read a number of reviews of Night Roads by Kristin Hannah on various book blogs and decided I needed to read it as well. I reserved the audio book fr...more read a number of reviews of Night Roads by Kristin Hannah on various book blogs and decided I needed to read it as well. I reserved the audio book from my local library. Previous to reading Night Roads, I had only read one other book by Kristin Hannah. We read Firefly Lane in my book group last year.
I found the characters in Night Roads very well developed. I had strong feelings about a number of the character and could relate to their emotions, fears and heart break. Night Roads is an emotional roller coaster of a book, which kept me very engaged in the story.
Night Roads centers on the Farraday family. Miles and Jude Farraday along with their twins, Mia and Zach are the all American family. They seemed to have it all, until a single event changes their lives forever. Of the twins, Mia is shy and struggled socially until she met Lexi Baill. Mia and Lexi quickly become inseparable. Lexi is a very resilient teen, having made her way through the foster care system. Lexi has now found a family in the Farraday family as well as with her Great Aunt Eva. Her life is finally going well. Lexi is a very sweet girl with a immense sense of responsibility. I just loved the person who Lexi was and tried to continue to be.
I could really relate to Jude, being a parent myself that is a bit over protective. I remember the worry caused by my children’s teen years. Jude is a good mother, but her entire identity is tied up in being a mother. I do remember when my oldest moved out on his own, I thought, now who am I?? I have always been Josh’s mom! I don’t want to go too much about my feeling towards Jude as it would give too much of the story away. Jude shows the reader the depths of a mother’s love and the power of forgiveness.
I was most profoundly struck by how the events of Night Roads could happen to any of us, even me. Teens don’t think about how the consequences of one decision could change their entire lives forever as well as the lives of many others. I was satisfied with the ending of Night Roads, but did want to know what happened to the characters I had begun to care so much about in the years to follow.
My Rating: 4/5 – I really liked Night Roads by Kristin Hannah. I laughed, cried and worried right along with the characters. I drove around the block one more time to hear just a few more minutes of the book. I snuck my headphone on in the middle of the night when I woke up. Night Roads by Kristin Hannah will especially resonate with parents of teens. (less)
My Review: I chose to read The Pioneer Woman Black Heels to Tractor Wheels because I am a long standing fan of “The Pioneer Woman”, her blog as well a...moreMy Review: I chose to read The Pioneer Woman Black Heels to Tractor Wheels because I am a long standing fan of “The Pioneer Woman”, her blog as well as her cookbook. We LOVE her Sangria recipe! I started reading her blog Confessions of a Pioneer Woman in the early years of the blog, so The Pioneer Woman Black Heels to Tractor Wheels felt like reading an old friend’s story. While the writing may not be great, the book is written very similar to her blog, which I love. Ree Drummond has a wonderful sense of humor, sprinkled with just the right amount of sarcasm, which I simply love. The Pioneer Woman Black Heels to Tractor Wheels is a light and quick read.
The Pioneer Woman Black Heels to Tractor Wheels is about Ree’s transformation from City Girl to Country Girl and all the mishaps and adjustments that required. It is an honest and humorous story. Black Heels to Tractor Wheels shows how love and motherhood can change a person in ways they didn’t realize possible. As well as how love can get you through all the ups and downs of life! Ree Drummond’s depiction of life on the ranch is engaging and wonderfully funny when told in her voice.
I must share how wonderful Ree Drummond’s photography of life on the ranch is. She captures the true spirit of the life and some very handsome cowboys. I grew up in South Dakota so the farm life is very familiar to me and something that I miss to some extent now living in the city.
I also read that Ree Drummond has sold the rights of the books for a movie to be made. I look forward to seeing who is cast in the roll of The Pioneer Woman!
My Rating: 4/5 – a light and enjoyable read. Especially enjoyable to follower of Confessions of a Pioneer Woman blog. (less)
Heaven is for Real was the monthly selection for my Wine, Women and Words book group. Heaven is for Real is the recollections of Colton Burpo regardi...more Heaven is for Real was the monthly selection for my Wine, Women and Words book group. Heaven is for Real is the recollections of Colton Burpo regarding his time in heaven after a near death experience associated with a burst appendix. The story is told, by Todd Burpo, Colton’s father who is also a pastor. It is not very often I can say a book gave me goose bumps, but Heaven is for Real did a few times. It is a sweet, heartbreaking and what I believe to be an honest story. I think that the simple descriptions of Heaven by Colton are amazing. He doesn’t just come to his parents and tell them what he saw in Heaven. He slowly makes little comments that make the parents question him. The family slowly allows Colton to unravel his story over a long period of time.
