The Mouse-proof Kitchen

The Mouse-proof Kitchen

A Novel

eBook - 2013
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Anna thought she had it all figured out . . . but fate had other plans. When Anna, a chef by profession, discovers shes pregnant, she prepares to leave dreary London behind and move to idyllic Provence, France, with her husband, Tobias, and her lovable baby-to-be. But shes suddenly forced to reevaluate her dreams when their baby is born less than perfect. Little do Anna and Tobias know that the change in plans sparked by Freyas birth is the beginning of an incredible journey of the heart. Along the way, they discover that there truly is no such thing as a mouseproof kitchen, and though life sometimes gets a little messy, its the messy bits that give it meaning. The couple and their new daughter end up in a vermin-infested farmhouse in a remote town in Francefar from the mansion in Provence theyd originally imagined. Their rickety home is falling down around them, the village is involved in a decades-old trauma, and even the charms of the regions lavender...
Publisher: 2013.
ISBN: 9781476705682
Branch Call Number: eBook OverDrive
Characteristics: 1 downloadable ebook

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s390325
Mar 21, 2017

I found this book to be a touching and compelling story about a couple trying to deal with the consequences and complications when their daughter is born with severe birth defects. I thought the reactions and descriptions of the couple's reactions and communication were very authentic and understandable while still heartbreaking. The description of Anna's emotions, especially right after her daughter's birth, when she is swinging between this overwhelming mother love and then agreeing with Tobias that maybe they should just leave her at the hospital because of how it would affect their future plans, is so vivid that you feel like you are right there in her shoes. There are other details that ring very true too, for example, how do you tell people that you're daughter is handicapped. I enjoyed the description of the land and people in France, and how they are gradually accepted into the community. (Spoiler alert) I was very happy that they decided to keep taking care of Freya and that Anna and Tobias finally figure out how to communicate with each other. I didn't think they needed the addition of the perfect twins to make a happy ending since they had finally figured out how to work together as a family. I am a sucker for a happy ending, so I am glad that Anna figured out how to improve her relationship with her mom, and that Lizzy got better, and the other couple got married. I enjoyed reading this book!

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wiredonjava
Jan 19, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed this memorable story of French culture, language, food and gardening. Sad are the complicated feelings of a parent dealing with the suffering of a child. The author knew first hand in reality of this and it was evident.

madison382 Aug 01, 2013

This story is about a young couple getting ready to give birth to their first child, as in every new parents we expect our newborn to be perfect, however this was not so with this couple, the child was severely brain damaged, the husband thought they should leave the child at the hospital, but the mother just look at her child and fell in love. Don't want to give away too much, but a good read and you will see that only a mother can feel this kind of love for a newborn, whether normal or mentally challenged.

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