“A powerful reminder of the resilience of the human spirit, this tale is utterly unforgettable.”




I thoroughly enjoyed this gentle story, set around the First World War, from the pen of this highly acclaimed author.

The simplicity Anita Shreve showed while telling Stella’s tale isn’t something I would normally find exactly up my alley as I usually prefer more descriptive writing to bring all my senses alive, however this was a beautifully crafted tale and kept me wanting to turn the page.

I found the mystery woven throughout thoroughly believable and the minor characters perfectly spaced. They carried their individual roles in her life very well, while Stella herself had both tragedy and mystery surrounding what brought her to the dilemma she finds herself in at the very beginning.

I can easily, and do willingly, recommend this as a reflective read for those who don’t need action-packed drama or edge-of-their-seat thrills to keep them interested – just perfect for a rainy day when you have a few hours up your sleeve.



Reviewed by:

Jennifer Larmar – Australian Author

Added 28th October 2015