Usually, I love books in this genre. I know there's so many people who love this book, but I'm just not one of them. I really tried to love it. To me I didn't like the way the author wrote about one set of characters in one paragraph and then would skip to another set in nearly every other paragraph. Also the writing flash backs to the past and then flash forwards to the present character throughout the whole book. It just didn't appeal to me written in this format. Also, there was lots of tasteless foul language, that to me came up in all the wrong places. The only thing I liked about this book was the premise of helping Hannah the elephant and of Sam's love for Hannah. I'm very sorry to say other than that, I couldn't close this book fast enough.
This was a good story that showed the depth of an elephants' relationship with the people who care for her. I was touched by the elephant's struggle and Sam's love for her.
The story takes place in Washington State. Why do many of the people have Southern 'accents', a Southern way of speaking? If you read the biography of the real Hannah, Shirley, you will see that she was at a zoo in Louisiana before being taken to the sanctuary in Tennessee. I guess that is where the Southerness comes from. But it doesn't work in this setting.
Read more information on Shirley and the sanctuary here::: http://www.elephants.com/shirley/shirleystart.htm
This is an uplifting, humanistic novel, about good-hearted, animal loving, quirky, creative people who are survivors. There is not a good versus evil tension, so much as a depiction of how we strive to survive, adapt, and embrace our world, within the limits and expanses of our peronalities and life's curve balls. There is some history regarding the movement to save the elephants. I loved this book!
One of the best love stories I have ever read.If you are an animal lover or just enjoy a beautifully written love story this is a must read.
I read and loved this book and bought an extra copy for my daughter in law.