- File Size: 2898 KB
- Print Length: 396 pages
- Publisher: James Richard (January 2, 2016)
- Publication Date: January 2, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01A4MPIUU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,268 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I found the book from the first page to the last to be very heart-warming. It depicts and old man sharing his life during the early 1900s with a young boy, his grandson. That the elder gent has lived an interesting life there can be no doubt. But it’s the sweetness of the characters themselves and the tenderness of the moments they spend together, and the cherished memories that stitch their lives together that make you long for days gone by. Not just for the long lost era of the 1900s, but even of the calm interludes that in our day and age can bring an older grandpa and a younger grandson together to share quality time like this, which are so hard to come by. That’s the second thing I look for in great historical fiction: that it leaves me with a genuine sense of loss. As ages go by, mankind progresses, yes, but always at a price, and always by sacrificing something dear about ourselves we would have been wise to hold on to. This book conveys this sentiment in spades.
Will Barton arrives back from Paris to take over his sister's printing press. Elizabeth is a cantankerous, unhappy woman and mother to two daughters; one a foundling. Her husband- Ulysses is a larger than life constant drinker and ne'er do well with a heart of gold.
A wonderful portrayal of life in a close knit community during the early 1900's filled with quirky characters, intrigue and most of all the love story between Will (the grandfather) and Laurel, the beautiful and enigmatic seamstress. Lovely read
From the very first pages I felt very attached to the characters and it’s definitely a sign of very good writing. Penny’s story was so touching and heartbreaking, but I admired her willpower not to give up on her search of her birthmother no matter what. Will and Laurel were my favorites since their first meeting, and in spite of all the circumstances I couldn’t help but root for their future.
I also appreciated how the town people were portrayed, and how the “pious” ones turned out to be the most unforgiving and cruel in their judgements, and the “outcasts” – Laurel is the most obvious example – displayed the biggest heart and sympathy even towards the ones who snubbed them.
Highly recommended for all lovers of historical fiction!
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Well-written, too; not only was the writing in keeping with the times but was also had a poetic feel -...Read more