My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I picked this up as one of my (many) audiobook selections to listen to while long-run training for a marathon. I normally have a rule that I can only listen while I’m running (to entice myself for one more mile…), but I’ll admit on this one that when it came to the last hour of listening, I just couldn’t wait until the next workout. On top of the story being simply delicious, the readers (Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren) blew me away.
I love the historical fiction aspect of the storytelling mixed with the contemporary story, even if the two story lines seemed a bit too neatly, conveniently, tied together. Christina Baker Kline pulled of the transitions with minimal jarring through solid establishment of her main characters (both young Niamh and old Vivian, as well as Molly) and well-placed, though somewhat stereotypical, secondary characters that help keep the reader (listener) grounded.