I listened to this as an audio book so my experience may be different than those who read the physical book.
The woman who read the book did a pretty gI listened to this as an audio book so my experience may be different than those who read the physical book.
The woman who read the book did a pretty good job. Some of her voices for the older women, particularly Cora's mother, were especially irritating to listen to. They sounded a bit overdone with the drippy way of speaking that we stereotypically think of as early 20th century rich women. Also, sometimes I was a bit bored with the way she was reading and I think missed some parts of the book. I give the reader 4/5 stars.
I picked up this book because I love Downton Abbey. I thought this would be an interesting read and resemble the Crawley family story that I love so dearly. Sadly, I was mistaken.
This book is not bad by any means, it just isn't as good as I wanted it to be. There were definitely parallels in this book to scenes I've seen in Downton in terms of parties they had and the way they treat their servants. I feel like I had a better understanding of the time period in this book because of Downton Abbey. However, this story revolved around Cora, the rich and spoiled American girl who ends up marrying a jerk of a Duke.
The writing, as other reviewers have said, was very good and painted vivid pictures for the reader. However, at times, that writing became a bit boring and went on too long without any new action or interesting thing happening. I listened to this audio book in the car and at times I found myself not paying attention to what the story was saying simply because it was not interesting.
The ending of this book, while I won't give it away, was less than satisfying. I don't know exactly what I wanted to happen, but that was definitely not it. I think if the ending hadn't been so disappointing I would have given it 4 stars. ...more
I absolutely loved this book! I loved the first two seasons of the series and can't wait for season three to start!
This book was great for a number ofI absolutely loved this book! I loved the first two seasons of the series and can't wait for season three to start!
This book was great for a number of reasons. It gave some back story about how the series same about from who contacted whom in the beginning and how it almost never happened. It was lovely hearing the writer's perspective throughout the book from her relationshop with the real Jennifer Worth to putting the book together. As you can probably tell from the images of the book, it's a beautiful book with great still shots from the series as well as historical bits. I loved hearing about how they cast the different characters and the actors' quotes of what Call the Midwife means to them.
If you've watched and enjoyed the series, this is a beautiful and interesting read which delves further into the series and the east end of London in the 1950s. I would not recommend this book unless you've at least watched a couple of episodes. It talks about a few episodes in particular and some stories might be spoiled....more
I listened to this as an audio book. My experience may be different than of those who read a physical book copy.
The woman who read the book did a goodI listened to this as an audio book. My experience may be different than of those who read a physical book copy.
The woman who read the book did a good job. I'd give her 4/5 stars.
I don't know how to feel about this book. It was just kind of mediocre. It would keep my attention for a while, then I'd find my mind wandering and not knowing what was happening in the story...and not really caring.
Lily is the daughter of an apothecary. She remembers just about everything and could easily be an apothecary if such a position was appropriate at the time. It's just her, her father, and her brother Charlie who is a bit slow in the head. He sounds as if he might have a general cognitive disability. Their mother left a few years prior and that is part of the plot of the book. Lily is trying to figure out what happened to her mother and why she left. Also, since Charlie can't take over the apothecary shop, they have an apprentice who is friends with and flirts with Lily. Then, one day distant relatives of their mother's (whom they haven't heard from since before she left) show up saying that they don't have heirs to pass their inheritance to and want to "adopt" Charlie. Well, once they realize he is a bit slow, they concede to take Lily to London for a season and spoil her. Of course, while she's there she meets lots of people including eligible bachelors.
The plot of the book is Lily finding a suitable beau, figuring out what will happen to the apothecary shop, and finding out why their mother left.
A decent book, I enjoyed learning about the shop and what they called different diseases and what they tried to use as cures. I probably won't read it again, but pretty good....more
I've never read any other Sandra Brown books, so I cannot compare it to her other works.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a rather short, quick perioI've never read any other Sandra Brown books, so I cannot compare it to her other works.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a rather short, quick period-type book written during the Dust Bowl. I enjoyed the time period and the development of the characters overall.
