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Catherine Wheels

3.11 of 5 stars 3.11  ·  rating details  ·  35 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Thomas’s carefully built life has been shattered. Everywhere he turns, he finds tragedy. After being left at the altar, he retreats to a remote castle in the mountains of Northwest Montana to live with an old college friend dying of lupus. But their painfully peaceful seclusion is ripped apart by the news that Thomas’s brother, an Episcopal priest, has killed himself–and h ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 20th 2005 by WaterBrook Press
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Sophia
I read this book over the course a few months whenever I was bored at work.

My conclusion: This book is dumb. I give it one star for nice writing and one start for lovely imagery. This is like "Eat Pray Love": Rich people who loaf around without responsibilities, conflict, or boredom when their feelings get hurt. The characters and situations are unrealistic. The "healing" that took place was poorly done, it wasn't really clear what supposed to be healing, and the "solution" to his grief over an
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Antof9
I have no idea what to write about this book. What's interesting to me is that I really had a hard time putting it down, but I didn't actually like it very much. I just truly don't know what to think about it. Or rather, I have a lot of thoughts on it, and they are all very disjointed. Maybe a list would help. In no particular order:

1. Usually when you have something like the 9-year-old in this book, at some point in the story, the strange repository of knowledge or ability to tell the future is
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Hannah
Hmmm... ummm...

'Nuff said.

ps - I'm sorry, those of you who were looking for a "real" review of this book will have to look elsewhere. I couldn't drag through to the ending. It might be an awesome read in somebody's opinion - but to me... well, it just wasn't my cup of tea.

Disconnected and strange in many ways, I liked the general idea of a getaway in the mountains of Montana and a deserted resort in the Caribbean. But the author didn't tie the two disconnected fragments of the main character's
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Diane
Wavered here between 3 & 4 stars - the MGM ending was a bit of a letdown, wrapping it all up in a neat useless tape-on bow. Wish he'd left out the last few paragraphs. But up until then I was enjoying what turned out to be a kind of ghost story, set in a very unlikely castle in Montana and a run-down private resort in the Caribbean. It opens with a jilting at the altar, a sudden unexpected death and a suicide, all within the first few pages. But it gets better from there as the narrator goes ...more
Sheri
Thomas has just lost a brother to suicide and is spending time with his best friend Perry who is dying. His sister-in-law leaves him with his 7 year old niece and he doesn't know when and if she is coming back. Sounds a bit much but well written and there is a spiritual aspect to the book that makes this book very interesting and worthwhile, I think.


Wendi
Jun 11, 2009 Wendi marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't bring myself to finish this one. Well, I wanted to just because I hate not finishing a book, but Jason convinced me to put it down. Not well written, plus a few passing comments by characters that I thought were racist, and the narrative use of the word "tinkling," completely without irony.
Robin
I really didn't care for this book at ALL... dragged on, no point. Lots of Catholic imagery. Not your standard Christian book. Disappointing.
Linda
A nice read to take you away for the day
Elaine
Apr 28, 2009 Elaine marked it as to-read
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