So I've re-read this for about the 3rd of 4th time and it amazes me that even after all those times of reading it, I can still feel as passionately abSo I've re-read this for about the 3rd of 4th time and it amazes me that even after all those times of reading it, I can still feel as passionately about this book as I did the first, second, third and forth time.
J K Rowling is quite honestly a genius. This book is totally unfaultable, lacks in nothing, excels in everything.
The characters come to life, the location comes to life, everything in this book comes to life, it's as though you've been totally swept into an alternative lifestyle, one that could almost be believable due to JK's ability to transport you so effectively.
I will keep on reading and re-reading this series. This is the best series in the world and I could read this book one hundred times and it still wouldn't be boring. ...more
This wasn't fictional as I thought it was but I gave it a go anyway, for lack of anything else to read at the time and it was okay but just not for meThis wasn't fictional as I thought it was but I gave it a go anyway, for lack of anything else to read at the time and it was okay but just not for me. I love reading about China and Chinese history but in fictional form. I'm not a massive non fiction reader....more
I like Christian fiction. I really do. The genre usually consists of very easy and unchallenging read,s usually following the same kind of plot line -I like Christian fiction. I really do. The genre usually consists of very easy and unchallenging read,s usually following the same kind of plot line - romantic suspense of some kind and don't therefore require much thinking or effort on my part whilst reading. The downside being to expect some form of preaching (this book had it in abundance) but if you are kind of a believer like I am, it doesn't really go down too badly...
Daughters of Joy therefore was another good yet unremarkable christian book, no different to another christian book I read immediately before it (I must be going through a christian lit phases or something!), totally undistinguishable in fact.
But worthy of a solid three stars nonetheless. It kept me interested, it kept me turning the pages and I felt totally and completely invested in the characters which is the sign of a good read, for sure.
Daughters of Joy concerns Abbie Stanton, a housekeeper to be at the local ranch following a series of personal problems that she wishes to escape from. The story tells the tale of Abbie and her new employer and the love that soon develops between them, of which both resist due to personal circumstances.
Abbie is a totally likeable character and I rooted for her the whole time. She is a strongminded woman, a bit of a religious obsessive but nonetheless a likeable, gentle person. This in contrast with the character of her employer, a rash, immediately unlikeable badly tempered and hostile man, made for interesting reading. He mellows out however and you end up kinda liking him in the end.
I felt that even for a christian book, the preaching bits were quite heavy and repetitive, more so than a lot of christian books I've read where the messages have been inferred rather than directly preached in some cases, so this book wouldn't be worth a read for those who are totally against this. I have read that many christian fiction books now, that I am fairly used to it however felt that some of the preaching in this book was unnecessary and didn't further the plot in anyway, so, it could have been toned down somewhat.
I found this likeable enough to want to continue with the rest of the series and do that, I shall.
A good if not predictable read from Kathleen Morgan.
I initially enjoyed all the stuff in the beginning about his early life, how he got into cycling etc etc but after that iI really struggled with this.
I initially enjoyed all the stuff in the beginning about his early life, how he got into cycling etc etc but after that it was just a repetition of winning competition after competition and it just all seemed a bit "samey" to me.
I like cycling thanks to my cyclist fanatic better half and have read a few books recommended to me by him but this one wasnt the best one.
If you want something a lot more interesting Id suggest Lances first book or Dave Millar's autobiography. Far better....more