I received an advance review copy of this audiobook for free from MacMillian Audio and NetGalley, and I am leaving my honest review voluntarily as a courtesy.
In this interesting piece of women's fiction, we follow a young woman, Vera, through her childhood and into adulthood as she grows, marries, and has a child in a small town nestled in the mountains. With the essence of a fairy tale or fable, the writing was rich and full of vivid imagery. It explores what it means to be a girl/woman living in a small town and the uncertainties and judgment one encounters throughout life.
The audiobook is narrated beautifully by Ell Potter and I was whisked away by her richly emotive voice. I found myself getting lost in the story up until the end when I realized that the story wasn't quite what I thought it to be.
As a woman who has chosen to live her life child-free, I believe I may not have the required experience or knowledge to fully appreciate the message of this book. It was excellently written and I enjoyed listening to the narration, but I feel as though I just didn’t really get “it,” whatever “it” may be.
Overall, I gave this 3.5 stars (rounded up to 4 because of the excellent writing and narration) and would recommend it to those I know who are mothers who would understand the overall meaning better than I.