I was prepared to love this book. I'd read so many great reviews of it and I picked it up with great anticipation for the greI liked this book, but...
I was prepared to love this book. I'd read so many great reviews of it and I picked it up with great anticipation for the great read I was about to enjoy. Unfortunately, I think I might've been generous by giving it 3 stars. and, frankly, the only reason I gave this book 3 stars instead of 2 was because I loved the first 1/3-1/2 of this books so much. The rest of the book was truly disappointing.
The first part of the book was really well done and truly believable. If the book had stopped at the half-way point, I likely would've rated it 4-5 stars. I found the story of Aminata and her kidnapping from her home in Africa truly compelling and heartbreaking. Mostly I found it thoroughly believable. My heart ached for her many losses and I totally "bought" the entire story of her travels from Africa to South Carolina, her sale into slavery and her pain and suffering. And then the author took a swift right turn and Aminata began the most fantastic journey and the author entirely lost my "belief."
There were so many parts of this book that were so completely improbable that the author lost me. First, even if I bought the idea that Aminata learned to read, I simply could not believe the many miraculous events that transpired in her life. First that she lost and found her husband no fewer than three times, that she discovered the details of the sale of her son, that she was saved at the last minute by her owner who "freed" her at the most convenient moment, that she was always in the right place at the right time to have such fantastic travels, that she even had the opportunity to make it back to her homeland...I could go on and on.
Again, I loved the first part of this book up until she was sold to the Jewish Lindo. Pretty much everything after that totally lost me because the story was too incredible to be believable....more
I think this book would be a great read for the right personality. Unfortunately, it wasn't a good read for my personality. With that said, though, II think this book would be a great read for the right personality. Unfortunately, it wasn't a good read for my personality. With that said, though, I will say there were a couple of places where a did snigger a little at the absurdity of some of the situations.
The basic premise of this book is a screwball comedy of errors involving a bunch of con artists who descend upon Florida after a major hurricane. There are about 15 different main characters whose stories are all taking place at the same time, and it isn't until nearly the end that all of their paths cross.
I can see where this book would be a great read for the right personality; I almost wish I had that personality because I could see the promise in this book. For the most part, it reminded me of a cross between Raising Arizona and Fargo.
Not a bad read, but not one that was particularly appealing to me. I can think of several friends, however, who would probably enjoy it completely....more
I only read this book because I felt like I should. I'd heard too many people rave about it and then read the reviews on Amazon.com, andAmazing book.
I only read this book because I felt like I should. I'd heard too many people rave about it and then read the reviews on Amazon.com, and felt like I was letting myself down if I didn't give it a try. But, honestly, my expectation level was rather low. Too many times I've read a book that received glowing reviews, only to find them lacking in a major way. Not this time. To say this book was amazing, is simply to understate it.
For 900 pages, you'd think there'd be a lot to this book that could've been cut. Frankly, no. There wasn't a single superfluous character. Every character had a purpose. Every description was beautifully done with just enough information to give you a clear picture without leading the reader to exhaustion with extraneous metaphors.
If I had any disappointments with this book, it's that it didn't end they way I had hoped. While it tied up most ends, there were a few things left undone. And yet, to have the characters complete those unfinished items would've undermined the integrity of the story. Because, at it's core, this book was really all about people and not everyone's life is tied up with neat little bows at the end.
Great book. One of the very few books I'd like to have in my collection to maybe reread at a later date....more
In my not-so-humble opinion, Cathy Lamb may well be one of the best, most creative fiction writers in the last 10 or more years. Her stories are brutaIn my not-so-humble opinion, Cathy Lamb may well be one of the best, most creative fiction writers in the last 10 or more years. Her stories are brutal and honest; and they're heartbreaking at the same time as they are hilarious. She pulls at your heartstrings, while simultaneously tickling your funny bone. Simply stated, her books are like your favorite dessert. You can't wait to dive in and eat every last bite of it, at the same time that you want to savor it slowly to enjoy every last morsel.
I've read all of Cathy Lamb's books and, after each book, I swear that what I just read was my favorite. Until I pick up the next one. Each book is so well-written that it's hard to even declare a favorite. Each book is unique and lovely.
Henry's Sisters has all of the elements I've come love in her books. It contains all of the humor and heartbreak, the characters are quirky, and yet this one is different in that the only way I can describe it is to say that it's "beautiful."
Henry's sisters is about love and family. It's about pain and healing, as well as forgiveness, understanding and acceptance.
Without revealing too much about this book, I'll tell you that Henry is the anchor that keeps his family together. It is the family's shared love of Henry, and Henry's love of the world around him, that allows his family - his sisters in particular - to survive through their nightmarish childhood and the subsequent mental instability with which each of his family members is afflicted.
Family relationshipa can be difficult. They can be frustrating and confusing and even filled with strife and near hate. But, at the end of the day when your friends have gone home and your feet have been kicked from beneath you, your family will always be there to lean on and provide you the necessary support to make it through another day....more
After what felt like a slow start (it took me about 25 pages to get "hooked"), this turned out to be one of the most fun reads I've had alGreat book!
After what felt like a slow start (it took me about 25 pages to get "hooked"), this turned out to be one of the most fun reads I've had all year.
