This was fun, light, read about the creation Jackie Kennedy's iconic "American Made" Chanel suit that she enjoyed wearing, that Jack Kennedy liked seeThis was fun, light, read about the creation Jackie Kennedy's iconic "American Made" Chanel suit that she enjoyed wearing, that Jack Kennedy liked seeing her wear and that she was wearing on that awful, fateful, day in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963.
The author did quite a bit research in the writing of this book (as she details at the end of the book) and becuase it there is a lot of solid information about couture sewing, the process of making an "American Made" Chanel suit...yes, it is possible and the book tells how they do it! As a person of Irish descent I appreciated the very true-to-life details about the experiences of the Irish community of Inwood,, New York.
I found quite a lot to like about this book. Some of the characters felt just a bit flat for me and I am not sure why...I did engage with the main seamstress, Kate...while my feelings about her Irish butcher love interest, Patrick, were somewhat ambivalent. I found the owners of the American couture house "Chez Ninon" (where Kate works) to be a bit shallow and somehat unblieveable - although I suspect that they were more the norm of that milieu than not. Although Kates's Da - who remained on th Island (Ireland) was a merely incidental character with few mentions I actually felt more about him than some of the main characters. Go figure!
I thoroughly enjoyed some of the insider bits of knowledge about the the couture sewing environment and the book successfully made the story about the making of the suit rather than the about the last time it was worn...that is laudable for such an iconic piece of clothing.
This is light, quick, read that people who have even a slight interest in apparel sewing will enjoy - as will those who need/want a quick "palette cleanser' of a book between more ponderpus reads, who anyone who enjoys a well turned light read. This would be a great vacation, beach, cruise, staycation kind of book!...more
Every time I see a new Clive Cussler on the shelf at the library I hesitate...thinking that it just couldn't be another good one.
Well, that is exactlyEvery time I see a new Clive Cussler on the shelf at the library I hesitate...thinking that it just couldn't be another good one.
Well, that is exactly what I did with this book. but I am glad that I picked it up! This proves to me that Clive Cussler (et al) can still come up with riocking good plots that deature unexpected twists and turns. While the plot may be a bit predictable - and you may think that you know "where this is going" - you may be wrong!
Location Guadalcanal (who vacations there?). Local legends of giantd and an area that has bad juju. Diving to find ancient ruins, battling man eating crocs and humans who like to slash tires. . A nice doctor who needs money for her clinics that service the poor, a questionalble member of Parliment and a truculent Sheriff. Legends about the Japanese occupation during WW II and a shadowey Japanese military man who also had an advanced science degree. Mobs that roust and burn, creating an isladn wide panic. My gosh this book has a lot if possible sub-plots!
This is a rollicking good read that sports all of the ingredients of good thriller. Yep! I will pull the next Clive Cussler from the shelf and give it a read. ...more
I am most likely the last person on the planet to read this memorable book. When it came out, for some reason, I was steadfastly not interested. PerhaI am most likely the last person on the planet to read this memorable book. When it came out, for some reason, I was steadfastly not interested. Perhaps it was becuase I was ignorant about the importance of the history of the Belgian Congo and did not think that I would be interested. I may also have been a put off but the style---the story is told through different 'voices'.
At any rate, I should have read it sooner because it is a brilliant, moving read that opened my eyes and me thrirst for to read more non-fiction about the times. Books that do that are my favorites. They affect me far beyond the point when I close the cover on the last pages of the book.
This book has been reviewed so much that I bet most everypne knows the plot by now. A missionary family arrives in the Congo to spread the good word. Tey are thoroughly unprepared for the realities of life in the Congo- knowing nothing about the language, the customs, the people, climate, food .... the father arri8ves thumping hos Boble ready to baptize children in a river that the inhabitants believe eats their children. The pastors's wife is a submissive woman and their four daughters tend to follow suit in an attempt to keep the peace. Each has a decidedly different voice and point of view.
I will admit that at first I was a bit put off by the daughters ;voices' as the vehicle for the story. It took e abit to get into the flow and to appreciate their individuality. It felt a bit dis-jointed to me for a bit (as I imagione such an experience would be in reality). Ultimately I did be3come engrossed in their tales of life in this remote village. This is raw book in the telling. It is the story of upheaval, the death of the colonial way of life that could, at times and for some people, be a bit decadent. It is the story of a country that is in the process of "becoming" with all of the blood and gore and triumph that oftens goes along with that.
