After just reading "If I Stay", I was a bit worried that this book would also be very emotional, I am glad to say it was very light reading. Don't getAfter just reading "If I Stay", I was a bit worried that this book would also be very emotional, I am glad to say it was very light reading. Don't get me wrong, in places it was sad but there was a lot of laughter to balance the book out.
main character is Sophie, she has just lost her husband to cancer, and is struggling to deal with her grief, and is just trying to get through the day. At first her marketing job starts to go downhill, then she starts breaking down in the supermarket, Sophie then gives away all of furniture before leaving California for Oregon to join her best friend. Sophie decides once in Oregon to become a "big sister" to a teenage girl, Crystal. Crystal is a very mixed up teenager and Sophie helps to fix her troubles but along the way Crystal helps her as well. Sophie is taken on as a waitress in a local restaurant which leads to hilarious consequences and results in a job in the kitchen leading to her opening her own bakery.
The story is similar to "P.S I love you" with Becky Bloomwood from the Shopaholic series thrown in. It has a sadness to it but with plenty of laughs thrown in. Especially when she advises someone her emergency contact is George Clooney. I liked this book and was surprised by how much....more
There are some books that you always remember and this is certainly one of them. I don't think that I can do it enough justice, but I will certainly tThere are some books that you always remember and this is certainly one of them. I don't think that I can do it enough justice, but I will certainly try.
Mia is a teenager who is hugely talented, in love, has a wonderful best friend and more importantly an understanding but hip family. In a second her life is torn apart by a car accident.
The story is broken up by time, Forman writes part of Mia's story in present time and also in flashbacks of her life. This was a fantastic way to get the emotions in you going (it most certainly did, I cried on a train packed with commuters!!!). Music plays a huge part in the story, and this really helps you to understand each character and their connection with the music but also as to what they love about each other.
As mentioned previously, this book is very moving but not always in a depressing way. In fact it makes you relate to the characters and you feel what they feel. Ultimately this book is about love - for your partner, family, friends and music, and how the love you have people influences the decisions we make in life.
If you loved the Lovely Bones, you will almost certainly love this. By far the best book I have read since the Twilight Saga....more
I read this book as it was featured a few years ago on "Richard and Judy's Book Club", and I was not dissappointed by it.
The story is separated into dI read this book as it was featured a few years ago on "Richard and Judy's Book Club", and I was not dissappointed by it.
The story is separated into different parts, three is in 3rd person narrative and two in 1st person narrative in the forms of letters. The parts written as letters I enjoyed the most as they just focused on the thoughts and feelings of just May and Ida.
The two main characters are Ida and May. Ida is a teenager when the story begins, she is a real daddy's girl and is desperate to go with him to show the 40 year old movie star, Errol Flynn around the island of Jamaica. However she is forced by her unwell mother to go and visit her grandmother in the mountains. However, Ida does eventually meet Errol and as soon as she does she is besotted with him. The first part of the story focuses on this meeting and how their relationship develops. It ends with Ida having to deal with the aftermath of their relationship. The second part is full of letters from Ida to all of her friends and family, detailing her life in New York, this is when you really get to know Ida and start to understand her goals and feelings.
You get to know May in the next two parts of the book, it focuses on her life and the way she deals with the return of her mother and step-father, the move to her a new home, and the relationships she has with other characters in the book. Part 3 follows letters from May to various characters, from college in Switzerland. You really start to see the effects that her mother leaving her and her not knowing her father has on her, her life and her relationships with men.
The remaining parts of the book focus on what the effects of a new government and Independence has on Jamaica and all the characters. You also learn more about Errol and why he stayed in Jamaica without having anything to do with May.
I really liked this book, it was chick lit with some mystery thrown in. I will definitely be looking out for more books by this author. ...more
This is your typical Danielle Steel book, you have a main character, Hope who has had a tragedy occur before the book begins and you are left for 100This is your typical Danielle Steel book, you have a main character, Hope who has had a tragedy occur before the book begins and you are left for 100 pages wondering what it was! She then finds happiness with a new man, who happens to be a well known author and very attractive. Skip another 100 pages and Hope starts having problems in the relationship and she suffers another tragedy. However, our Heroine Hope does get a happy ending as most Danielle Steel books do.
Please do not think that I did not like this book as I did - it is just after reading many books Danielle Steel writes in a familiar pattern. This is a an easy read and one I enjoyed reading. ...more
I found this book incredibly hard to get into. I didn't start caring about any of the characters until around the 150 page mark. However, after then iI found this book incredibly hard to get into. I didn't start caring about any of the characters until around the 150 page mark. However, after then it was totally engrossing!
The book is written from the perspective of two of the characters, Roseanne and Dr. Grene. Roseanne is writing her life story in her own words, and Dr. Grene writes about his own life along with his observations and findings on Roseanne's life. Dr. Grene writes in a logical fashion, whereas Roseanne writes as she is thinking, and at times both can be confusing.
Roseanne had an incredibly hard and traumatic life up until her admission into the asylum, which wasn't helped by the interference of the local Priest, FR. Gaunt and her mother in-law. I believe you are not meant to like Fr. Graunt, and I can honestly say I hated him. I understand that in the years that this book was set, the churches had a larger role in everyone's life but this man to me was out to get Roseanne and her family from the start. I really liked the way that the way Roseanne remembers events is different to what actually happened, at certain times it definately made me gasp out loud.
The descriptive portions of this book are superb, you can really visualise the surroundings, smells and noise. It is all written in a very poetic manner.
If you do pick this up or have it to read, please persevere if you struggle because it is well worth it! ...more
This is a novel which focuses on the complicated hierarchy and traditions of the Japenese, in the late 1800's. The main character is Sachi, who was adThis is a novel which focuses on the complicated hierarchy and traditions of the Japenese, in the late 1800's. The main character is Sachi, who was adopted into a working class family as a baby and then taken into service at the royal palace by the new shogun's princess. Sachi is then chosen to be the shogun's concubine. The story follows Sachi's life as the concubine and then the consequences this has on her in the future. It is ultimately a love story but with a lot of history.
I did enjoy the book but it was not an easy read. I found I had to read it in small doses due to the amount of information. The conversation narrative is limited as there is so much historical information and this is why I found it difficult. However, the descriptions were very detailed and you could really picture the scene.