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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 this book!

So proud of this Canadian Artist. Narration supported an incredible story line. Worth the read!

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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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Easy listen

This is a sweet little feel good story. The end is exactly what you want to see happen.

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Heartwarming Christmas story

So pleased with this free audible title. It kept my attention right from the beginning and was a very heart warming story about the holidays to get you into the spirit of the season and thinking about family and the things that really matter. Loved it!

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Absolutely Stellar

Wow, I wasn’t expecting to be so swept away. Rich characters full of life and so real. Beautiful writing. Can’t say enough about how this author captured all the flaws and faults and lives of the characters. I really needed this. And I loved the Canadiana.

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Great narration for a lovely story.

A lovely story that blends healing and hope. It could have expanded on what happened to the step father. I would have liked to know he was arrested.

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good listen

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A great Canadian author

Family struggles that one could relate to. The quiet burdens of the imperfect characters made it believable.
One star removed for the abruptness of the conclusion. I personally desired a more graceful ending or an epilogue.

I love discovering great Canadian authors.