What can you say about a woman with an anger problem? An anger problem brought on by the deaths of her husband and unborn child and, subsequently, by her beloved mother? Follow that anger problem with a cheating live-in boyfriend (upon whom she extracts sweet revenge) and you have a seriously unhinged woman. Take that seriously unhinged woman and put her in an anger-management course (court directed, no less), throw in some quirky characters and an anger-management counselor with her own obvious anger issues, and you have a great story. But why stop there? While you're at, throw in a dead body, a germ-phobic Bed and Breakfast owner, an opera-singing, pancake-flipping diner owner, and NOW you have a great read!
There was just so much going on in this book that it's hard to even explain what it was all about. Suffice it to say that Cathy Lamb has taken a tragic character that most authors would leave tragic, and made her into someone you wish you knew. Someone who lacks that filter we all have that warns us that, "Hey - maybe you shouldn't say that, even if it *is* true!" A character whose honesty and plain talk make her not just enjoyable, but downright lovable.
GREAT read. I seriously must read more Cathy Lamb....more
Cute and fun. Not a book you have to think hard about, but certainly one that allows you to escape from your day-to-day life. Recommend it to those whCute and fun. Not a book you have to think hard about, but certainly one that allows you to escape from your day-to-day life. Recommend it to those who're into the vampire genre, but looking for something fun....more
YIkes! They say that "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned", and that is certainly true of these women! I don't even know how much more to say thanYIkes! They say that "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned", and that is certainly true of these women! I don't even know how much more to say than YIKES!
The foundation of this book is a group of women who are brought together for one purpose; to right the wrongs of the legal system. Each woman has been wronged by the legal system in some manner, so these women band together to take the law into their own hands and seek revenge upon those who've wronged one of their "sisters."
I can't say any more without ruining the story, but I will say that it made me wiggle a little bit! I'll be looking forward to the next books in this series....more
Not nearly as good as the three preceding books. I'm having a hard time getting into this book and I'm 2/3 of the way through. To say it's boring compNot nearly as good as the three preceding books. I'm having a hard time getting into this book and I'm 2/3 of the way through. To say it's boring compared to the first two in the series is an understatement. Can't wait to finish it....more
Michael Connelly is one of those authors whose name keeps creeping up on me. He’s a prolific writer and has published more than two-dozen novels in thMichael Connelly is one of those authors whose name keeps creeping up on me. He’s a prolific writer and has published more than two-dozen novels in the last twenty years. Until last week, I’d never read anything by Connelly, mostly because he came highly recommended by the two men in my life whose reading preferences couldn’t be more different than my own. But, after more than a little prodding, I gave in and decided to give Connelly a try. After all, what could it really hurt? If I didn’t like him, then I could simply quit reading and move onto something else. If, however, I found something compelling in his writing, then maybe I’d have a new favorite author. What could it hurt?
Black Echo is the first in the Harry Bosch series of novels based upon a homicide detected who has been demoted to the most undesirable homicide beat in his department because he’s not part of the “family” and doesn’t play by the rules. He’s narrowly escaped one Internal Affairs investigation, and that department is still chomping at the bit to find anything at all that will allow them to bring him down, and they are relentless in their harassment and pursuit.
The premise of this book surrounds the suspicious drug overdose death of a Vietnam Veteran and the seemingly (at first) unrelated bank vault robbery a year prior. Harry Bosch is teamed up with FBI agent Eleanor Wish as the two work together to solve both crimes while attempting to understand how they were related.
This book has more twists and turns than the average mystery/action/suspense/thriller novel and I found myself not only holding my breath while turning the pages, but repeatedly thinking what an excellent movie this book would make. Just when I thought I had everything figured out, I was thrown yet another curve ball and then another that left me with my jaw dropping and shaking my head at myself for never suspecting the final outcome.
The verdict, then? I loved it and wish I hadn’t been so hard-headed and resistant to giving Michael Connelly a try. I will definitely read more in this series to see where this character goes, and it might even make my Christmas Gift List for those few hard-to-please readers on my list....more
Disturbing. Sad. Painful. Sickening. Heartbreaking. Hopeful.
This was hands-down the most painful book I think I've ever read. I had to keep remindingDisturbing. Sad. Painful. Sickening. Heartbreaking. Hopeful.
This was hands-down the most painful book I think I've ever read. I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn't actually based upon the life of any one person. Personally, however, I found the descriptions of abuse and betrayal to be so graphic, that I can't help but wonder whether the author had someone's life story in mind when she took pencil to paper and wrote this book.
This book was difficult for me on so many levels. First, I had difficulty with the coarse language and graphic descriptions of a child molested practically from birth. At one point, I almost put it down; yet as soon as I did, I couldn't stop thinking about the main character. I wanted to know more about her. And so I was compelled to pick it back up and keep reading. I think it would be untrue to say that I'm glad I picked it back up, yet how could I NOT finish it?
This book produced the most amazing range of emotions from me. My heart ached for Precious, and I was downright furious at her parents. I was sickened and nauseated by the abuse she endured from her parents; the two people in the world who should've loved and protected her. They violated her in every way imaginable...physically, mentally, sexually, and emotionally.
Truly an unforgettable book. A book that calls to me and makes me want to change the world and make it a better and safer place for people like Precious. A book that inspires me to want to seek punishment for those who use and abuse the very people they are entrusted to protect.
This book is not for the sensitive or for the faint-hearted. It's one I will never forget. ...more