OMG...I am still thinking about this book...I cried no less than four times at four separate characters as I read this yesterday. I loved every single word of this book even though character Annabelle with her made up words was highly irritating. Talullah...loved her humor and charm and even her pain. Her mother named her dresses! Her father was so patient. This book was so charming and sad and funny and heartbreaking and uplifting! It took me by surprise...I didn't expect it to be so lovely...so breathtakingly lovely. Even Barney The Dog was enchanting...in a grossly spitty/drooly kind of way. At this point in my life I can not imagine a book I loved more than this one...sigh!