The Dutch House, by Anne Patchett, was such an interesting story about a house and how it draws people back to it. It’s not all about the house of course, the main character, Danny is an interesting dry young man (whom we see grow into adulthood) I found very likable. His sister is my spirit animal, Maeve. She’s spunky, to the point, and hard to say no to. This book is very character-driven. Each human touched me in a relatable way, even those I despised. This was my first audio book and it was narrated by the fabulous Tom Hanks. The bar for audio books has been set high! He did such an amazing job, his voice so easy to listen too, and the way he switches from one person to the next is on point. I truly loved this book, even if it were slow at times it mesmerized me with its rich characters and well-developed descriptions.
I was so inspired, I had to order a red coat from Amazon to go along with the cover. Pay no attention to the dog butt in the picture. He just wouldn’t leave and my eight-year-old son (also my photographer) thought it was pretty entertaining.