Author Sienna Rose / Narrator Jeanne Whitehouse / 16 hours / 395 Pages
Reviewed by Felita Daniels
This story is all heart with a few nail-biting moments. There are so many things packed into this story of a Catholic family in Boston, set in the 1970’s. Frances Orillio and Maddy Malone meet when they are about eleven and this work takes you through their lives to high school days. Some of the themes explored are the relationships between mothers and daughters, bullying, family secrets, bigotry and roles of men and women in that era. There were rich descriptions and the characters were fully developed. I worried for many of them as danger and heartache came into their lives. I laughed in certain circumstances and teared up in others.
If you liked movies such as The Man in the Moon, or Steel Magnolias I believe you would enjoy this book also. They are not exact matches, but the mix of coming of age, endearment and also tragedy and drama is a pretty good approximation.
Because I have reviewed the audio version I want to share with you my opinions about the narrator also. Jeanne Whitehouse did a wonderful job. She utilized accents for the voices in just the right way, from the mother’s Boston accent, to Maddy’s tomboyish way, from young to old- Annie, the small child to the grandmother, and men such as the brothers and fathers. Her reading also conveyed the heart of the characters. This was a wonderful listen.