I thought this was a thoughtful and well-crafted story. I have seen some criticisms levied at it for being slow paced, but it is a story which very much focuses on the main character and thoughts and feelings as she grows up and becomes a parent herself. The writing is competent and nuanced; I was surprised to learn it's a debut. I do think that the changes in time periods could have been handled better though and some shifts were a bit abrupt. It might actually have worked better as a novel in parts.
The story deals with weighty complicated issues such as the legacy of the second world war, troubled family relationships, and single parenthood. I liked that it was a story with emotional depth; Maddie is a character who is able to reflect on her decisions. Overall, an interesting read.
Buy the book: Living with Strangers