A remarkable and moving story about Iris a momma jeans wearing, unselfish mother of three, in her forties living in Boston. Her husband's sudden newsA remarkable and moving story about Iris a momma jeans wearing, unselfish mother of three, in her forties living in Boston. Her husband's sudden news that he wants a separation sends her in a tailspin. She goes home to her folks to absorb this bombshell, work though it and find herself. Her family lives by the lake and own/run a large growing organic farm-stand in Hampstead, New England.
This is ironic because the focus is on her sister Leigh's idyllic wedding nuptials that take place in a few weeks there. the family is all coming together in this rocky precipice in their lives. Family secrets, sisterhood rivalries,and real love present themselves to Iris. She luckily is blessed with a beautiful loving family, close friends and growing career. She finds her passion for life and makes hard choices for her and her children's future.
This is a somewhat predictable story but it's a well earned escape and take to the lake read. I enjoyed the way I felt transported to this quaint beautiful place. Very dreamy.
Now let's get real! The only irritation I have is how unrealistic it is for a 40 year old woman to be able to have this heavenly place to disappear to where she is so loved and nurtured and feeds her soul. Who gets to do something like this???? I'd imagine if I was suddenly going though a tough divorce I'd have to live in my mom's two bedroom little apartment till I could manage to get back on my feet. So no money to charge new I'm single and lost lots of weight beautiful clothes, no lake side impeccable fancy farm to run to, no barn to learn to refurbish, no wonderful old friends that totally forgive me for never visiting for YEARS, no hottie pa tottie, perfect guy to let me cry on his shoulder with total patience for my circumstances. and no time to just find me! Ok maybe three people out of 1000 have these wonderful separation experiences??
I guess this is realistic fantasy to a point, but I really had a good time reading it. Love the quality of the writing and the dimensions of characters. I'd want to flee to a better place after the shit hits the fan too!...more
Charming, simple and tender story. This was a much faster novel to read than I suspected it to be. I read this in a long lazy afternoon. Zevin knows hCharming, simple and tender story. This was a much faster novel to read than I suspected it to be. I read this in a long lazy afternoon. Zevin knows her audience "Book Worshipers" and "Book clubs" seemed a little to cliche at times and characters came off a little dry but in a real way(if that makes since....lol) I did find this book delightful and not at all long and drawn out. I guessed all the twists though. I'm usually not right but there was a lot of foreshadowing clues that lead me and my wandering mind right to the answers. I'd find myself smiling while I read and a few times I giggled out loud.
I think I enjoyed the book/short story titles and author candy tossed into this the most. Loved that it did add more titles to my huge TBR. Books about books always hit me in my soft mushy spot. This brought back memories of book discussions I've had with my online book club and books we have had as contenders in our past monthly votes.
An endearing look into every mothers hopes and fears in raising children. This is Kelly Corrigan's letter to her two girls Georgia and Claire after suAn endearing look into every mothers hopes and fears in raising children. This is Kelly Corrigan's letter to her two girls Georgia and Claire after surviving breast cancer. It really lives up to the title and gave me a lift and reassurance as a mother I may not always do everything right but I do everything I do because I care so much for the two blessings in my life. I enjoyed Corrigan's since of humor, heart and her honesty about her outburst moments. This is a short little purse size novel that can be read in an hour only 83 pages. It was a sweet little book of mommy moments....more
This book surprised me so much. I was expecting a light hearted chick-lit story about uncovering a mother's past. It was so much more. I don't remembeThis book surprised me so much. I was expecting a light hearted chick-lit story about uncovering a mother's past. It was so much more. I don't remember sobbing this much since I read A Thousand Splendid Suns . I would recommend reading this to anyone and highly recommend reading it to those that are fans of the book The Bronze Horseman. The ending is so powerful and the story is so well written. Rich with Russian history of a personal survival story during the siege of Leningrad as well as a tender tale of forgiveness and finding the truth within. ...more
Good coming of age story about a real, flawed, jaded young woman in that in between stage of life after graduation about to leave for college. I laughGood coming of age story about a real, flawed, jaded young woman in that in between stage of life after graduation about to leave for college. I laughed out loud at Remy's cinical look at everything. I also wanted to shake her silly many times (the parent in me!!) She was mature and smart in so many ways but a scared little chicken to try love because of her mothers history. I would have liked to have seen an example of love around her that showed something long term instead of just her brothers engagement as an atempt at this. I was also thinking that she drank some heavy alcohol for a teenager or an adult for that matter, so I was disapointed that she drank made mistakes and drank again and nothing changed in this regard in the story :( I was dissaponted in the growth of the main character she just took so long to get it and all the under age drinking and driving at some points, I'm not born yesterday, I know teens drink but this wasn't addressed or changed nothing!!!! Dessen is a good writter and I will certainly read more from her though.
