I adore this series that began with At Home in Mitford. It is so refreshing to read a book filled with good-hearted decent people just living their liI adore this series that began with At Home in Mitford. It is so refreshing to read a book filled with good-hearted decent people just living their lives. This one concentrates on the marriage of Dooley and Lace. ...more
Nicholas Sparks is my guilty pleasure. I really liked this book. Didn't want to put it down although I could see the end coming. Just a quick, easy, fNicholas Sparks is my guilty pleasure. I really liked this book. Didn't want to put it down although I could see the end coming. Just a quick, easy, feel good read- well and of course, sad, sad, sad... They will probably make a movie out of this one....more
Pastoral England is the setting for this delightful interlude with 68 year old Major Pettigrew as romance is sparked, kindled, and nurtured with the lPastoral England is the setting for this delightful interlude with 68 year old Major Pettigrew as romance is sparked, kindled, and nurtured with the lovely Pakistani shopkeeper, Mrs. Ali, ten years his junior. Age, however, is not the issue of contention among family, friends, and neighbors who pride themselves in social mores and decorum. So many themes in this story- agelessness of love, aging parenthood, adult children, duty to tradition and culture, material objects and social status. This book has a supressed sense of humor that I adored and found charming. I didn't want to finish the book because I enjoyed spending time with the characters so very much. Literature at it's finest. I highly recommend. ...more
There is something about the way Nicholas Sparks writes that is just refreshing. His are the perfect books to curl up with in bed and make you feel liThere is something about the way Nicholas Sparks writes that is just refreshing. His are the perfect books to curl up with in bed and make you feel like you have a new best friend. SAFE HAVEN is about a young woman, Katie, who arrives in a small town, obviously running away from something in her past. She meets her neighbor, Jo, and also the local store owner and his two small children. How their lives are interwoven and Katie's past is revealed make for a grab a hankie page turner. ...more
Picoult's first novel was a rollercoaster of descriptive disaster and literary brilliance. I tried to read this a couple of years ago and just couldn'Picoult's first novel was a rollercoaster of descriptive disaster and literary brilliance. I tried to read this a couple of years ago and just couldn't get into it.
I really hate books with different voices (this book has 5) that are not in chronological order. I hate having to wonder where I am at in the time line.
The characters embark on a trek across country. On their way they come "up US 89 until they see the Salt Flats." Then they spend some time at the Great Salt Lake, where the sand blows across the road, people are on inner tubes in the lake and the characters dive in and swim around in the lake. Obviously Picoult has never been there. I can assure you that NO ONE dives in the GSL. No one goes in more than ankle deep if they can help it. And you can't get there on US 89. The sand is crusted in salt and it doesn't blow. The wind blows HARD, but there is no sand.... Also the only people her characters meet are a Polygamous doctor and his 3 wives. Really?
So what else can I trust that she has written is accurate?
But the storyline is ok. Gratefully Picoult has proven that she becomes a better writer in time....more
I am so glad that I saw this movie (TWICE) before I read the book. I give the movie 5 stars. The book was a little confusing and I just didn't like thI am so glad that I saw this movie (TWICE) before I read the book. I give the movie 5 stars. The book was a little confusing and I just didn't like the characters. He was a man full of self-pity with low or no morals who didn't sound particularly hunky. She was a desperate, overly romantic and overly patient "heroine." The parts that the movie left out were the parts that I really hated. But I give it 4 stars for its originality and the fact that I couldn't put it down. Too much graphic sex for my tastes....more
I chose this book after seeing the review in the TRIBUNE. I was expecting a simple 19th century mail order bride tale. I went into this book not knowiI chose this book after seeing the review in the TRIBUNE. I was expecting a simple 19th century mail order bride tale. I went into this book not knowing ANYTHING other than that. And it is that- and SO much more. I hate spoilers so very vaguely- this book is beautifully written BUT it has lots of passionate, lustful sexuality. It is what drives the characters. The story is strangely intense, powerful, yet the plot is very simple. I hated the characters. All of them. Awful people who prey on each other- and I couldn't get enough of it. I felt sorry for them and felt like they were getting what they deserved for the most part. I loved the setting of 1909 winter in Wisconsin that was in itself a very important setting. The book was addicting- as addiciting as the drugs and sex that drive the characters. An R rated book... but a good one! ...more
I have been yearning to reread some of my favorites and see if I feel the same way about them- to see if they pass the test of time. I read this bookI have been yearning to reread some of my favorites and see if I feel the same way about them- to see if they pass the test of time. I read this book for the first time when it was published in 1992 and it flew immediately to the top of my favorites list. I don't generally like romantic novels but at the time I found this one wildly erotic, original and found I could relate to Francesca's familial devotion even though Robert Kinkaid remained a huge part of her life and left "dust on her heart." I was disappointed in the movie, especially the casting of Streep and Eastwood. The second time I saw the movie I enjoyed it a little more. Last night I picked this book up again. After hearing so much negativity about it, I was curious to see if I still loved it. First of all, this is a story about a married woman who has an affair with a man she barely knows. That in itself is reason to discard the book. BUT, as I have aged, and I am now at the age that Robert Kinkaid was when he met Francesca, I find their love story more relatable. I am not saying more FORGIVEABLE-. I did not find the writing itself as magical as I originally did. There were parts that I thought were genius, but there were more parts that were poetic, but out of place, making Kinkaid seem ultra human. The whole "Dimension Z" and "Highway and the Peregrine" were just over the top and I did not find them enjoyable in any sense or feel that they added to the story or characterizations. I loved the love story. I loved the choices Francesca made all except one- telling her adult children after her death and their easy embracing of that knowledge. I THINK I hate that part of her story. I think the whole thing would have ended better if, upon her discovery of Robert's death, she destroyed all her personal reminders of the adulterousness of their relationship- keep the magazines, destroy the journals... It would have made more intrigue upon her death and left her family sacrifice intact. Although her children always knew something was different about their mother after that trip when she was left home alone, the question remains, was it kinder to tell them the truth or leave the mystery? I am leaving this at 5 stars because of the impact it has had on the past 20 years of my literary and personal life BUT if I had read it for the first time just now I think I would give it 4 stars....more