I am only on page 41 and I'm absolutely captivated by this author's writing "He laughs. And in his laugh I hear bliss. I hear fee...more Source: Public Library
I am only on page 41 and I'm absolutely captivated by this author's writing "He laughs. And in his laugh I hear bliss. I hear feet dancing, the rush of skirts twirling. The sound of children. Is that the first sign of love? You hear in the person you're destined to love the sound of those yet to be born." (p.33) After reading this I had tears in my eyes. I love how the author uses colors in her writing to convey thoughts and emotions. I could picture them in my mind as I was reading. This style of writing evoked very powerful emotions from me. I find the Jewish wedding ceremony to be very beautiful and full of meaning. "I am my beloved and my beloved is mine." I learned about the artists Shiele, Fritta and Kokoschka. By spending a little time on the internet looking up these artists and viewing their work I was able to understand Lenka's passion for art and how she painted. my heart is aching at the knowledge that so many Jewish people had to wonder what did they do wrong to cause this hatred from their neighbors. So many little children scared and parents not being able to quell their fears. The idea of not knowing what was going to happen to you and your family in the next week, day, hour, and minutes. Even in the darkest days of the death camps there were still babies being born. It was reaffirming that family and love are some of the most vital components of our lives. Never underestimate the power of music. It broke my heart how the prisoners reacted to music..they could forget their hunger, their suffering, the cruelty that they may have experienced earlier that day. All that mattered was the music and how it brought them together. I am amazed that every time I read a story about WWII, the Holocaust, internment camps, displaced people that I can always learn about unknown events that one will never hear about in high school. I am sickened at what we do to each other. How can one human treat another in such a horrific fashion. My mind can not accept these atrocities, yet I know they happened. I have so many sticky notes throughout this book that it would be overwhelming to read them all listed here. But I think I can sum up my reading experience with this sentence....... Is it possible to die from a broken heart because of a story that touched me to the very center of my soul?(less)
Why I wanted to read it: I have several reasons......
My awesome blogging friend Jen @ Jenny Loves to Read, sent me a copy a LONG time ago because I ex...moreWhy I wanted to read it: I have several reasons......
My awesome blogging friend Jen @ Jenny Loves to Read, sent me a copy a LONG time ago because I expressed interest in the book after she reviewed it. I am drawn to all things Cornwall...I swear one of my ancestors is from this area! Kaye@Pudgy Penguin listed this as one of her favorite reads for 2010 and I made up a challenge for myself to read some of my favorite bloggers favorite books! It was C in my 52 Weeks 52 Books Alphabetical challenge!
Source: I read this one on my Kindle and the paperback (from Jen)
As I stated above I love all things Cornwall and this book really set the tone and atmosphere for me. I will be visiting this lovely place before I die..which, I hope isn't until I'm like 98 or something! I really enjoyed Blythe and understood her need to get away from all things Hollywood and to get back to what was real and good in life. The whole time travel aspect is something I'm a sucker for...I love this type of book. I was really digging the way Blythe was able to see the past events...very very cool! I can't tell you how...I think that is a spoiler of sorts. The love story...was absolutely captivating. I cheered for this couple and wanted their relationship to be real and meaningful. Reading about Blythe reading all of Daphne du Maurier's (who lived in Cornwall) books had me wanting to read all of her titles too! So, that is exactly what I'm going to do! I will be starting with Rebecca, then My Cousin Rachel, because I own both of those titles. Then I will be adding the others as I can get my hands on them. Did you know, not one of her titles is available as an e-book? My husband is lucky because I would have bought every single one right after I finished The Cottage!!!
I want to thank Jen and Kaye for recommending this book so highly. I absolutely loved the story and I'm glad that I bought it for my Kindle when it was free...now, I can go back and re-read it anytime I want! (less)