This was a well-written and compelling story, but I only gave it 3 stars. Why? Well, for one thing, any book that takes me almost 4 months to get throThis was a well-written and compelling story, but I only gave it 3 stars. Why? Well, for one thing, any book that takes me almost 4 months to get through only deserves 3 stars. Secondly, while I thought the reader was excellent, her voice seemed too old for many of the happenings in the story. The book was meant to be told by Anne when she was in her late 60s, looking back on her life, but somehow, the voice of the reader didn't quite fit what I thought Anne would sound like.
When I was in my 20s, I read all but one volume of Anne Morrow Lindbergh's published diaries. I was particularly taken with the first, Bring Me a Unicorn, which covered her meeting with Charles Lindbergh just months after his famous flight, and their courtship and marriage. I decided to read Melanie Benjamin's book because I had loved that volume so much way back when, and I hoped I would love this book that way, too. I can't say that I did, but I did like the book, although I found myself getting really bogged down in the section that covered the kidnapping of their son (excruciatingly difficult to read) and on through the years prior to and during World War II. At many times during this part of the story, I just wanted Anne to stop being a doormat. Obviously, the book, while fiction, was based on real events, so this wasn't going to happen...
That being said, I liked the book, and it has rekindled my earlier interest in Anne Morrow Lindbergh. I also would certainly read other books by Melanie Benjamin in the future....more
A perfect book to read on a six-hour plane ride! An engrossing story, with interesting characters, set in a place, Nantucket Island, that I could pictA perfect book to read on a six-hour plane ride! An engrossing story, with interesting characters, set in a place, Nantucket Island, that I could picture, because I've been there. I loved it, and recommend it!...more
This book was an interesting combination of actual historical events and people (the Mather expedition through the Olympic Mountains) and the storiesThis book was an interesting combination of actual historical events and people (the Mather expedition through the Olympic Mountains) and the stories of some of the inhabitants of the fictional town of Port Bonita, Washington (a very thinly veiled Port Angeles), moving between the late 1880s/1890s and the year 2006. It took me quite a while to get into this book, but once I did, I was thoroughly engrossed in the plot, and I cared about what happened to the characters, especially those characters in the 2006 segments of the book. Evison's depiction of the rape of the land and the treatment of Native Americans in the 1890s segments of the book, and the way these events have affected the world of Port Bonita in 2006 really ring true.
The reader of the audiobook was excellent, but someone should have clued him in on the correct pronunciation of Native American place names/tribes. it is really annoying to hear them mispronounced over and over again....more