Once again Graham Joyce has managed to completely captivate me and draw me in! Dark Sister is a tale of a marriage torn apart by dark, unseen forces.Once again Graham Joyce has managed to completely captivate me and draw me in! Dark Sister is a tale of a marriage torn apart by dark, unseen forces. What seems at first to be an innocent discovery of an ancient book hidden in the fireplace, turns out to be the beginning of a mystical, and at times nightmarish journey for Maggie and her family. The book seems to beckon to Maggie to read its pages and unlock its hidden secrets. What begins as a hobby, quickly takes a turn towards a darker, more malevolent force that seeks to use Maggie as a vessel for a long dormant magic.
I was intrigued throughout by the magical forces of the ancient book and Maggie's newfound "talents," but the characters themselves were less than endearing. Maggie and her husband, Alex, were incredibly selfish - only caring about their own desires and agendas - and their poor children were treated as pawns in a game of strategy. I suppose this is not unlikely in many troubled marriages, but it was difficult to read about what those children endured as a direct result of their mother's misguided foray into the dark arts and their father's quest to get revenge on their mother. Despite the crass and selfish, behavior of Maggie and Alex, I still couldn't blame them entirely for their behavior because I believe so much of that was a result of the dark forces that Maggie unknowingly unleashed into their world.
As I've come to expect, Graham Joyce is a master storyteller with an uncanny ability to unlock the Pandora's box of his readers' imaginations!...more
Littlefield has written an exquisitely touching story about one girl's experience in a Japanese internment camp after the bombing at Pearl Harbor, andLittlefield has written an exquisitely touching story about one girl's experience in a Japanese internment camp after the bombing at Pearl Harbor, and the lengths that her mother was willing to go to in order to protect her daughter. Lucy Takedo is a 14 year-old Japanese-American girl who led a privileged life, until the tragedy of Pearl Harbor. In the aftermath she and her mother are forced to relocate to a Japanese internment camp where they have to endure harsh, unlivable conditions. Lucy's mother, Mikayo, will do anything to protect her daughter, even if it means putting herself in peril. Lucy's narrative is interwoven with her daughter, Patty's, who is learning 30 years later what her mother and grandmother endured in the camps, as she tries to uncover the truth about whether her mother could have murdered a former camp guard. I devoured this book in just two days - I had to know what happened next! This book was the perfect blend of history, suspense, and mystery. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, Littlefield would reveal another twist and turn. A must-read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction, mysteries, and stories of strong family ties and deeply-buried secrets!...more
I won this book from a First Reads giveaway!This was the first book of Genova's that I've read, even though I own her first two novels. Love Anthony iI won this book from a First Reads giveaway!This was the first book of Genova's that I've read, even though I own her first two novels. Love Anthony is the story of two women, Beth and Olivia, whose lives become inexplicably interwoven through their individual healing processes as they cope with the tragedies and losses in their lives. Set against the beautiful, seaside backdrop of Nantucket, each woman searches for meaning and purpose as they strive to find equilibrium and even happiness again. Being a wife and a mother, I found that I could identify with the characters of Beth and Olivia. Every time I picked the book back up, I felt like I was visiting with old friends. I empathized with their feelings of doubt, regret, fear, and uncertainty as they worked towards finding themselves and their true purposes in life. This story is also about autism and understanding that a person with autism is a person who has feelings and is capable of love, even if they cannot express it the way "normal" people do. It's also about showing compassion and understanding for families of children with disabilities rather than passing judgment. I really enjoyed this story and I look forward to reading more books by Genova!...more
I recently won this book from a First Reads giveaway!
Gold: A Novel is the first book I've read by Chris Cleave. I own Little Bee, but have been hesitaI recently won this book from a First Reads giveaway!
Gold: A Novel is the first book I've read by Chris Cleave. I own Little Bee, but have been hesitant to read it due to the mixed reviews it has received. After reading Gold, I have a feeling the reviews for this one will be mostly positive because I couldn't put it down.
Gold is the the story of three friends and world-class cyclists - Kate, Jack, and Zoe - who are all vying for their spot in the upcoming London Olympic games. Kate and Jack are married and have a young daughter, Sophie, who has leukemia and is undergoing chemotherapy. As the story unfolds, the reader discovers the delicate threads that link these athletes together and the intricacies that define their relationships. Gold is about the things that drive these athletes and the difficult decisions and sacrifices that the characters must make in order to achieve the greater goal.
Honestly, when I first picked this book up, I already expected not to like it. I am not at all interested in sports, cycling in particular. However, this story is about so much more than the sport of cycling, even though I found the descriptions of the sport to be breathtaking. I can't begin to imagine the intense amount of training, both physically and mentally, that an athlete must endure to reach Olympic proportions. Besides the descriptions of the cycling, I was also taken in by the dynamics of the relationships between Jack, Kate, and Zoe, and their coach Tom, and the courage and strength of little Sophie as she battled leukemia. I thought this was an excellent book for all readers, not just those who love sports or cycling. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading more books by Cleave....more
Home Front is the story of Jolene Zarkades - mom, wife, and helicopter pilot for the United States army. Jolene has faced more than her share of adverHome Front is the story of Jolene Zarkades - mom, wife, and helicopter pilot for the United States army. Jolene has faced more than her share of adversity in her lifetime, coming from a dysfunctional family of alcoholic parents, so she learned from an early age to find strength within herself. As a mother, wife, and soldier, Jolene has put her past behind her in order to create a life of structure and support for herself and her family. Despite her best efforts, her family seems to be falling apart. As she struggles to hold her family together and be a pillar of strength and resolve, she receives the worst possible news - she's being deployed to Iraq. Not only is she leaving at a time when her family needs her the most, she must also deal with the fear of being injured or killed in battle and the possibility of never seeing her family again. This book really hit home for me as a mother and a wife. I deal with mother guilt on a daily basis, but certainly not to the extent of military mothers who often have to leave their families behind to fight for and protect our country. I cannot imagine how hard it must be to leave your loved ones and not know for sure if you will be coming home alive. It is sometimes easier to not think about the fact that the men and women who serve our country are actual people with families, especially when you watch the news and hear about the devastating casualties of war. This story, although fiction, is a reality for hundreds of thousands of people in our country. I have a close friend whose husband has been deployed three times and was recently discharged from the military as a result of the injuries he sustained during his deployments. I have never quite understood how difficult this must have been for her family, but I feel like this book has helped me to understand a little better what they have experienced and endured. My heart truly goes out to all military personnel and their families, and I am beyond grateful for the freedoms their sacrifices have bought for our country....more
The World We Found is the first book I've read from this author, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It is theI won this book from a Firstreads giveaway!
The World We Found is the first book I've read from this author, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It is the story of four college friends who, after having drifted apart over the last thirty years, are reuniting to say goodbye to their friend Armaiti who is dying of cancer. The impending reunion brings back many memories, both nostalgic and painful for each woman and becomes an opportunity for renewal of old friendships and past dreams. This beautifully written novel swept me away to Bombay, India and completely enveloped me in the lives of these four amazing women as I read about their hopes, dreams, past regrets, and new beginnings. I will definitely read more books by Umrigar after reading and enjoying this one....more
Beautiful story... I couldn't put it down. I felt like I was right there in Scotland, feeling the spray of the sea mist on my skin, and hearing the waBeautiful story... I couldn't put it down. I felt like I was right there in Scotland, feeling the spray of the sea mist on my skin, and hearing the waves crashing on the shore next to the castle. The setting reminded me so much of Outlander, and the love stories between Sophia and Moray, and Carrie and Graham had me yearning for more. ...more