This is about a woman named Ella who owns a boarding house during the Dust Bowl. She loves her ordered and regular life with her regular tenants. Then, the local doctor brings her a new boarder to fill a newly vacated room. This new boarder, Mr. Rainwater, is quiet, helpful, and dying. While this news of his impending death frightens Ella at first, she doesn't let it phase her for long and goes about her business. She has a son, Solly, who has autism. Mr. Rainwater forms a bond with Solly and encourages Ella to enroll him in a special school. Mr. Rainwater also becomes involved in the community which can become dangerous in that time period.
There is a prologue piece to this story that doesn't seem to make any sense at first. Honestly, I had completely forgotten about it until I got to the end and the epilogue was there tying it all together. I really enjoyed that; the side story that ties everything together. Even the end before the epilogue was somewhat of a surprise and well written....more
I listened to this book as an audio book, so my perceptions may differ in that way.
Ah, finally finished the series. I love that sense of accomplishmenI listened to this book as an audio book, so my perceptions may differ in that way.
Ah, finally finished the series. I love that sense of accomplishment, even with books. This book is Belina's story. She is still in Boston and attending to Mrs. Stafford-Smythe.
I found this book to be much more entertaining and interesting than some of the past books. Belinda has a good story to tell and what happens after Mrs. Stafford-Smythe's passing (come on, you knew that was going to happen) keeps you wanting to read more.
A very appropriate and adequate ending to the series, especially with the Afterword by the author....more
I read this book as an audiobook, so my experience may be a bit different than others. After having listened to the previous six books on tape as wellI read this book as an audiobook, so my experience may be a bit different than others. After having listened to the previous six books on tape as well, this one was about the same to me. Maybe it's the reader or maybe it's just that this series of books, while all different in their own ways, are also all very similar.
This story was about Belinda. She is now a young lady and doing young lady things; meeting potential beaus and thinking of them as just friends, being a nurse for Luke, and clinging to her mama like Ellie did, thinking that Marty cannot live without her. Well, Belinda does end up breaking free of her small town, the beaus she does not want, and moving out east with a woman she is nursing.
Good story and I enjoyed hearing about the differences Belinda experiences from her small town life, which she has never met, to the big city life....more
I listened to this book as an audio book, so my perception may be different than others'.
I thought it was a very good book. Better than some of the paI listened to this book as an audio book, so my perception may be different than others'.
I thought it was a very good book. Better than some of the past books in this series (not that any were BAD). This story was mostly about Belinda, Marty and Clark's youngest child. Belinda is almost a young lady now and is starting to find her way in the world. She is very sensitive to the needs of others and when people, and animals, are hurt. Her older brother, Luke, who is a doctor, takes Belinda under his wing to begin training her as a nurse.
Also, Marty's granddaughter Melissa (Missie's daughter), also comes to live with the Davis family for 2 years to get more schooling. Melissa is technically Belinda's niece, but they are about the same age and between the two of them and Amy Jo, they have lots of pre-adolescent girl drama to talk about.
An interesting *coming-of-age* story for Belinda. ...more
This book begins when Marty and Clark are returning from the west. Ellie and the boys have taken care of the farm while Marty and Clark were gone, andThis book begins when Marty and Clark are returning from the west. Ellie and the boys have taken care of the farm while Marty and Clark were gone, and Ellie has grown up to be able to take care of things by herself.
This book particularly focuses on Ellie and what she wants and is going to do with her life now that Ma and Pa are back. There are marriages and babies throughout, as in most of these stories now.
I liked this book more than the previous books at times. It seemed to have more interesting plot lines going on. ...more
Another great story in the Love Comes Softly series. While I've seen most of the movies too, the further into the series you get, the further the moviAnother great story in the Love Comes Softly series. While I've seen most of the movies too, the further into the series you get, the further the movies deviate from the books, just so the reader/viewer is aware.
