Review of The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin by Stephanie Knipper

Rose and Lily Martin are two sisters who were once inseparable, but due to a series of eBook Review Gal Book Review of The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Marting by Stephanie Knipperunfortunate circumstances have become estranged. When Rose becomes critically ill and can no longer take care of the family flower farm and her severely disabled daughter Antoinette, she knows it’s time to make amends. Lily reluctantly returns home and together the two sisters set about preparing for life after Rose’s death. However, Antoinette has ideas of her own. Determined to heal her mother, even at the cost of her own health, Antoinette’s gift soon heals in more ways than anyone could ever have expected.

I’m a little torn about this book. There’s no denying that it’s beautifully written and the author is a good writer, yet I didn’t enjoy it as much as I’d expected I would. For one thing, I didn’t like the constant POV change. Perhaps if the author had labeled each chapter by POV character I wouldn’t have found it as confusing and jarring. I was forced to pause a few times at the beginning of a chapter to wonder whose story I was reading.

I would have liked a bit more clarification on Lily’s character makeup. Was she autistic? Obsessive Compulsive? It would have helped to know this. Did she ever seek help for her behaviors? Regardless, her constant counting grated on my nerves by the end of the book.

I found this book to be more depressing than uplifting. The endless self-sacrificing behaviors of several of the characters were exhausting. The “miracles” were too farfetched for my liking. I’d have to say the book is more in the Fantasy genre than anything else.

 

3 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton

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