For seven-year old Angela, happiness is exploring the lush countryside around her home in western Ukraine. Her wild imagination takes her into birds and flowers, and into the waters of the river. All that changes when, one morning, she sees her mother crying. As she tries to find out why, she is drawn on an extraordinary journey into the secrets of her family, and her mother’s fateful choices. Can Angela lead her mother back to happiness before her innocence is destroyed by the shadows of a dark past?
This book is so mesmerizing! Leonora is a talented writer as her pen paints a captivating story. She is wonderful at setting a scene so vivid and painting such a beautiful background that you often long to reach through into the book in longing for a place you have never visited. She is wonderful at putting the reader in the scene and letting it unfold around them. This story is so rich and breath taking, that I could not put it down. The mother-daughter relationship in this book leaves me so raw with emotion. You see a girl learning about life, love and what it means to grow up. You see her deal with so much for a girl of her age. She learns that sometimes you have to grow up too fast and what love is and how sometimes love can leave a mark on us all. You see her having to understand what it is to sometimes become the parent, instead being able to be the child. With a beautiful blend of the past to present and the ties that bind each generation, this book is a wonderful read. 5 stars from me! While i was sent this book in exchange for my review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.