Book Of The Day – An Uncommon Family

by Greg on July 20, 2011

Today’s Book Of The Day is a Drama with a perfect ranking. An Uncommon Family (Family Portrait) by Christa Polkinhorn has a perfect 5.0 star rating and can be yours for only $2.99! While looking at the reviews, the reviewers had nothing but good things to say about this book so make sure to check it out.

“Christa’s writing is top-notch, and the story will leave the reader wanting more. If you enjoy stories that tug at your emotions and draw you in, AN UNCOMMON FAMILY is for you.” – Neal H. – 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:

Christa’s writing is top-notch, and the story will leave the reader wanting more. If you enjoy stories that tug at your emotions and draw you in, AN UNCOMMON FAMILY is for you. You’ll laugh, be angry, cry, and experience joy throughout the reading of this book. It’s a beautiful, high-quality work from an amazingly talented author.


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.


Christa Polkinhorn has crafted another wonderful and poignant story of love, loss, betrayal and redemption. It is remarkable that she writes so beautifully in a second language. She joins a distinguished and short list that includes Joseph Conrad and Erich Maria Remarque. Highly recommended.

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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1 Lindsay Edmunds July 20, 2011 at 10:46 am

I read and reviewed this novel. It is beautiful.

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