Friday, February 07, 2014

The Housemaid's DaughterThe Housemaid's Daughter by Barbara Mutch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Historical Fiction

Cathleen and Ada's relationship is a testament to the compassion of the human spirit to endure through many trials but still to be able to give and receive love without bitterness. I feel bad for Cathleen though because even though she has Ada she still feels estranged from her own daughter, Rose, due to their differing temperaments.

My favorite parts of the book are those about Phil and Ada, but to me they are also some of the saddest parts of the book. I almost gave up on the book entirely when I got to the point when Phil and Ada's relationship changes tragically. I stuck with it though and didn't just throw the book like I wanted to and I'm glad that I did because looking back on it now I realize that Ada's story, not even a hundred pages in, seeps into your bones and you just have to know what happens.

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