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Feb 04, 2019DanglingConversations rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
The ending of the book was a bit trite, just too little left to the imagination. Nevertheless the plot was fascinating and the female protagonist was strong and resourceful. The issue of 'assisted death' both for her elderly mother with…
Nov 01, 2018SusanJ_124 rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
For me, the book was OK but everything seemed to fall a little flat. Also, I could not get past the fact that that is not the way that the Canadian legal system works. I am OK with a bit of artistic licence, but this was a key part of the…
Mar 26, 2018mdextras rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
This is an easy read. It offers interesting characters and the story goes from France to Canada taking detours in Indochina and Africa. It illustrates the development of a piano making company, the horrors of WWI, the market in the early…
Sep 11, 2017ehbooklover rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This title is set in one of my favourite places (Nova Scotia) and I loved that when the story alternated between past and present it felt completely seamless. I also really liked that the female protagonist was so complex, strong, and…
May 04, 2017wyenotgo rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Although this is a rather quiet, low-key novel, nothing earth-shaking, no rockets in the sky, I'm giving it the full 5 stars. Because it does what it sets out to do: it tells a woman's very personal story, brings all the story elements…
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Mar 31, 2017monini rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this novel and read it in one shot. It was also very interesting to learn about the art of piano making and to follow Hélène's challenging journey through WWI and her difficult life in Canada.
Mar 27, 2017katarina_biblio rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Started off slow, but I found myself carried along in the world of the novel, unable to stop reading until I finished! Lovely to read a story set in Canada as well.
Jan 10, 2017Tica77 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Written in simple language, the author made the characters entirely believable as he did with the plot. If you know anything about the north, you can easily understand the struggles experienced by Hélène and…
Dec 06, 2016denise99 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Beautifully written. Could not put it down.
Nov 20, 2016happycanuck rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
The story slowly grows in intrigue becoming harder to put down.
Sep 20, 2016julia_sedai rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
I found this book really interesting and quite suspenseful. I don't know much about pianos besides knowing how to play, and I loved Palka's descriptions. It goes into a lot more than piano making, even ending up in the Albertan north…
Jul 19, 2016Eil_1 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Helene's story unfolds piece by piece. It is a compelling, straightforward and engrossing and well-written book. Will read "Patient Number 7" ("Clara).
Jul 11, 2016MillieBT rated this title 0.5 out of 5 stars
I seriously gave it my best...it was slow..boring..no connection to the characters
Mar 26, 2016Charlie68 rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
A good enough read, the characters are likeable, the plot hums along and the writing is fair to adequate. The only thing lacking is depth and passion.
Mar 22, 2016
Full review under "summary" tab. Reviewed in Stratford Gazette, March 23, 2016
Mar 15, 2016
This is a beautifully written story. Although it is written by a Canadian, and about Canada, it is universal in it's themes. Couldn't put it down.
Feb 12, 2016ontherideau rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Excellent story, Canadian author and settings.