This was a long book and took a little while to get into but it was a good one. The story is set in Afghanistan and tells of the bonds we have as family. A brother and a sister without a mother are separated and live their lives with an absence. A child who lives with a mother who looks to her daughter to fill the holes of loss in her life. A daughter whose father holds tightly to her, afraid of losing what is most precious. One event is tied to the others. Ones loss is a whole generations loss. "But, sometimes, it is only after you have lived that you recognize your life had a purpose, and likely one you never had in mind." We all have these great plans of what our lives will look like but really it is only when we surrender those plans to God will the greatest plans take place. "I learned that the world didn't see the inside of you, that it didn't care a whit about the hopes and dreams, and sorrows, that lay masked by skin and bone." The world can be a cruel place, judging on only the outward, but then we miss the amazing beauty of the soul.