Many more intellectual readers have reviewed the book and done it better...but I found this to be a very moving read that opened my eyes and has held my inteest far beyond the last page....more
Many reviewers have already written in depth reviews of this excellent book and I am not sure that I can add any more details. I have to admit that whMany reviewers have already written in depth reviews of this excellent book and I am not sure that I can add any more details. I have to admit that when I first received this book from the library I did not get too far before I had to return it. For me, reading a book , especially non-fiction, needs to be done at the "right time". It doesn't mean that the book is not good, but rather that I am not yet ready to read it. This time - as soon as I began to read I was transported to the turn of the 20th century.
Erik Larson is a master at bringing a story to life with detail and precision. In this book we learn about the sinking of the Lusitania, but also about so much more. It is the story of the times. Woodrow Wilson reeling with sorrow over the death of his wife, at times barely funtioning, and, later, falling deeply in love again. He did not want the United States to be embrolied in this war. German U-Boat Captains whose glory was measured not in honor but in tonnage destroyed. Great Britain mired in details that they were unable to acknowledge or share. Did they plot to have the United States join in the war? I have been a fan of this writer for some time and this book did not disappoint. Poignant details about the lives of some of the passengers - from all walks of life - are richly detailed. Their back-stories are brought to life again.
This is deeply engrossing and deeply satisfying book. I learned a lot about not only the Lusitania, but moreso about the history that precipitated World War I. I am so glad that I waited for the time to right for me to read this book!...more
The fact that I just keep reading this series says something about the books...I enjoy them! Escapist light fiction that keeps your interest. Yes, I tThe fact that I just keep reading this series says something about the books...I enjoy them! Escapist light fiction that keeps your interest. Yes, I think that some of the homey domesticity is a bit far- fetched given the harsh realities of the time and I could do with bit less lovey covey sex, but all in all I am thoroughly enjoying this series. Much of the historical setting is very believable and it helps provide a feel for the happiness that might have been possible for the first settlers of Maryland.
I am half way through the next book in this series and expect that I will keep reading...these books are like chips...you can't read just one....although they can be read as stand alone books too....more
In some series, the sequels lose strength. Anna Belfrage and the Graham series does the opposite....it gets better and better! I had not planned to reIn some series, the sequels lose strength. Anna Belfrage and the Graham series does the opposite....it gets better and better! I had not planned to read the entire series, but now I am hooked and have to keep going! The characters are becoming even more well portrayed, the historical basis becomes more and more riveting...excellent !...more
A comparison to "Outlander", mentioned by several reviwers here on GoodReads, cannot be helped. Given that both are romantic time-slip novels in whichA comparison to "Outlander", mentioned by several reviwers here on GoodReads, cannot be helped. Given that both are romantic time-slip novels in which the time that is "slipped to" in both books is Scotland. What is wiyth those darn kilted men that attracts?! Beyond those similarities,though, for me., the books are vastly different. The prose in Outlander is somehwat more lyrical while in Rip In The Veil the prose is more of what I think people (given the time slip circumstances) would sound like. The 'slipee' would, I think, bring with her the cadence and language that she is used to speaking - invectives and curses included.
I found this to be an entertaining read...it has all of the elements that entertain for me...a good dose of "what if..", some romantic flair, a strong female heroine who matches her love interest in intelligence, cunning and strength and enough plot intrigue to keep me turning the pages. I should, perhaps, admit to being an avid fan of time-slip books. I like to think that however remote the possibility- holes in the time-space continuum might exist- lay lines, black holes, quantum physics --- who really knows what is possible. A parallel universe does not seem all that far-fetched to me and so I lap up entertaining time-slips like a cat does a wee bowl of milk.
Ms. Belfrage writes a blog (concentrating on history) that I always enjoy reading and her books follow her casual blogging style. "Rip In The Veil" has good guys and villans, romance, mystery and time slip dilemmas. I enjoyed this book and have moved on to the second in the Graham saga, "Like Chaff In The Wind". I should mention that I love family sagas too (Cynthia Harrod-Eagles Moreland Dynasty books are favorites) so I expect that also sways my opinion a bit....that is I like them until the reach modern times when my interst vanishes (Ken Follet's "Fall of Giants" left me cool while his earlier books in the series thrilled me).
I read this book on the heels of a serious non-fiction book about WWII - so it was the perfect counter-point for me. Playful and light. Perfect. I am enjoying the Graham fmily saga a lot...so back to "Like Chaff In The Wind"......more