One of the times I had goose bumps while reading Heaven is for Real was when Colton could tell his Dad where he was and what he was doing while Colton was in surgery. No one knew this but Todd Burpo. How could this 4 year old boy know? The last thing that I found extremely emotional and was of such comfort to me was Colton’s time with his sister. A sister, his parent’s didn’t tell him about as the mother had a miscarriage in early pregnancy. Having suffered a miscarriage, this gave me comfort to know that I may someday meet that child.
I am a Christian so I already have faith that my Father in Heaven looks after me and my family. Heaven Is For Real only makes me believe this more deeply. I adored Colton and the sweet, honest voice of this child to tell his story to the world. This is a great book for those seeking comfort from a recent lose of a loved one or miscarriage.
Heaven is for Real.......................good to know
My Rating: 4/5 not often a book gives me goose bumps. I stayed up past my bedtime reading Heaven is For Real.
I don’t recall where I first read about Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simon. I had read enough book bloggers reviews to know I had to read thi...moreI don’t recall where I first read about Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simon. I had read enough book bloggers reviews to know I had to read this book. I listened to the audio of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand and I am glad I did. I am infatuated with English accents so this is a delight to listen to. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand is set in a small village of Edgecombe St. Mary in Sussex. I loved this setting and could envision this little village that did seem to be very old fashioned.
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand is a quaint little love story between two older, unlikely people, Major Pettigrew and Mrs. Ali. The Major has a wonderful sense of sarcasm that was even drier than my hubby’s! The Major is an older widow with one adult child, Roger. Roger was an annoying character who was always trying to improve his standings in life by meeting affluent people. He drove me nuts with his name dropping. Mrs. Ali is the local shop owner, originally from Pakistan. She is a lovely character. She is intelligent and full of life and while cognizant of the values of her heritage, she was willing to go against convention to ensure her own happiness. Both the Major’s and Mrs. Ali’s families, like all families can be messy, complicated and unkind.
My favorite character had to be Abdul Wahid. Abdul was set in the old ways of his heritage, but yet conflicted about it. Abdul ended up being a very complicated person with many layers to him. He was misunderstood at times or maybe even conflicted about his own feelings
This was a fairly quick listen that was very enjoyable to listen to.
My Rating: 4/5 – a light enjoyable listen. The accents on the audio were wonderful. I love my English accents!! (less)
I selected to listen to this audio of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt based on some reviews I had read. This audio was narrated by Jenna Lamia . She is an am...more I selected to listen to this audio of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt based on some reviews I had read. This audio was narrated by Jenna Lamia . She is an amazing narrator. She plays all the characters with very distinct and believable voices, especially the pre-teen CeeCee. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt was a joy to listen to!
CeeCee is the narrator of the story and her voice is very appropriate for her age. Don’t you hate when you read a book that is narrated by a child, but the dialogue doesn’t sound like a child! This is not the case with Saving CeeCee Honeycutt.
I really enjoyed all the characters in Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. CeeCee herself is a strong, compassionate girl. CeeCee in many regards ended up parenting her mother, Camille, more than Camille actually was able to parent her. CeeCee was a reader and enjoyed books and the escape they offered her from her daily live. I could really relate to that, as a child I also used reading as an escape.
Camille, CeeCee’s mother, suffered from mental health issues. She was an interesting character and well developed. I could just see her an the Vidalia Queen. After Camille’s death, Aunt Tootie comes to Willoughby, Ohio to see CeeCee. In my eyes this is the moment in which CeeCee is saved by her Aunt. Tootie gives CeeCee an opportunity for a new life, where CeeCee is able to be a child and have friends.
Aunt Tootie is from Savannah, Georgia and is a proper southern woman. The descriptions of Georgia are rich and lush and just delicious. I love old homes as does Aunt Tootie. She saves and restores old homes validating the history of those homes. The strong female relationships portrayed in Saving CeeCee Honeycutt are amazing.
Themes throughout Saving CeeCee Honeycutt included family secrets, stigma of mental illness, abandonment, love, acceptance and strength of family/friends. What an amazing cast of strong lovely women that came into CeeCee’s life just at the right time.
My Rating: 4/5 – highly recommended – drove around the block a few times not wanting to have the story end. Looked forward to getting into the car to hear some more! Great Audio. (less)