3 1/2 Stars
I have a really hard time rating and classifying
this. I think if it were written today it would be YA, since the main
character starts out at age 7 (I think), stays around 10 years old for
ages and finally in the last few pages reaches 14.
It's a good
book but I'm not used to reading about such young characters. I think if
I were of the YA age range I would have liked this a lot more than I
did. Its a very sweet, gentle read but I kept wondering, "Where are we
going with this?" and the answer was, "We're not. We're just enjoying
And for the most part you do enjoy it, although I couldn't help wondering why the author saw fit to kill
off so many people. I think I counted nine deaths. That's quite a lot
by any standards but pretty over the top for a book written for younger
audiences. And yet I can't say it's morbid. Most of the characters that
got killed off were pretty unmemorable cardboard-type figures, and I
got the feeling that once they served their purpose the author was just
as bored with them as we were so... POP goes the weasel.
friendship/love between Ruan and David was probably one of the sweetest
Ive read (although at one point I could have smacked him. I suppose he
couldn't be completely perfect). The ending leaves you satisfied but
wanting an epilogue.
Recommended for lovers of old fashioned, quaint, cozy reads. This is my second DES, and I have to say I enjoyed her book The Lovely Day a lot more.
PROFANITY: Very mild (Ds)
PARANORMAL ELEMENTS: None
THEMATIC ELEMENTS: Death, family abandonment, unwed pregnancy vaguely hinted at
MY RATING: G