Deep in the Shenandoah Valley, the present and the pastare as restless as the river mists. And when they collide, the heart is theonly compass pointing home.
For nurse Ginger Martin, her late husband's farm is both a treasured legacy and the harbinger of an uncertain future. Since he was recently killed in Iraq, every day is fraught with grief that won't abate. Keeping the farm going and nourishing her children's hopes without him seems as impossible as having dreams for the future - or going back into the past.
By a curious coincidence, a stranger appears in Ginger's life, always showing up to help in unexpected and much-needed ways. He say she's a soldier, lost and trying to make his way home, but Ginger understands that Samuel is a kindred spirit, longing to repair a life interrupted. The challenges of their hopes and longings will test who they really are in the most heartbreaking of ways. And only by coming to terms with their losses and the necessity of change will Ginger and Samuel be able to each make a future of their own - and discover at last where their true home lies.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
The main character was never able to find closure. The events that transpired did not seem relevant to her situation as a widow.
What could Nicole R. Dickson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
The unreality of the situations that the main character found herself in. Everything from finding a man from the Civil War to allowing her children to operate her farm did not seem believable in any way. Understanding that this was a fantastic tale that couldn't happen did not allow the reader or listener to enter into the story. I tried over and over to connect with the characters, but never was able to.
How could the performance have been better?
The performance was ok what with the material given.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Frustration in every sense of the word.
Any additional comments?
I will not read or listen to any more literature by this author.