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Publisher's Summary

A profoundly moving exploration of our capacity to heal one another.

Ellie and Eric Nyland have moved their two sons back to Eric’s childhood farmhouse, hoping for a fresh start. But there’s no denying it, their family is falling apart, each one of them isolated by private sorrows, stresses, and missed signals. With every passing day, Ellie’s hopes are buried deeper in the harsh winter snows.

When Eric finds Hannah Finch, the girl across the road, wandering alone in the bitter cold, his rusty police instincts kick in, and he soon discovers there are bad things happening in the girl’s house. With nowhere else to send her, the Nylands reluctantly agree to let Hannah stay with them until she can find a new home after the Christmas holidays. But Hannah proves to be more balm than burden, and the Nylands discover that the only thing harder than taking Hannah in may be letting her go.

©2018 Fran Kimmel (P)2018 ECW Press

What the critics say

“Kimmel’s novel has only a few characters, but they all possess presence and depth and experience honest changes. The strong sense of place serves as an additional relationship for the characters to negotiate.” (Library Journal)

“Quietly powerful.... In less careful hands, this story could have come across as sentimental or melodramatic; instead, it takes shape as a guardedly hopeful tale of resilience.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Moving.... The seemingly mundane scenes - a family dinner, for example - are the most powerful in the story and demonstrate our capacity to heal one another through compassion and kindness.” (Canadian Living

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Amazing story!

This story had me from the moment I started listening to it. It’s beautifully written and thoughtfully narrated. There are strong characters and you’re rooting for every single one of them. Highly recommend this book.

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exceptional

narration and writing were phenomenal
enjoyable touching uplifting
nothing bad to say about it
This book is for
Mothers who have lost children
Children who have lost Mothers
Those affected by dementia
Anyone who was ever 15
Anyone who has tried marriage
Anyone who used to be a little girl
Those affected by autism
Anyone who has ever aged

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Loved it.

This isn’t usually the kind if book I like to read. Figured I would try something a bit different and I absolutely loved this book. Every character is so well described, the story is incredibly touching and beautifully written.

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Beautiful

I don't know what else to call this book but beautiful. One of the most moving stories I've ever read. The way the author captures the strange ways we speak to ourselves was very unique.

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A beautiful heartfelt story ❤️

I loved this book. It is clever heartfelt and funny. I give Fran Kimmel 5 stars for excellent writing. I was engaged and hopeful through the whole book.

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I loved this story

Perfect description of the characters. The author was able to clearly portray ages and conditions... I could perfectly visualize grandpa, Sammy, etc. This novel is honest and heart-warming. I absolutely loved it. The only thing I wasn’t thrilled about was the switching between male and female narrators. This was unnecessary and jarring. I would have preferred just the female narration.

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well well written story

captree engaged kept it interested I liked it. gather there's a lot of kids like that eating a place to be.

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Excellent story

Very readable book of a family having gone through sorrow and loss and their way back to harmony

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Good read

A book with much pain like life and much hope like life.

I am an Albertan as is this author, so also joy.

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Fantastic Story

I typically listen to non fiction books only. This was an exception that I got it even. It is well written story and I enjoyed the who it was read.