In this book, Missie and Willie have moved west and Clark purchases train tickets for he and Marty to travel west to see Missie. The ride is long, of course, but they make it and meet their grandchildren. They plan on staying about 2 months but through a series of events stay longer and spend the winter out west as well. Great story with new interesting characters....more
I enjoyed this book a lot. I read this book as an audio book, so my experience may be different than others'.
This is the story of Missie, her marriagI enjoyed this book a lot. I read this book as an audio book, so my experience may be different than others'.
This is the story of Missie, her marriage to Willie LeHaye, and their adventures together creating their life out west.
The first third of the book or so are their adventures on the wagon train going west. It takes them months to reach their destination and many things, from birth to death and everything in between, happen throughout their journey. Once they finally reach the town where their wagon train ends, Missie and Willie's new land is still a week or more wagon ride away. Missie being pregnant, of course, is forced to stay in town until the baby is born since there is a doctor in town. When the baby is finally born and Willie comes back to town to retrieve Missie and baby, Missie is finally able to see the land that her husband has talked about for so long. At first, she is disappointed, but could never let him know. However, as time goes on, Missie learns to love the new land and homestead she and Willie have set up.
A beautiful story of new adventures in the west. The author doesn't go into too much detail about any one thing, but instead keeps the story moving along to tell of the new family's adventures. ...more
Another great story in the Love Comes Softly series. I listened to this book on tape.
This book's time line moved a lot more quickly than the first booAnother great story in the Love Comes Softly series. I listened to this book on tape.
This book's time line moved a lot more quickly than the first book, which was a bit confusing at first but actually made the story move along quite nicely. Marty and Clark have established their relationship and are now raising their own family. Along the way there are more babies in the Davis family as well as in the neighborhood. The Davis' also take in two more neighbor girls who's pa left town.
The story is light and moves along well. The movie is good as well and goes into more details about some parts, but leaves out others, as most movies do :)...more
Great story! I listened to this on CD, so my experience may be a bit different. I watched all the movies in this series on the Hallmark Channel a coupGreat story! I listened to this on CD, so my experience may be a bit different. I watched all the movies in this series on the Hallmark Channel a couple of years ago and they were recently on again which made me want to read them.
This story is a great story with Christian undertones (and overtones) throughout. You read the story of Marty, a young woman who's husband unexpectedly passes away as they are moving out west. Marty, on the day of her husband's funeral, reluctantly chooses to marry Clark Davis, a local man with a young daughter who's wife recently passed away. The story is about their new life together and how they deal with living with another person that they only chose out of convenience and need for the winter.
If you like historical fiction, and a nice, feel good, easy read, this is a great story....more
I loved this book! I received this book as a First-Reads Giveaway and was excited to get it in the mail!
Having never read The Scarlett Letter (I trieI loved this book! I received this book as a First-Reads Giveaway and was excited to get it in the mail!
Having never read The Scarlett Letter (I tried to once in high school but quit) I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy Hester. However, Reed did not fail to deliver. Reed gave a bit of background about Hester and Pearl throughout the novel, but no more than was necessary and only when it would add to the story. I liked Hester's character and felt that I could understand her and the choices that she made. She is a strong woman character, even for the time period. Also, her ability to see people's sins, which she gained from her own sins, made the story interesting and gave her a purpose.
The novel was easy to read and I found that once I started it, I did not want to put it down. An excellent first novel for Paula Reed!...more
I only gave this book 3 stars because it took me so long to read through! I was really excited to read this book and start this new series, but I gotI only gave this book 3 stars because it took me so long to read through! I was really excited to read this book and start this new series, but I got a little lost in this book. I loved the beginning and the story, but then from the middle through the end I struggled to finish. The characters started to all blend together and I didn't know who was fighting who and who was hiding from whom. I like that the book is based off of factual information, or as much as the author could find, but the story dragged in the middle....more