I haven't read a book by Debbie Macomber in a while. I remember the previous books that I've read being sweet with heartfelt story lines. While this I haven't read a book by Debbie Macomber in a while. I remember the previous books that I've read being sweet with heartfelt story lines. While this was much the same, there was something different about this book that caused me to like it less than others that I've read.
I have not read previous books in this series which wasn't an issue as the beginning of the book felt like a huge information dump so everyone would be caught up to current events. I disliked the change in voice from first to third person as the chapters switched between the story lines. I also wasn't crazy about bouncing between three different story lines with each chapter.
Overall the lessons in the novel were a bit too in my face instead of simply being in the background of the story. I also disliked the ending.
This was a quick, easy read and was generally okay but I don't think I will be returning to the Rose Harbor series. I much prefer the Blossom Street series....more
This book certainly made me look at my approach to issues with my daughter from a different angle. I have hope that using the method presented by theThis book certainly made me look at my approach to issues with my daughter from a different angle. I have hope that using the method presented by the author I will be able to understand more about the real issues she is facing and that together we can find a reasonable plan to go about solving the underlying problems....more
We are heading to Walt Disney World at the end of January 2015 and have been working with a travel agent to plan our trip. Even though much of our plaWe are heading to Walt Disney World at the end of January 2015 and have been working with a travel agent to plan our trip. Even though much of our planning has already been done I still found this book helpful in understanding how things have changed in the three years since we were at Disney last.
Walt Disney World can be very overwhelming in the number of choices that need to be made before you even arrive in order to have a pleasant stay. This can be tricky even if you haven't been there before but nearly impossible if you have no idea what hotels or travel around the Orlando area can be like. The Fodor's 2015 book breaks down each choice into manageable options and describes things well enough that people should be able to feel comfortable with their decision. I absolutely LOVE the simple lists that break down hotels, restaurants, and attractions in an easy to compare format.
Although this information is available online and through a travel agent, it is nice to have it all gathered in one place and in a grab and go format. I know I can find the list of rides that have height restrictions online but I have to hunt for it every time. Fodor's provided it on one page of this book. I also love the lists of rides that have Fast Pass available in each park, although I did notice that the Frozen Sing A Long is missing from the list for Hollywood Studios. There was also no mention of Wandering Oaken's Frozen Snowground but this may be only a temporary attraction.
I also appreciated the chapters on other Orlando attractions including both of the Universal Studios parks and Sea World. We have always been Disney people but have tossed around the idea of adding Universal Studios to a trip at some point. Now I can tell we want to wait until the kids are older for that.
Overall Fodor's Walt Disney World with Kids 2015 is a great resource for both new and seasoned Disney planners. I would recommend this book even if you are working with a travel agent because it will give you a better handle on how to navigate the World for a truly magical time....more