Great story

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I absolutely love this book! As a South African now living in the United States I could identify with the author’s experiences of growing up in South Africa during the time of major changes in the political landscape. What a beautiful love story filled with suspense, sadness and joy. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone who would like to get a different and more balanced perspective on a complex land with passionate people striving to live together in harmony.

a memorable tale of survival and love

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I was introduced to this book through my book club. This book is why i feel book clubs are so important because they introduce the reader to experiences they may not find on their own. I found the imagery in this book wonderful. I felt a real kinship to the author having been through my youth at the same time. I learnt so much about south africa and that period in history and how people were affected by it. This book is lyrical poetic and a suprising find for the hungry mind. The language is elegant yet straightfoward and realistic. I really enjoyed this read.


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I started this book on Sunday afternoon and finished it at 11PM Sunday night. This is a true story told from the heart of the author, who lived a priveleged childhood in South Africa including all the normal angst and insecurities that go along with a young girl growing up. It then moves into a wonderful love story with an Africaner not from her charmed English world which results in turning the author’s world upside down in so many ways. Ruchel’s grit and determination to carve out a meaningful role for herself that is not her mother’s or husband’s view of what she “should do and be” results in many twists, turns, and humorous moments. Definitely the bath tub on the roof of the car, and the snowman scenes are just a few. Along with her personal story Ruchel shares the political changes that were taking place in South Africa during the time she was living there. Definitely an interesting read! Gail Auguston-Koppen

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