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What Love Sees

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  113 ratings  ·  19 reviews
A wealthy New England blind woman escaped the shelter of her overprotective family to marry a poor blind rancher in a remote California mountain town, and gets the jolt of reality she'd been longing for. There's more to learning to ride western than just horses, and it has to do with seeing eye bulls, a cabin so small she constantly crashes into her grand piano shipped fro ...more
Paperback, available only from Amazon; paper & ebook, 390 pages
Published 1988 by PaperJacks; Rosetta Books
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This book was ok ... but it tended to drag out at times. The first half of the book was about a wealthy family and the life of their blind child. The second half has the child finishing school, enjoying the adventure of overseas travel, meeting the man who would be her husband ... and having 4 children, one of whom became blind.
This book is Susan Vreeland's first novel based on historic figures. It is written from the first person perspective of a girl from a very wealthy Connecticut family who becomes blind at the age of 11 in the mist of depression. She struggles to create a real life while her family, especially her domineering father, try to keep her safe and sheltered. She bravely pursues friendships her parents do not approve of and takes risks to make her life more significant. After attending a 'finishing schoo ...more
October 3,2012
Whew!!!I have just finished What Love Sees by Susan Vreeland, her first book...a biographical novel. It was made into a movie made for television that she told me (when she was in our town to speak about her book, Clara and Mr. Tiffany, our community read for 2012) was a work of love for these beautiful people .

She was the daughter of a wealthy family in Connecticut. He was the son of subsistence farmers in rural Ramon, California. They were both blind. They married and raised 4 ch
Being a big fan of Susan Vreeland, I was excited to discover this lesser known book. Well, it is no wonder it didn't get much publicity, as I could not make it past 50 or so pages. The story and characters just didn't do anything for me and I was so disappointed I had to quit and stop wasting my time. Zero stars...
This was an inspiring and touching story about a blind couple who raise their children on a California ranch. I felt it truly showed how things were for the blind back in the 1940's and the struggle they had to live independently. It also showed the extreme differences between the wealthy East coast families and West coast ranch families. Some of the ways that they raised their children back then would be considered inappropriate today and I cringed at the children being tied to a post. The lett ...more
Jun 16, 2013 Betty added it
This book is difficult to comment on without using words like 'view', 'insight', or 'look'. Because the family involved includes blind parents, at first I was saddened by all the trials they went through. As I continued to read, that sadness turned to admiration as the parents took each day, solved each problem the best way they could, and continued to live full lives. I was impressed with the friends who understood how to help without pitying. The Seeing Eye Dog program played a part in the mot ...more
theresa Younce
This was a special in the kindle sale shelf and I really enjoyed it. The writing is not the best (a first novel) The author also wrote The Girl in Hyacinth Blue which I liked and the writing much better. But the story of What Love Sees is fascinating. Two blind people from entirely different social levels and from each one of the US coasts marry and raise four children on a ranch in California right before WWII. True story but a fictionalized account in that the thoughts and words are made up by ...more
I so enjoyed getting to walk in Jean's shoes, the shoes of a blind girl, making her way as best she can from childhood through motherhood. I've never known a blind person, so I loved understanding what life's challenges are for one, and I so liked her. She was vulnerable and strong, all at the same time, scared and weak, yet inspiration. This book broadened my horizons and I thoroughly enjoyed all the characters. I'd love to see the movie based on this real family. I'd recommend t ...more
Joan Michalcik Fox
Book Club October 2014:
Both the writing and the story improved page by page. By the end of the book I was completely wrapped up in the characters and am dying to know how their move went and what became of the family.

An added bonus for me was a glimpse into the life of someone who loses their sight.
Sharon Kelley
I really enjoyed this story. It was reccomended to me by the young blind son himself "Hap" after a chance meeting in Crystal Lake IL. It has special meaning for me because I am a sighted child of blind parents
Nicole Gerrand
whilst not the best written book it was a fascination story about overcoming blindness and having a normal life. It was a remarkable story at a time when disabled people were not as well integrated into society.
I actually haven't read this book for quite some time, but I remember enjoying it when I read it. It's one I would like to read again, but I remember there being some really poignant scenes.
I enjoyed the story. In fact I wanted more. The book itself was not well written. I felt like I was back in middle school reading a biography.
Boring. Slow. Too long. Although Jean's struggles and triumphs as a blind woman are somewhat inspirational and educational.
Lise Schleicher
Read. This. Book.

I enjoyed this from the first word to the very end, and was hoping there was more.
This book made me think about the things that I take for granted. I liked it.
Erin Jepsen
The story was wonderful. The writing seemed a bit mediocre.

A great read, it left me smiling!
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Susan Vreeland is an internationally renowned best-selling author and four-time winner of the Theodor Geisel Award for Fiction, the San Diego Book Award’s highest honor. She is known for writing historical fiction on art-related themes, including Girl in Hyacinth Blue, The Passion of Artemisia, Luncheon of the Boating Party, and Clara and Mr. Tiffany. Her books have been translated into 26 languag ...more
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