Here is the first paragraph of the cover blurb:
A chance meeting between a middle-aged woman, a widower, and a semi-orphaned child in the city of Zurich, Switzerland, brings together three people who grapple with a past of loss and betrayal. Six-year-old Karla, whose mother died in a car crash, has a hard time accepting the loss. Anna, her aunt and guardian, struggles with her former husband’s deception and her shattered confidence in men, and Jonas, artist and teacher, mourns the death of his wife.The story is not nearly as “dark” as you might think by reading that blurb, although it does have its moments of tenseness and stress, misunderstandings and pain. It also has love, forgiveness and understanding.
One thing I liked about An Uncommon Family is that the characters are not caricatures. Polkinhorn gives them depth. When Anna’s sister dies, Anna, the main protagonist, takes custody of her niece, Karla. Having her niece with hers fills her life, until she meets Jonas. Falling in love, but not admitting it, they become almost a family for Karla. But both Anna and Jonas have secrets from their past. Anna is not sure she can forgive Jonas’ secret.
In the end, the question is: Can they be a true family or will they remain An Uncommon Family?
I liked Christa Polkinhorn’s way of developing the characters. Each of them is flawed in their own way. No one is perfect. I also like the primary setting, Zurich, which I’ve never been to, but would like to go there after reading An Uncommon Family. (The author is originally from Switzerland.)
An Uncommon Family
I give An Uncommon Family by Christa Polkinhorn a rating of Hel-of-a-Story because she created a story for each character, complete with secrets, and then brought those stories together.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~FTC Disclaimer: This e-book was given to me by the author. This did not influence my review. What did influence me was that I read it on Kindle, or more accurately, a Kindle app. I had to go through a huge learning curve. Even though I read it on my computer via the Kindle app, I had to train myself not to read it as though it were a Word document. So many times, I would finish a page and scroll down to the next page. Don’t Do That! One scroll might take me five pages away or 50 pages away. And since there were no page numbers, it was difficult to find my way back. One morning I opened it up and it hadn’t saved where I left off. I had to re-read about 25 pages before I found my spot. Eventually, though, I got the hang of Never Using the Scroll button. In the end, An Uncommon Family was worth it.