★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Julia Gibson narrates Ms. Thomas' next installment of this charming series, as she does the rest, and I've g★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Julia Gibson narrates Ms. Thomas' next installment of this charming series, as she does the rest, and I've gotten quite used to her. While she doesn't have a wide range in voice differentiation, she does have subtle tone changes that make the characters work. In addition, she has a calm soothing voice, which is perfect for this series. Although, there is a bit of excitement in Chance of a Lifetime; someone is out to kill hunky Rick Matheson, the town lawyer!
I love returning to Harmony, as it is one of my top five favorite fantasy towns to which I'd move to in a heartbeat. There are a few new story-lines, and a few that move right along: Rick Matheson (Hank's cousin) and a woman riding in on a bike named Trace Adams; shy Emily Tomlinson & workaholic Tannon Parker; and stuttering country singer Beau Yates and a new, Mustang driving, mystery woman. Ronnie Logan pops up every now and then, just enough to pique my interest in what she's up to. Sure, it goes without saying, I missed Reagan Truman and Noah McAllen, the mainstays of the series; but, I trust Ms. Thomas will get back to them in the future.
I always experience the wide range of emotions when reading about small town Harmony, sharing the residents' smiles, laughter, tears, poignant moments, regrets, loneliness, joys, comforts and cozy feelings. Someone's story always gets continued in the next book, but there's always satisfaction for the main-liners of the current book....more
4/8/16 - Update. Okay, quite liking this one. Realized I've read it before, but not sure when. Possibly in high school? Also, realized I've seen★★★★✩
4/8/16 - Update. Okay, quite liking this one. Realized I've read it before, but not sure when. Possibly in high school? Also, realized I've seen the Hallmark movie of it, staring Jessica Lange.
Okay, finished this one. Well written, and a good example of life in Nebraska in the early part of the 20th Century. A little unrealistic, as far as a woman being able to be this successful, but still very good with regards to the mores of the time. The author makes you feel as if your in that time-period.
This book has two romance story-lines going, one with a tragic ending and one with a HEA. (view spoiler)[ The heroine is finally able to reach out and grasp her HEA manly due, I think, to her brother's ending so tragically. (hide spoiler)]
The one is very sad, a reason why I put off reading it, once I realized I had read it in my youth. (And seen the movie years ago.) I wasn't too keen on picking it back up. But, it is my "in person" book club selection this month, so thought I'd best. There are lots of good things in it, so I'd still recommend it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
★★★★✩ I've read this book through twice now. Wonderful book, especially if you've never read anything like it. Others will find this information elsew★★★★½✩ I've read this book through twice now. Wonderful book, especially if you've never read anything like it. Others will find this information elsewhere. I did a lot of the exercises and found them very useful....more
★★★★✩ I read this strictly because it is this month's BOM for my "in person" book club. I had a hard time deciding on a rating, as I'm not really a sc★★★★✩ I read this strictly because it is this month's BOM for my "in person" book club. I had a hard time deciding on a rating, as I'm not really a sci-fi reader and not a fan of doomsday theme (although, the author claims this book isn't science fiction, as it doesn't have the technological gizmos sci-fi writing usually does). So, consider that when looking at my rating.
Nonetheless, this is a post-apocalyptic novel that is a little different than the standard fare. Here we see what has happened down the road, which I liked. In an interview with The National Book Organization, Ms. Mandel says, "After the initial nightmare of societal collapse, what does the world look like twenty years down the line, when a new culture has begun to emerge? That was what I found myself most interested in writing about." So, after I kept cringing, waiting, and bracing myself for the worse possible scenario to happen to characters I was beginning to like, I got into the story.
I'm also not fond of books that bounce around in time or are done in flashbacks, but this one threaded the different timelines together well. Their placements were significant, had a sense of flow to them, and weren't jarring.
In this book dark and light walk hand-in-hand. The doomsday cult freaked me out, of course, which caused me to delay in figuring out the identity of the prophet. While the ending is not all neat and tidy with a bow on top, for me, it has a lot of hope for humanity.
I love Shakespeare, and art, and museums and they all blended in nicely into the story-line. Neat thinking about what I would carry with me and what I would contribute to the Museum of Civilization....more