This is a gripping story of transformation and redemption, of hope and faith in oneself and the ability we have to transcend our past and find the healing spirit within us all It truly is a beautifully written drama.Rabbi Steven Carr Reubin, author of Raising Ethical Children Effie lay facing the statue of the Virgin Mary and knew there were not enough Hail Marys for thisThis is a gripping story of transformation and redemption, of hope and faith in oneself and the ability we have to transcend our past and find the healing spirit within us all It truly is a beautifully written drama.Rabbi Steven Carr Reubin, author of Raising Ethical Children Effie lay facing the statue of the Virgin Mary and knew there were not enough Hail Marys for this one Finally there were sins to confess But she wouldn t do it in front of her mother and she wouldn t do it in front of a priest She had made a mistake she was sorry for But it was her secret now There was no forgiveness for lies When the Crow Sings, a novel, is based on the real life story of a family caught up in shame, abuse and denial a powerful story that explores the history of mothers who abandoned their children, until one person had the courage to break the chains.
In my reading life, I am not particularly fond of misery. Sure, it’s necessary to have some—how can you recognize light if it’s not set against darkness? But unrelieved angst and degradation are not generally what I turn to a book to seek. Nor am I one to slow down and stare at a multicar pileup on the highway. That being the case, When the Crow Sings and I are not a match made in heaven. So why, then, did I find this book so absorbing, even hypnotic to read? The story opens in the early y [...]
It has been a few years now since I've read this book. It is however still etched in my mind just as if I had just put it down yesterday. Jacqueline Wales, weaves a mesmerizing tale about a long chain of women, linked together by poor decisions and their inescapable consequences through the generations in a single Scottish family.Generation after generation, these women are caught in the misery and despair they inherited from their mothers and their immediate social environment. Destined to face [...]
This book is a must read; a page turner, tear jerker, yet still it manages to pull together a solid plot while keeping its prose refreshing. When The Crow Sings is a semi autobiographical family saga. In the hands of a proud Scottish woman as she crosses the ocean with the manuscript of her family secrets, the story traverses three generations of strong women as they endure abuse, and ultimately learn to break heartbreaking cycles, to render themselves independent and powerful. The novel adapts [...]
I love stories of powerful women and families. I really appreciate the history and language. It is a wonderfully written book.
I just returned from a week-long retreat with Jacqueline, the author, at her idyllic villa, Pantula, in Bali. There is tangible power and energy in the book, and I experienced tangible power and energy during her retreat. Both the book and the retreat were transformational. The stories and presence of powerful women who make a difference in the world will do that for you. There is so much courage in this story. All the characters were courageous in their own way. But it takes exceptional people [...]
I read this because I met the author at an event. I liked it a LOT. I wasn't as fond of the thoughts about the person writing from today as from the recollections of the past, but it was a very strong story