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Reviewed by Robin Goodfellow for Readers' Favorite
Crow Girl by JB Trepagnier is a story about an elderly man struggling to help a young woman in need, and illustrates what it means to be a family. Liam Collins had recently been fired from his job at a newspaper. After finding a young woman hiding in his garden, and subsequently shooting at her, he takes her to a hospital. Despite the nurse Greta’s warnings, he decides to take her in and teach her how to talk, to not be afraid, to understand the environment around her. Little does he know, both he and the mysterious woman he named Einin slowly begin to learn from one another, and understand what it truly means to be human. In this heartwarming story, Trepagnier explores the bond that develops between two unlikely individuals, both of whom realize that there’s more to life than what they knew.
I loved seeing the relationship between Liam and Einin. You have a man who takes in a strange woman, a woman that hasn’t been in human society in decades, and you have a frightened creature who doesn’t understand a word anyone’s saying. Even so, they both managed to overcome the barriers, and become family, despite everything that’s happened. What’s more encouraging is the support they get along the way, from Greta with her strong, sharp disposition, to her son, who offered Einin an opportunity at financial independence.
Needless to say, I was a bit shocked when I learned that Einin was around thirty years old, and am that much more surprised with the progress she’d made. It shows that there is something truly wonderful inside people, something that neither science nor religion can grasp. What's more, the book showed the timeless themes of family and love in a way that made the story heartwarming. Not only that, but its analysis of developmental delay was also something I took an interest in. While I couldn’t help but disagree with the miraculously rapid progress Einin was making, I was happy nonetheless. As such, I would recommend it to those who enjoyed Jessie’s Song by Jeremy Williamson and My Ladybird Story by Magus Tor.