I've read a few of Kinsella's books and really liked "Remember me". I really enjoyed this it was funny and cute. I loved the ghost "Sadie" her spunkyI've read a few of Kinsella's books and really liked "Remember me". I really enjoyed this it was funny and cute. I loved the ghost "Sadie" her spunky turn the other cheek and move on attitude and how she made Lara take risks and grab life by the reigns! I also had fun learning all the 20's themed terms (as well as English terms I've never heard ie. nobhead, wanker and several other colorful ones...lol) and pictured all the beautiful clothes, jewelry and make-up from the twenties. This was a fun read with charm some colorful language for a comedy. It may open some minds that may care or have a loved one of an older generation, to ask questions and get to know your past. Learn from others what you may not be able to experience in our day and age. It was a bit predictable, it played out like a funny, romantic comedy. I enjoy the antics Kinsella's character get into and how they turn there lives around full circle in the end. Makes us all wish we had a gaurdian angel that could help us out in life and fix our problems but I was a tad diappointed Sadie did most of the work and had to push Lara around a lot to get her pointed in the right direction. ...more
Sometimes you just need a good enchanting fantasy with humor, heart and charming loveable characters. I enjoyed the differnt points of view and the reSometimes you just need a good enchanting fantasy with humor, heart and charming loveable characters. I enjoyed the differnt points of view and the revealing look into their personal jouney for love, strength and fulfillment. It captured everyday loss, pain, and personal growth and twisted in the perfect touch of whimsy. There is a unique magical apple tree that grows in the Waverly's back garden and each Waverly woman or girl has an special gift to share with the little town of Bascom, North Carolina. They sometimes come across as oddities to this town but are wonderful ladies. Generations of Waverly women protect and look over this rascal of an apple tree with a wild little soul that loves this family and throws apples at random to have its say in there lives. If eaten it reveals secret visions of the most memorable moment that takes place in an eaters life. You just never know what the apple's hidden secret well make known, good or bad so DON'T EAT THE APPLES!! I couldn't help but think of Adam and Eve a little with the whole apple idea. A mystical garden grows around the tree and has gifts of it's own to share that casts little spells over anyone that eats from it also. But it makes you yearn to smell the honeysuckle and lay amongst the pansies on a clear dewy morning. I would love to eat the delectables Clarie spins this peculiar magic into, her fresh edible flower recipes sound lush and delicious. I found this as a pleasure to read and always had an edge of excitement waiting to happen. I like how it all wrapped up and made me feel good.
Favorite quote ~When you're happy for yourself, it fills you. When you're happy for someone else, it pours over....more
Loved it!! loved it!! loved it!! I have post its all over it saving my favorite quotes or spots. I reread phases I adore already! I enjoyed the styleLoved it!! loved it!! loved it!! I have post its all over it saving my favorite quotes or spots. I reread phases I adore already! I enjoyed the style it is written in all letters to and from the main character Juliet with a small Journal part by Isola! I had a few moments I got a little confused who was who, It would have been even better if there were greater differences between each characters letters. Also there were so many names starting with an "S" Susan, Sidney and Sophie. I complain very softly though because I liked the story so much. This had that appeal like an old classic love story. I would recommend it to fans of (The Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet), or (84,Charing cross road) ...more
At first I didn't know if Jen Lancaster was for real??!! But then she won me over and became a real person, through trial and error found her passionAt first I didn't know if Jen Lancaster was for real??!! But then she won me over and became a real person, through trial and error found her passion and true joy. I adore the strong, funny person who never lost herself but found her down to earth self in this memior. I'll look for more of her books to enjoy and let her vent. filled with wit and personality :D...more