In "The Mouseproof Kitchen," by Saira Shah, Anna and Tobias are expecting a baby and making plans to find a lovely chateau in France where Anna can pursue her career as a French chef and Tobias can continue his passion of composing music for several venues.
Early labor brings on all kinds of problems, especially when the baby's heartbeat stops and an emergency cesarean section must be performed.
Mother and daughter come through it all and although the little one has odd looking eyes and she's neither crying or moving, the fact she's breathing is encouraging.
That joy is short lived as little Freya goes into a full-blown seizure. Nurses and doctors take over this tiny newborn and once the seizure is over, an MRI reveals a brain with many abnormalities.
Tobias tries to talk Anna into just leaving the child and going to France to fulfill their dreams.
When Anna feels Freya respond when a drop of breast milk is placed on her lips, she knows in her heart she can not leave this child.
So off they go to France, trusting that a friend has found them a great new home in their price range.
Unfortunately they arrive at an old home - practically falling down.
As they make their way inside, it appears every visible surface is covered in mouse droppings.
Thus begins a never ending battle to keep their home livable and clean. It becomes an unending job to stop the mice from eating through everything.
While harvesting fresh fruit, she finally finds the canning jars can't be invaded by the mice.
Caring for her helpless little girl is a full-time task as well as the difficulty feeding her to dealing with her frequent "fits."
Receiving very little help from her husband or the ditzy babysitter, Anna has a meltdown and takes up with one of the many eccentric characters in and out of their lives.
Tobias finally becomes the father he should be and together they are determined to keep this precious daughter as long as God allows.
This story was very inspiring in many ways.