Hurley writes with a prose that is haunting. From the opening words to the ending I can't quit pondering, I've been hooked on The Loney. Though I'm stHurley writes with a prose that is haunting. From the opening words to the ending I can't quit pondering, I've been hooked on The Loney. Though I'm still not positive exactly what happened in some of the substories, I have no doubt I'll pick this book up again to experience it one more time....more
You can't go wrong with a Crusie novel. This one is as lighthearted and fun as any others I've read. Crusie does such a great job developing minor chaYou can't go wrong with a Crusie novel. This one is as lighthearted and fun as any others I've read. Crusie does such a great job developing minor characters that sometimes I care more about them than the main characters--or at least every bit as much as I did this time. I'm hoping I get a "Southy" book next. ...more
The second installment of A Hidden Springs Mystery series is much like the first. Gabhart excels at character development, continuing to build on charThe second installment of A Hidden Springs Mystery series is much like the first. Gabhart excels at character development, continuing to build on characters introduced in her earlier book while drawing in the quirks of additional minor town members. She also raises a decent plot with interesting crimes and murders and just enough action to raise the stakes. Where she falls short is in hiding clues and creating mystery. Once again I knew the murderer and the twists much earlier than I wanted to, Gabhart’s foreshadowing seems forced, and her clues are laying right out in the open.
I am drawn to Gabhart’s small-town writing and character development, but I don’t go to Hidden Springs for a mystery I can’t solve. Still, it’s a fun ride to take, and I recommend reading the series if you like sleuthing along and gathering the clues in a quick read. I will likely check out the third book—in the hopes that I will be wrong and will find myself surprised at the end—to see where the characters end up.
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I loved, loved, loved Cash's prose and his seamless transition between the three voices he used to tell this story of love and hope and trust and secoI loved, loved, loved Cash's prose and his seamless transition between the three voices he used to tell this story of love and hope and trust and second chances. Sometimes the road to mercy is indeed a dark one, but there is mercy in the journey and beauty in the reflection. Brilliantly told and highly recommended!...more
Creepy. Disturbing. Horrifying. Sadistic. And quite a bit good. If this is any indication of the psychological thriller Minette Walters writes, I wantCreepy. Disturbing. Horrifying. Sadistic. And quite a bit good. If this is any indication of the psychological thriller Minette Walters writes, I want to check out the rest. ...more
Annabel Lee is a suspense novel written by Mike Nappa, a lover of all things Edgar Allen Poe. The novel and the protagonist take their name from one oAnnabel Lee is a suspense novel written by Mike Nappa, a lover of all things Edgar Allen Poe. The novel and the protagonist take their name from one of Poe’s poems, and Nappa cleverly weaves “Annabel Lee” throughout this novel. The book is well paced and well written, and the plot is on point (if quite disturbing and bordering on unbelievable . . . one hopes). I enjoyed getting to know the main characters: Trudi Coffey, Samuel Hill (though I wish someone would simply call the poor man “Sam”—he’s just too informal himself to be constantly called such a big name), The Mute, and, of course, Annabel Lee herself. This launches the Coffey & Hill mysteries, and I’ll probably check those out too.
What didn’t I like? Some of Nappa’s descriptions were repetitive (literally, I wondered if I had read a certain paragraph twice only to find it was chapters apart), and he employed the use of character reflection far too often. I actually exclaimed aloud when it arose again in the final chapters. I wish he had shared some of the characters’ discoveries or actions as they were happening instead of consistently having the character reflect on the previous few days or weeks. Finally, while Nappa’s introduction of God in his characters’ lives often felt natural and subtle, at times it also felt forced.
All in all, read the book. And read the Poe poem to go with it. It’s fun to look for the deeper meanings and the deeper, unspoken ways Nappa weaves the poem into his story. It’s obvious he loves the poem, and he’s used it to create deep relationships that will keep me coming back for more.
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So I started reading Raising Uncommon Kids and then quit reading it at the 13th paragraph: “If I wanted my daughter to change, I realized, the changeSo I started reading Raising Uncommon Kids and then quit reading it at the 13th paragraph: “If I wanted my daughter to change, I realized, the change had to start with me.”
Wait. What? I went back to the cover. What had I missed? How was this book meant to change my children from self-absorbed drama queens into beautiful Proverbs 31 women about changing me first?! “12 Biblical Traits YOU NEED to Raise Selfless Kids.” I missed the two simple words in all caps. “YOU NEED.” (So then I laughed nervously at my oversight, picked myself up off the floor, and took a few cleansing yoga breaths before I started reading again.)
Me. It’s about me. My children model so much about who my husband and I are . . . and their “uncommonality” and selflessness is bound to be no different. Cone introduces and then dissects the 12 Biblical Traits we need to produce in our lives what we hope our children will emulate. From Love and Harmony to Wisdom and Patience to Humility and Compassion, each chapter provides an explanation, a mirror to hold up and examine ourselves, a mentor moment that will allow us to share these truths with our children, and practical tips to cultivate these traits in our children. And cultivate is the right word. While Colossians 3:12-17 can feel like a giant to do list for creating peaceful homes, it is really a guide for what God can do through our homes and families as we submit to His way of thinking, parenting, and living together.
These blog reviews always mean I have to read a book too fast to fully chew it, embrace it, and measure its change in my life. As a result, some of them require deeper reading. This is one of those books. I hope I can find a group of parents to chew it and embrace it and measure its change in our families with me.
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The Gift of Friendship is a collection of blog posts from various authors, speakers, and bloggers on the topic of friendship. Centered around topics lThe Gift of Friendship is a collection of blog posts from various authors, speakers, and bloggers on the topic of friendship. Centered around topics like “Building Community,” “It Takes a Friend to Be a Friend,” “Friendship on Purpose,” and “Vulnerability,” each essay Camp gathered follows the typical Blog formula: easy to read, a few lines of self-deprecating humor, and a quick message. None of it gets too deeply, but much of it makes you smile. And none of them will take you more than five minutes to read.
Reading this compilation made me arrive at three realizations: 1) I have a handful of really great, really deep, and really true friendships; 2) This may not be as common as I originally thought; 3) I don’t really like this Blog format of a book. I found myself and my circle of friends in a few of the pages. I was reminded to tell two of my closest friends how deeply connected to them I am and how grateful I am that they know me so well and still choose for some crazy reason to keep coming back to me. And how amazing it was to spend the weekend in their company . . . all alone, no kids, no husbands, just these beautiful women and a few others from our circle. Those are gifts you find in some corners of your world, and Camp calls you to remember them and cherish them.
I didn’t love this book. It was fine. Good, even, in some parts. But I feel richer for the friendships, not for the words I read in the book. Except for the nuggets Camp included in between some of the essays. She quoted Scripture (which is always good, even in this case where it sometimes seemed a stretch to fit the topic), and she quoted other books on friendship. The C. S. Lewis quotes she included from The Four Loves are the real gems in this book. And while I probably won’t pick up The Gift of Friendship to read again, I will definitely be borrowing The Four Loves. From a friend.
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