The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin by Stephanie Knipper

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This is a special book about healing and what it means to heal. At its core are two sisters who’ve had a falling out. The separation is painful for both of them. With the backdrop of a Kentucky flower farm, Rose is raising a severely disabled child alone. Ten-year-old Antoinette appears to have a form of autism that requires constant care but along with this disability comes a gift. Antoinette can connect to the vibrations of life and heal. A dead bird is raised. Flowers bloom before their time. Neighbors heal. When Rose becomes ill herself, she reaches out to her sister to come and help with Antoinette and the farm. But Lily has her own secrets and going back means she’ll have to confront them. Why does one little girl frighten her so much?

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I enjoyed the backdrop of the book reading it in a time when Belgium was dark, rainy, and in its pre-spring gray. The promise of a new cycle of life and healing is powerful. Can old relationships be healed? What does healing look like? What sacrifices will love allow? The descriptions of Antoinette’s abilities were intriguing as were the insights into the world of autism. Although I didn’t like the ending because the author took the easy way out, I’m sure many will find comfort in it.

 

 

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2 responses to “The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin by Stephanie Knipper

  1. reanolanmartin

    This is a great premise! I’m going to hold off reading it since I’m currently working on a novel about two sisters with similar difficulties, albeit most likely a bit crazier than this scenario. Looking forward to reading it though. Thanks, Ellis!

    • I wondered if you had seen this book when I was reading it. I also thought about you when I was reading the NF book, The Divine Feminine Fire: Creativity & Your Yearning to Create by Teri Degler. I’ll be writing about that book next.

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