This is a book about 2 little English girls living in France and their adventures. The older one is Peony (Pea) at 5 and 1/2 years, the younger is Margot at 4 years. Margot is much wiser, seeing things in a more rational way most of the time, Pea is fearful. They have suffered loss of their father. Their mother is very pregnant, experiencing grief, and sleeping most of the time.This leaves the girls on their own to eat, run in the fields, meet neighbors, etc. This is a sweet story and I was unable to put the book down most of the time. It has some surprising twists. This is a book that I hated to see end.
They have been written by adults who are analytical, and comparing this book to their own adult experiences or other books. King's writing allows the reader to take a journey back to seeing the world as we did as five year olds. What a gift! Is it perfect, is it slow or fast, are the characters developed? I for one, find it well done. It is hard enough for us adults to step out of our adult framework for even a few minutes, but King takes us along to a worldview rich in how a five year old makes sense of things which do not make sense to the adults of the story. This is a very unique book, a rich tapestry of five year old words,time, and spontaneity, Thank you, Claire King, for this gift of writing to your readers.
This is a sweet book about youngster's ways to deal with a tough time in a parents life. The girls were charming and the village people who helped in a time of grief were most rewarding. It's a day when kids could come and go and parents did not need to be so vigilant. Of course that is a refreshing take. And the helpful next door neighbor was a charmer. It didn't hurt that it all took place on a charming, rural farm in France and that was a treat too. I really liked this book for a light read. Can't always be reading "The Book of the Year".
I thought I wasn't going to like this novel. Because it's narrator is a five-year-old, the beginning felt a little precious. At first it felt like a writing challenge that I shouldn't have to read. But soon I became so engrossed that it didn't matter. And the end of the story really gained power from the use of the unconventional narration.
This book dealt with some really difficult themes of abandonment and loss with a fierce authenticity and hope. I loved it.
Pea's insight and point of view really made for a sweet little story. Her intuitive nature help to draw out and develop each of the characters. From the sounds and smells of the market to the breezes on Windy Hill I was drawn in, it took me back to my childhood home where we had a pear tree and tire swing in back a cherry tree alongside and an apple tree just outside the front gate. I had many Pea like adventures in my little oasis. Didn't realize Margot wasn't until the end. I love this novel for reawakening my love for reading.
Very interesting read. I couldn't put it down. I found myself really connecting with and caring for Pea. The perspective is very interesting. While I can see how it might be a turn off for some, I found it to be very meaningful and I would suggest trying to get used to it and immerse yourself in it to fully enjoy the story. It seems that others felt there wasn't much to the story, but I think this book has a lot to say, it's just a little bit more reading between the lines than some would prefer. I highly recommend it.
Very enjoyable read with a loveable main character. The voice of the little girl felt very true. All of the characters in the story invoked empathy and caring from the reader. I would definitely recommend to my friends and family.
This is one of the 'daily deals' that pleasantly surprised me. Filed this in my 'authors to read again' folder.
Story of loss and the search for connection. The narrator makes her own accommodation to fill her loneliness and bewilderment, and manages to survive until others finally see her plight. It hurts when little kids suffer through no fault of their own. Thankfully everyone finds what and who they need.