This was a very enjoyable read, with beautiful writing and a wonderful story. It was powerful at times and the author did a fantastic job at creatingThis was a very enjoyable read, with beautiful writing and a wonderful story. It was powerful at times and the author did a fantastic job at creating the character Birdie, who was well fleshed out and developed.
The story has so many elements, it's hard to figure out where to start. It bounced around in time a lot, but it helped the reader understand who Birdie is in the present and how she got where she is. Her journey is horrific at times, and the author did a wonderful job at showing the reader how it affected her life and the other characters around her.
The writing was lovely and lyrical -and pulled me in from the start. The writing style helped highlight all the other elements nicely and I think it worked in bringing the reader into the book on an emotional level. The overall story was well done and raw, but it was incredibly well written and it's a book well worth reading.
The book looked promising and the overall story was a good one, but I didn't connect to this one and I found that I couldn't get into the story or itsThe book looked promising and the overall story was a good one, but I didn't connect to this one and I found that I couldn't get into the story or its characters.
The writing was well done, I will go back to the author, but this particular story didn't capture me. While it had some strong and important moments on the caste system in India and the importance of family and forgiveness, this book didn't capture me at all. I think it was mostly due to the characters, I found them to be a bit dry and lack depth. While they developed through the story - it felt forced to me and very rushed near the end. The overall message of the story also felt rushed and forced at times, especially near the end. In the beginning, the book had promise but something felt off as it progressed on.
Overall, it wasn't a bad read, but just didn't connect with me.
While I liked a few of the characters stories and the end was well done, the book overall wasn't the best of Binchy's books. The characters were dry aWhile I liked a few of the characters stories and the end was well done, the book overall wasn't the best of Binchy's books. The characters were dry and the story didn't feel like it was moving anywhere. Usually her books with the multiple characters narratives come together better. This just didn't connect together as well as books I've read by the author in the past. It felt more like multiple unfinished short stories with a common theme.
The book still had Binchy's usual warm writing style and heart to the story, and I'm sure Binchy fans would enjoy the book, but overall it didn't keep my attention and it didn't make me want to pick up another one of her books. It had its moments, but overall somewhat disappointing.
The Lifted Veil, was a quick read, engrossing at times mainly because of the writing style - it just pulls you in and you don't want to leave the bookThe Lifted Veil, was a quick read, engrossing at times mainly because of the writing style - it just pulls you in and you don't want to leave the book. The story itself was interesting, although I did find it tapered off a bit in the middle and while the ending was well done, it just didn't have the same feel to it as the beginning of the book. It was still an interesting story - especially from the time period it was written and who wrote it. Compared to some of the other books I've read by the author, this one stands out - far more memorable.
The essay, Silly Novels by Lady Novelists was something I wasn't expecting but was very well written. Eliot did not think to highly about some of the women novelists in her time, she was very opinionated on the matter, which I enjoyed and found refreshing. She was definitely a head of the curve during her time. The essay is witty at times, but she is also clear with her opinions. It was a different reading experience for me. . In the end I was surprised on much I enjoyed the essay, as I'm not usually a non-fiction reader - but this one was well done and well worth reading.
This was one of those books that sat on the shelf for a long time, but was such a fantastic read - you wonder why it sat there for so long. It was anThis was one of those books that sat on the shelf for a long time, but was such a fantastic read - you wonder why it sat there for so long. It was an incredible book, with lovely almost poetic writing and excellent, well developed characters.
There was so much to this book I enjoyed, it's hard to know where to start. The writing was wonderful, I am looking forward to getting my hands on another book by the author. It was poetic, lyrical at times and it really captured the atmosphere and life in Newfoundland and the mood of the characters. It was a book that was hard to put down, because the writing drew you into the story.
As for the characters, while I don't have that one favourite character I could say I fell in love with, I did enjoy Quoyle. He was a bit of a wreck at times, a bit lost on how to live his life, but his journey and development was fleshed out and realistic. The story of Quoyle was slow but a good and engaging slow. I liked that the author took her time to explore his and the other characters stories and development - it made for a wonderful read.
There were a few minor things here and there I didn't like but overall I enjoyed the book a lot - it's a book that is well worth reading - and one well worth reading right away - especially over a weekend, instead of leaving it on the shelf for years. Excellent book overall.
I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. I bought the series for my step-daughter, and since I wanted something to read and it was the fI enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. I bought the series for my step-daughter, and since I wanted something to read and it was the first book in the room I saw, I gave it try. While I didn't love the book, I did get into the whole selection event. It's like the bachelor, with slightly less "drama".
It was a fun read, and I really liked the whole caste system, it was really interesting and I hope that's explored more in the other books - the author did a good job there. The characters were done well, although I didn't connect with any of them nor do I have a favourite character - or one I could say I particularly like more than the others - I still enjoyed the book.
While it's predictable - and clear who will win in the end - it was a fun read, I think the young adult crowd would enjoy it far more than me. Overall, it wasn't a bad read - I will probably finish the series at some point, but won't be rushing to it any time soon.
This was another book that I enjoyed a lot more than I thought I did - in fact I pretty much read this book straight through the weekend to finish it This was another book that I enjoyed a lot more than I thought I did - in fact I pretty much read this book straight through the weekend to finish it. While it's not a book that will make my top reads - it was still a sweet, enjoyable read.
I can't say that there was any one character that stood out for me. They were all pretty much on the same page, but they were fairly well written and they came together well enough, their development was fine as well and that part was well written, but there was nothing extraordinary about any character that stood out for me. The story itself was what hooked me. And while, yes the story is a little bit cliché, I still enjoyed how Taylor and Denise came together and fell in love, the little pieces here and there just made for a good read.
Overall, it was a good read - well worth reading. Something that is a little different than what I usually read but I'm glad I did.
The book was basically a carbon copy of the movie, but there was a little more depth to in, because the author was able to get into the characters in The book was basically a carbon copy of the movie, but there was a little more depth to in, because the author was able to get into the characters inner thoughts and show the reader more of an emotional depth for each character. Also, there was a few extra scenes in the book that weren't in the movie that really added something to the story - one of which will make the most hardcore Star Wars fans very happy, as that scene was absent from the movie.
For the most part, I enjoyed it - I liked that some of the missing bits of the movie connected things together and made the story come together a lot better. Some aspects that were different from the movie - even the most minor differences I understood why that was changed but there were more times than not that the book just connected everything together.
I wasn't a fan of the overall writing style of the book. It was fine but I found it to be repetitive, the word instrumentation was over used far too much and it began to get frustrating when reading the book. Otherwise it was a good companion read to the movie and overall fun book to read in general.