whether we are fully living each day to its fullest.
This was a potentially interesting plot that fell flat with a very contrived and soap- opera-ish tone to it. The characters were barely sketched out and the drama was
contrived. it's not the worst book I've ever listened to but I wouldn't recommend it because there are so many better books out there. Mediocre.
No good or loving father would allow his daughter's health to be put in danger over and over. The ending was just as bad, it alludes but.......
There were good characters with good relationships with other characters. The best relationship is Ava and Wash.
I have not found any lately that I would rave about so maybe another genre. I like historical history with some paranormal and romance mixed in, hard to find.
The performance was good. She did all the characters well and with the right inflection etcetera. The only thing that made me crazy was every time she tried to pronounce Macon, it sounded like Megan and it was a man.
I would have made the ending more clear one way or the other. Cryptic unsettled endings are infuriating.
The obvious steps a parent would take is to change their names and move to another town.
From a tremendous miracle, one child healing another in the midst of a tragic accident, a tremendous series of events unfolds. Everyone wants a piece of the miracle child for their own purposes and gain. No one stops to recognize the toll that the healing takes on Ava who is only 13. Greed for money , fame and freedom from afflictions for self and loved ones takes its toll on Ava and her immediate family. Events escalate to a conclusion open for debate. narrator expertly captured the moods and emotions involved in this complicated scenario created by the public's knowledge of the curing miracle. This is a thought provoking must read!
Initially hard to get into, but worth it reading. Sharing it with my book club. Ava is amazing to all
A different narrator. I finally gave up after two hours because I could not stand the narrators airy, hoarse depiction of the characters. I'm still interested in the story and will purchase this one on kindle and just read for myself.
I didn't have an emotional connection to the characters in this story. Too many supports that went nowhere. Ok but not special in any way, even with a good narrator.
The narrator does a great job, but this story did not hold me. I wanted to quit several times but made myself finish it. I had difficulty believing the characterization of the two main characters. The two 13-year Olds are called "children" throughout the story and most of their dialogue seems very young and naive for modern day teenagers--even poor, rural teens. The Internet and call phones are mentioned but the story hardly mentions their use. The story would make more sense if the kids were 8-years old or if the story was set pre-Internet. Also, it has one of those vague, "literary" endings, where you are pretty sure you know what happens to the main character, but there is still some vague, hopeful doubt. (kind of like the ending of The Giver.)
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