Inspirational and beautiful! This novel shows what unconditional love truly means.
The writing is competent and the relationships ring true, except for one character who seems a bit too good to be true. The real value of this novel is to explain the emotional wallop a special-needs diagnosis for a child has on his/her parents. Ms. Leimbach has done a stunning job of conveying the emotional impact of discovering you have an autistic child, the subsequent feelings of isolation, and the parents' need to educate themselves in order to advocate for their child. I look forward to future novels from this author.
Leimbach is a gifted writer and the first chapters of Daniel Isn't Talking are excellent. She really captures the mother's despair and resulting depression.
Unfortunately as the book progresses, all of the characters prove to be stereotypical: the ultra-reserved British family, the husband in deep denial, the cold doctors who say the child will never progress.
Daniel Isn't Talking is well-meaning, but extremely unrealistic.
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