Meet the McBride sisters who are preparing for Christmas at home in Scotland. Beth is married and a stay at home mother to two small children but contemplating a return to an outside career. Oldest sister, Hannah, has a highly successful career that seems to keep her from the family but they believe she’s deliberately choosing to stay away. Both she and Beth live in New York but rarely see each other these days. The youngest sister, Posy, hasn’t strayed from home, helping their mother Suzanne run the local café and serving on the alpine rescue team. She’s getting itchy feet to spread her wings but doesn’t want to disappoint her parents by leaving.
I fell in love with this story and the McBride family. Mom Suzanne was counting on the holidays bringing the family together for the first time in two years but completely unaware of the conflicts her children were experiencing. Compounding all of that was the season being the anniversary of a tragic event that seems to have profoundly shaped all of them and continues to plague them. Each sister’s story was extremely interesting and combined just made for an intriguing experience. The event that had such a tremendous impact was revealed slowly, adding even more tension.
The narrator managed each character skillfully, including accents and dialects, creating distinctive individual identities. She added verve to a well written story that I just loved. It’s a delightful tale that deftly used the Christmas season to add emphasis to important themes regarding family, communication and self worth. I don’t normally re-listen to books but I think I will with this one. It clicked on every level and I didn’t want it to end.
- Release Date: November 6, 2018
- Narrator: Mandy Weston
- Audio Length: 12 hours, 32 minutes
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(I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review)