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Review: Harmony

October 27, 2016


The Hammonds’ (Alexandra and Josh) older daughter, Tilly, is extremely intelligent but also impulsive and violent.  She’s diagnosed with a form of autism but even those trained to work with children like her struggle to help her so Tilly is kicked out of school after school.  At her wit’s end, Alexandra turns to the teachings of Scott Bean and begins emailing him.  When he starts Camp Harmony – a new community away from the modern world where families can learn to cope with special needs children – the Hammonds decide to sell everything and join Bean in this new, idealistic world.  Things don’t go exactly as they planned, though.

I read HARMONY by Carolyn Parkhurst several months ago and recently realized I never wrote anything about it.  If it had been another book, I might have just skipped it but I really enjoyed this one.  There’s just enough tension to propel the story along and I was completely engaged from beginning to end.

The Hammonds know Tilly is a remarkable child with a lot to offer and are frustrated that the world only sees her for her special needs.  Like everyone else, they struggle with what to do during her difficult moments and want to learn how to cope.  I think many families will relate to their struggles and also think others will get a better idea of the challenges families like theirs go through day in and day out.

The story is told from three different points of view – Iris, the Hammonds’ younger daughter carries the bulk of the load and Alexandra and Tilly chime in from time to time.  It was the perfect way to tell the story because readers are able to see how Tilly’s needs affect the whole family.

I listened to the audio version of HARMONY which is narrated by Abigail Revasch, Jorjeane Marie, and Cassandra Campbell.  To be honest, seeing that list of narrators is part of what made me select the book and they did not let me down – they all did a terrific job.

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19 Comments leave one →
  1. October 27, 2016 7:01 am

    I’d choose audio after seeing that list of narrators, too! Glad you decided to write a review even though it’s been a while… I’m adding this to my audio list.

  2. October 27, 2016 7:07 am

    I thought I had read something by this author, but I was confusing her with someone else. This one sounds like a winner, so I’m adding the audio to my list. (I love it when there are several talented readers!)

  3. October 27, 2016 7:57 am

    Adding it to my audible wish list now!

  4. October 27, 2016 8:04 am

    It sounds really interesting!

  5. October 27, 2016 8:23 am

    This book sounds great. I have a copy sitting on my TBR pile – I need to read it sooner rather than later it seems. Great review!

  6. October 27, 2016 8:51 am

    I have been seeing this one around and plan to read it at some point! Maybe I will do the audio.

  7. October 27, 2016 9:48 am

    I hadn’t heard of this one before. Glad you went back to write a review of it. Thanks for the recommendation.

  8. October 27, 2016 9:58 am

    My wife is a speech and language therapist in the public schools. Many of the kids on her caseload are on the spectrum. It’s a tough job for educators as well as family members. This looks pretty right on.

  9. October 27, 2016 10:53 am

    I have enjoyed other books by this author, so I’ve been eyeing this one…and then it slipped my mind, too. So glad to add it to my list now! Thanks for sharing.

  10. October 27, 2016 1:16 pm

    I read this but didn’t write a review. I enjoyed the book but Tilly’s explicit sexual outburts were a bit to much for me. Also, I thought the book ended too abruptly.

  11. October 27, 2016 3:34 pm

    Kathy, this does sound very readable, or listenable. I am interested in this book. Wonderful review!

  12. October 27, 2016 4:03 pm

    Those narrators would get me to listen too!

  13. October 27, 2016 4:13 pm

    I have yet to try an audio with many narrators

  14. Patty permalink
    October 27, 2016 5:48 pm

    I am waiting for this one on Overdrive!

  15. October 27, 2016 6:20 pm

    Sounds like a good one! I have this audio too and need to make time to read it soon. Jorjeana Marie is one of my fave narrators.

  16. Diane permalink
    October 28, 2016 6:59 am

    Great review Kathy. I started the audio but had to return it before I was done so picked up print edition. I liked it too.

  17. Beth F permalink
    October 29, 2016 7:35 am

    It was a really good audio, wasn’t it. I really liked the three perspectives too.

  18. October 31, 2016 12:38 pm

    I remember liking Lost and Found by this author, and wondered if this one might be worth picking up. Sounds like it is.

  19. bookingmama permalink
    November 1, 2016 6:58 am

    OMG! I just realized that I forgot to review this one too!!!

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