This is a heart warming, beautifully written gem of a book with an uplifting and faith promoting message about the power of love and hope. The charact...moreThis is a heart warming, beautifully written gem of a book with an uplifting and faith promoting message about the power of love and hope. The characters are varied, endearing, and unforgettable. I want to hug every one of them. The late 1940's story, told from a young girl's perspective, sometimes made me laugh out loud, at other times tugged at my heart strings, and constantly kept me wondering what would happen next. I will definitely be reading more of Tatlock's books. Audio version exceptionally well done. Highly recommend to all readers, all ages. Favorite quotes: “I decided that faith must be the strongest thing in the world, because an ounce of it can change the course of an entire life.” -Nova Tierney “And if I curse God, Mrs. Tierney? What then? If I turn away from him, what do I turn toward? …No. Better to keep one’s face toward heaven, even if you are angry with God, than to turn away and find nothing at all.” -Josef Karski “Funny how even a grain of hope can manage to eclipse a whole world of despair.” -Nova Tierney(less)
An engrossing, powerful read, to which I was riveted until its triumphant ending, this novel tells the stories of three individuals in the immediate a...moreAn engrossing, powerful read, to which I was riveted until its triumphant ending, this novel tells the stories of three individuals in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War.
Sam, a former runaway slave, now an educated successful man who is passionate about freedom, leaves his home & respectable position of employment in Philadelphia, on a desperate journey of 1,000 miles to find his wife whom he has not seen for 15 years.
Tilda, his wife, still considered as “property” by her brutal master who would kill her as he has his other slaves, has no concept of the word”freedom,” and cannot fathom where she would go or what she would do without her master.
Prudence, a wealthy white woman from Boston determined to start a school “for coloreds,” has newly arrived in Mississippi and faces obstacles never considered and an unrevealed past personal history that will shake her world
The realistic lives of these three are intertwined, along with lesser characters’ stories. Heartfelt, poignant, at times horrifying, the book clearly illustrates the inhumanity of antebellum slavery culture, along with an illustration of the most uplifting and praiseworthy nature of humans. Great character development, realistic, believable, some of the characters based on actual individuals and events. It is a book that will affect me for a long time. Audio version. A masterful job done by Sean Crisden, the narrator.(less)
Fun, witty, light mystery with a little romance. Amelia Peabody is delightful, as are the other characters. Reminds me of Alexander McCall Smith's #1...moreFun, witty, light mystery with a little romance. Amelia Peabody is delightful, as are the other characters. Reminds me of Alexander McCall Smith's #1 Ladies Detective Agency series.(less)
Picoult is a gifted writer and this was a compelling, well crafted read with believable characters, but I just didn't love it. The subject and moral d...morePicoult is a gifted writer and this was a compelling, well crafted read with believable characters, but I just didn't love it. The subject and moral dilemmas are difficult and unpleasant, and really I am a prude when it comes to language and casual teenage sex. That being said, the story stayed with me, the dilemmas haunted me, and the characters were sympathetic, but I wanted to hit the mother upside her head for placing her career before her daughter, and I felt the happy ending was too convenient. Nevertheless,the woman can write.(less)
This is a critique of upper class New York society at the end of the nineteenth century, and the story of the rise and fall of Lily Bart, a beautiful,...moreThis is a critique of upper class New York society at the end of the nineteenth century, and the story of the rise and fall of Lily Bart, a beautiful, penniless, and tragic socialite. She was the product of an environment that was both rewarding and condemning of her, by effect of her upbringing, to be chronically anxious. To paraphrase another goodreads reviewer, Lily never betrayed her inner sense of decency or dignity. She didn't stoop to blackmail. She didn't stoop to selling her body. She didn't intentionally hurt anyone. To her own detriment she went out of her way to protect others' from distress and damaging reputations. And she didn't waste her spirit in hatred, revenge, or blame. She just tired out. And in her circumstances, like so many woman of that age, she hits a wall. Other readers have been critical of her failure to change her circumstances, abandon her fair weather friends, pull herself up by the bootstraps and get a real job. But get real...that was then, this is now, and we are talking about two radically different worlds. Women in that century, and especially in her circumstances, had little opportunity to create a new lives for themselves. Lily was a witty, resourceful, admirable woman of great moral character living in a reprehensible society. And as usual Wharton created a compelling story and vivid description of the world she knew well.(less)