Saturday, 19 July 2014

Until the Robin Walks on Snow by Bernice L. Rocque

Reviewer: Liza Perrat, author of Spirit of Lost Angels and Wolfsangel

What we thought: From the moment I opened my copy of Until the Robin Walks on Snow I was hooked by the author’s eloquent prose, as she creatively marries fact and fiction. The story follows the birth of a premature baby, Antoni in the early twentieth century, “the smallest baby the doctor has ever seen––dead or alive”, and continues with the family's struggle to save this 1.5lb child during an extremely cold winter.

As well as precise details of how the family battles to save the baby, we also learn much about the culture, religion and celebrations of the author’s Lithuanian, Polish, and Russian ancestors, allowing the reader to truly feel a part of this 1920s community. And for me, this family’s long battle to save their child symbolises that same long struggle many immigrants face when they arrive in a new country.

Great storytelling, coupled with impressive genealogical research, family stories and local history, I would highly recommend this captivating story about love, hope and faith, and the unwavering determination of a family to sustain one fragile life.

You’ll enjoy this if you like: heart-warming family stories based on fact.

Avoid if you don’t like: stories about premature babies and hardship

Ideal accompaniments: Bowl of hot porridge.

Genre: Historical Faction

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