I found this book to be a touching and compelling story about a couple trying to deal with the consequences and complications when their daughter is born with severe birth defects. I thought the reactions and descriptions of the couple's reactions and communication were very authentic and understandable while still heartbreaking. The description of Anna's emotions, especially right after her daughter's birth, when she is swinging between this overwhelming mother love and then agreeing with Tobias that maybe they should just leave her at the hospital because of how it would affect their future plans, is so vivid that you feel like you are right there in her shoes. There are other details that ring very true too, for example, how do you tell people that you're daughter is handicapped. I enjoyed the description of the land and people in France, and how they are gradually accepted into the community. (Spoiler alert) I was very happy that they decided to keep taking care of Freya and that Anna and Tobias finally figure out how to communicate with each other. I didn't think they needed the addition of the perfect twins to make a happy ending since they had finally figured out how to work together as a family. I am a sucker for a happy ending, so I am glad that Anna figured out how to improve her relationship with her mom, and that Lizzy got better, and the other couple got married. I enjoyed reading this book!

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