Book Of The Day – An Uncommon Family

by Greg on August 10, 2011

Today’s Book Of The Day is a Drama with a perfect ranking. An Uncommon Family (Family Portrait) by Christa Polkinhorn has a 5.0 star rating and costs only $2.99. When this book was featured here at ENT a few weeks ago the readers loved it and it has received even more 5 star reviews since then. Make sure to check this one out!

“AN UNCOMMON FAMILY is a beautiful, restful, deeply satisfying novel about good people.” Lindsay – Amazon Reviewer

An Uncommon Family (Family Portrait)
by Christa Polkinhorn
Rating: 5.0 Stars
Category: Drama
Price: $2.99
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A chance meeting between a middle-aged woman, a widower, and a semi-orphaned child in the city of Zurich, Switzerland, brings together three people who grapple with a past of loss and betrayal. Six-year-old Karla, whose mother died in a car crash, has a hard time accepting the loss. Anna, her aunt and guardian, struggles with her former husband’s deception and her shattered confidence in men, and Jonas, artist and teacher, mourns the death of his wife.

While trying to help Karla, a talented but troubled child, Anna and Jonas develop feelings for each other that go beyond friendship. The budding romance, however, hits a snag when Anna discovers a sinister secret in Jonas’s past. While the two adults have come to an impasse, young Karla takes matters into her own hands. Together with a friend, she develops a plan to bring the two uncooperative adults back together. The plan, however, creates havoc and as it begins to unravel, Karla is forced to learn some difficult lessons.

An Uncommon Family is a story about loss, lies, and betrayal but also about the healing power of love and forgiveness. It takes place in Switzerland, New York City, and Guadalajara, Mexico.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

This is an inspiring story of facing the past and overcoming fear in order to open your heart to possibilities. Touches on all the hardships and joys of life and romance and family relationships, with real characters and beautiful descriptions. I love Christa’s writing and can’t wait to read more about these characters.


“An Uncommon Family” is a feel-good story that was a pleasure to read. I very much look forward to reading “Love of a Stonemason” so that I can find out what happened to Karla when after she grew up. I know I’m in for a treat!


Christa Polkinhorn has insight into relationships of all kinds — what happens in this novel feels real. She also has the soul of an artist; her painterly descriptions and insight into art are among the novel’s incidental pleasures.

Get An Uncommon Family here: An Uncommon Family (Family Portrait)

About The Author

Christa Polkinhorn, originally from Switzerland, lives and works as writer and translator in Santa Monica, California. She divides her time between the United States and Switzerland and has strong ties to both countries. The tension and excitement this “double life” creates informs her work. Among her many interests, aside from writing, are traveling, studying foreign languages and cultures, drawing and painting, meeting people and forming friendships.

Polkinhorn has published two novels, “An Uncommon Family,” “Love of a Stonemason,” a collection of poems “Path of Fire” as well as poems in various poetry magazines.

Thank you for considering today’s Book Of The Day – Christa Polkinhorn and ENT appreciate it.

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