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This is a very interesting and captivating story about Cleopatra told through Willow, a 16 year old. The story takes place in the 1800's and tells about the life of Cleo from childhood when she travels with her dad, living with the Stuart's, becoming a midwife, raising a daughter, and other life experiences until her death. The author keeps the reader spellbound, wanting to find out what life holds for Cleo after she visits the "magic circle",which her father had told her about, and releases the butterfly. Mrs. Pearle, this is a great story!
Pearle Munn Bishop weaves an intricate story of the life of Cleo Lamb, a nineteenth century midwife, as told though Willow, a current-day 16-year-old. She expertly incorporates all aspects of life, from birth to death, while adding a level of mysticism that is truly captivating. I can't remember the last time I felt such emotion while reading a book. Bishop has a special gift - I anxiously await more of her work.
It's Cleo`s story told through a 16yr. old girl after she has a blow to the head. Cleo lived a modest, happy life, not without its losses and disappointments. What she went through growing up and throughout her many years made her a strong, healthy, happy, content person. You feel as if you were right there with her, seeing and feeling all the emotions she did. Makes you remember all the stories your Grandmother told you as a child. Will be reading more by Pearl Munn Bishop, wonderful job.
It seems like the whole premise of the book is that Cleo's story is told through Willow and in doing so it changes Willows life. The crazy thing is that if you don't read the summary on Amazon you have no idea that is what is happening. Maybe a part of the book - like the preface - is not included in the kindle version?
Without that component the story is ok, told kind of simplistically.
Although this book has a very rambling style, almost like an elementary school student, it still held my interest enough to make me want to continue reading it. If you want something simple and easy to read this one's for you.
This is a far cry from the mysteries and crime novels I usually read. It's a sweet tender story of familial love, kindness, heartache, tragedy, but most of all love. I will look for more books by this author.