PositiveBooklist[Laurie] writes lyrically about his small herd of Riggit cattle and his crops, their successful growth contrasted with his and his wife’s fertility struggles. Organized around a calendar year, the account brims with beautiful details of farm life, complemented perfectly by Sharon Tingey’s penciled illustrations. Narrated in Laurie’s Scottish voice, this paean to simpler times is reminiscent of James Herriot’s writings about Yorkshire and well worth a read.
PositiveBooklistNews reports chronicling the saga of the Grand Idea’s participants are interspersed among the chapters, adding a sense of realism to an ethereal narrative resounding with themes of loss, despair, and redemption. Albom’s many fans will welcome this return to his signature fiction, which is sure to garner new admirers, too.
PositiveBooklistKhoury’s atmospheric depiction of her characters’ interwoven lives is beautifully rendered.
Janine Di Giovanni
RaveBooklistWith a reporting career spanning three decades throughout the region, she writes with poignant authenticity as she weaves her own deeply personal faith experiences with those of a parade of Middle Eastern citizens who populate the history she recounts of Iraq, Gaza, Syria, and Egypt, places foundational to early Christianity ... Di Giovanni’s many interviews and own observations detail heartrending circumstances that have wreaked irreparable harm to families, towns, and countries ... Maps and an invaluable timeline complement the thoroughly documented text. Challenging but worth the effort, this will resonate with readers interested in gaining understanding of the land’s complex issues while grasping with the author for undiscovered solutions.
PositiveBooklist... a unique twist on a fish-out-of-water story ... Fans of Jojo Moyes and Sally Rooney will appreciate Adkins’ talent in weaving subtle events together to create complex characters whose persuasions evolve throughout.