The aging Matilda recalls her life story to a young boy who shows up at her house one day. What unfolds is a rich blend of fantasy, romance, and coming-of-age realism. As a young girl, Maddy goes on a personal odyssey with her father in a search for beauty. She finds love in an unlikely man; a free spirit who cannot be caged. Drawing upon poetic metaphor and elements of fairy tales Sonya Hartnett explore the themes of self-discovery and growth. Caroline Lee's performance of the audiobook shits between the air of the "once-upon-a-time" worlds that Hartnett references, the grace of an old lady looking back at her life, and the innocence of youth.
"The sky was pitch, and gashed by lightning; loutish waves rose and slumped heavily as mudslides. At a moment when she was filled with desperation, Maddy opened her mouth and yelled for Feather. And half-expected him to appear, because she wanted him to so much. Maddy yearns for her life to be mystifying, to be as magical as a fairy story. And then one day, on the beach, she meets the strangest young man she has ever seen. The Ghost's Child is an enchanting fable about the worth of life, and the power of love."
©2007 Sonya Hartnett; (P)2007 Bolinda Publishing
This was a good, smooth listen. Great writing. It was hard to tell "where" you were at most times. WHEN did this take place? I know, I know in the writers universe. It really DID NOT HURT THE STORY. I think it was just my mood, the only reason this has 4 and not 5 stars. WORTH YOUR TIME!
75-year-old Matilda lives alone with her scruffy dog, but she does not seem surprised to find a solemn-faced boy in her sitting room one day. Why he's come and who he is will be revealed as Matilda tells him about her adventurous life and her search to discover, "What is the world's most beautiful thing?"
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