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Review: The Mouse-Proof Kitchen

November 25, 2014

The Mouse Proof Kitchen

Anna and Tobias plan to move to France once their daughter is born.  When she’s born with severe disabilities they wonder if it’s the right thing to do.  Tobias finally convinces Anna and they, along with their daughter, Freya, move to a house in Provence.

The house is not what they dreamed of, though – it needs a lot of work and mice run rampant through the kitchen.  Still, they try to make things work but Freya’s increasing medical emergencies seem to be pulling them apart.

The Mouse-Proof Kitchen by Saira Shah is loosely based on the author’s own life.  Written with raw honesty, I found it heartbreaking, uplifting, charming, and compelling.

Caring for a child in Freya’s condition isn’t easy and Shah doesn’t sugarcoat things.  Anna and Tobias are honest in their emotions – they love their daughter but wonder how long they can care for her.  It puts a strain on their marriage as they question what they should do.

This book is well written, has a great storyline, and is full of wonderful characters.  I felt for Anna and Tobias and was completely charmed by their neighbors in France.  The Mouse-Proof Kitchen is full of heart and emotion and I thoroughly enjoyed it – be sure to have a few tissues handy when you read it.

Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster.   I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
15 Comments leave one →
  1. November 25, 2014 7:01 am

    I loved this too Kathy when I read it.

  2. November 25, 2014 7:18 am

    I’ve had this only kindle for some time – it sounds really good! l should make time for it sooner rather than later.

  3. November 25, 2014 8:11 am

    Sounds good but I hate the thought of mice in the kitchen!

  4. November 25, 2014 9:02 am

    I like the story but the sadness will overwhelm me.

  5. November 25, 2014 9:49 am

    This sounds really good!

  6. November 25, 2014 10:09 am

    Oh, this one does sound like one I’d love…although the idea of the mice freaks me out a little, but that’s because I had a little mouse problem for a while in my house in the foothills…LOL. Probably the mice seem insignificant, however, next to the larger problems of Freya’s difficulties.

  7. November 25, 2014 11:30 am

    I like emotional reads, but the daughter having disabilities would be hard to read about.

  8. November 25, 2014 12:54 pm

    This sounds like a book I’d enjoy also, Kathy! Terrific review of this book!

  9. Patty permalink
    November 25, 2014 5:43 pm

    It sounds interesting…you are getting a lot of reading done!

  10. Beth F permalink
    November 26, 2014 5:58 am

    I have to be in the mood for something this emotional. Glad you reviewed this because I might have passed it by.

  11. November 26, 2014 10:21 am

    This book sounds really interesting. I’m curious to find out what happened next.

  12. November 26, 2014 10:06 pm

    I don’t kow if I could handle it but it does appeal to me. I’ve always told Jason I’d be happy to move to Europe someday 🙂

  13. November 27, 2014 3:04 pm

    This book sounds very light but I see that there is nothing light about it. I think I will enjoy reading this one.

  14. December 2, 2014 9:09 am

    I enjoy these types of reads even though I don’t read them all that often.

  15. bookingmama permalink
    December 4, 2014 10:32 pm

    I can’t even imagine taking on all of that — the choices as well as their daughter.

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