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Summary

Elijah, seven years old, is covered in scars and has a history of disruptive behaviour. His adoptive mother Nikki believes that she and her husband Obi are strong enough to accept his difficulties - and that being white will not affect her ability to raise a black son.

Elijah's birth mother Deborah loves her son like the world has never known. Elijah thinks it's his fault they can't be together. Each of them faces more challenges than they could have dreamed, but just as Elijah starts to settle in, a shocking event rocks their fragile peace and the result is devastating.

From the Costa Prize-winning author of Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, this wonderful new novel is read by Adjoa Andoh, the award-winning voice of novels by Dorothy Koomson and Alexander McCall Smith.

©2013 Christie Watson (P)2013 WF Howes Ltd

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"Funny, heartbreaking and utterly real: the characters lodge in your imagination long after you finish the book" (Costa Award judging panel on Tiny Sunbirds Far Away)

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BRILLIANT!!!!

I loved the story from beginning to end. Could not put it down. The characters were so believable. it was thought provoking and told the story from so many angles. The narrator was brilliant. I hope the story helps to challenge our thinking surrounding mental health and how culture and tradition shapes our belief system. Thank you Christie and Adjoa.

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Exceptional story...very bravely taken on.

this story is emotional throughout but extremely well written and read...excellent ....it should be film.

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Captivating Story!

It was Adjoa Andoh's narration of my other audible books - Purple Hibiscus, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, etc. that made me aware of this book. Spirituality, and the common issue of people being termed 'witches' and 'wizards' felt very real being a Nigerian.

I thoroughly enjoyed Adjoa's narration and Christie Watson didn't fail to disappoint after capturing my heart with her Tiny Sunbirds Far Away.

Elijah's moving story touched me.

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What an amazing story

I can't put into words how I feel after finishing this book. Christie Watson has done it again. Such brilliant story telling. Ritualistic abuse is a new topic to me but very intriguing.

The story has lived in my head. Adjoa performed beautifully as always. I have bought books solely because she narrated them.

Please buy this book, you will be taken on a journey.

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A powerful and painful story about love and trauma

As someone who works with adoptive families, I found the language used and processes described were evidence that this topic was well researched. The writing & narration enabled all the characters to be multifaceted, tangible, authentic and fallible. listeners may benefit from a trigger warning due to the graphic descriptions of child abuse.

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A good book

A very unique book. Heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time. However, I did think it definitely could have been a few hours shorter as there were parts that were dragging and becoming boring.

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amazing read

loved it from start to finish. Couldn't put it down. Narrator did an amazing job at bringing every character to life!

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sometimes the best stories aren't nice

This is a tragic story but that doesn't mean it isn't worth reading. It's written beautifully and while very harrowing in places gives a non-judgemental voice to the toll mental illness can place on children. It also gives us a glimpse of the fostering and adoption system and how disjointed that world can be. I gave it 4 stars because sometimes the scenarios seemed slightly unrealistic in places. The narration makes up for it however. It's read beautifully and the characters are really brought to life in a way I'm not sure I would have fully appreciated if I was simply reading it.

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Wow

Wow oh wow! This was one of the most beautiful books I have heard in Audible. It is such a beautiful story and delves into mental health in a very delicate yet impactful way. It was also read very beautifully also. I shall be listening to this many times over…

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Amazing

Was completely transfixed by the story of Elijah, his birth mama and his adoptive parents and family. Story was harrowing but beautiful narrated with an ending I wasn’t expecting and left me bereft.
Couldn’t stop listening didn’t want it to end.
Brilliant 👍🏾👍🏾 Loved it.

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  • 23-04-20

Very Difficult but Unstoppable

 "Where Women are Kings" by Christie Watson provided for nonstop listening. Christie Watson writes compassionately about a very difficult subject - mental instability infused with cultural beliefs,  tradition, and subsequent irreconcilable approaches to life's conditions. She tunes finely into the West African experience at home and abroad. We are sincerely grateful for the opportunity to explore the Audible Library, and look forward to our next selections from her writings. 


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Touching story

The book unveils a touching story. Although the writing hasn't kept me fascinated, the storyline is still moving and thrilling.