I won a free copy of this books through a First Reads giveaway. Like most of the books I win, I started this book with some trepidation that I would not like it and either not finish it, or be forced to write a negative review which I honestly hate doing.
As it turns out though, The Almond Tree was the best book I have read so far this year. I have actually read a lot of good books this year...and a handful of really great books...but I think this is the first time I finished a book and could safely say that this was going to be my top read for the year...even when the end of the year is still four months away. In fact, I won't be surprised if this book somehow makes my ultimate book list when I'm 90.
If you couldn't already tell, I really really loved this book. More than that though, The Almond Tree was probably the most powerful book I have read.