This is a story with a difference.
I am calling it fantasy as it makes an assumption about how souls and their memories can be transferred from one person to anotehr after death.
At first I found it tricky to follow what was going on but suddenly it all came clear and I was entranced. It would have been 5 stars if I hadn’t been tempted to put the book down after a couple of chapters due my confusion.
It is gently written in a clear and unassuming style. A style that is easy to get lost in and a book that I didn’t want to end.
The description of the hurricane was devastating and Clare’s life, of penance almost, afterwards, was told with great empathy and affection for this damaged woman. And Leo, as he told his story, was so tragic, you really wanted to cuddle him forever. You forget now, just how harsh some of the religious houses were for orphans – the way they were treated like indentured servants despite their ages, and one can only be thankful, that this no longer happens. Although, orphanages are still far from good….
Read this book to find out what the Depression was really like for the American South.