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The Secret Mother Paperback – October 1, 2015
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"A beautifully written, poignant story of how love knows no cultural boundaries. Highly recommended." Deborah Swift, author
Top customer reviews
I really love the concept of this book. But the formatting made things confusing on the e-reader, I'm assuming especially if you have your letter size set to something that's not the default. It was hard for me to read this at first because I couldn't tell the two characters apart--their voices weren't that individual at all. It made things confusing and frustrating until I got the hang of when the voices were changing (in the ebook version, there's a line break. Not even a new chapter!)
I don't have many comparable books since the only one that even comes to mind is Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. I would include Amy Tan, but that seems a bit unfair, doesn't it? But by itself, like I said, the concept is great. It's a wonderful story that--overall--I didn't hate reading. I just feel the formatting really affected my rating here.
Its four-page double-panel reading format was hard to get used to at first. Well, 'hard to get used to' is an understatement, since it led to my quick review from not being able to take flipping past 4 pages to get to the next new set of pages. From what I read, Delderfield is no Amy Tan, but is a relatively practiced writer with moderate control over an instantaneous big cast of characters.