The characters Maddie and Knox are beautifully developed and fully realistic in the emotions and actions. The author has a wonderful grasp of the inneThe characters Maddie and Knox are beautifully developed and fully realistic in the emotions and actions. The author has a wonderful grasp of the inner workings of the characters, they aren't just a vehicle to the plot. Instead, the story comes from the characters, and not the other way around. Both the main characters have made it their way to keep going somehow, even though there have been things that have happened to them that would stop others and make them just give up. They have chosen to make their own paths despite road blocks and hurdles that seem sometimes insurmountable. The secondary characters flesh out the main characters perfectly.
The story has much hope and determination, it makes you root for our characters to come through in the end, together, stronger. But there are many problems and misunderstandings along the way, just to keep the tension strong, and to keep readers guessing. It's not all roses and sunshine.
I couldn't put this down, I needed to know how it would turn out for Maddie and Knox. So beautiful. The author has a definite style and flair for the written word. I hope there is more to come....more
This was not my favourite Maeve Binchy book, but I still found it a good summer read with characters that are fleshed out and given backgrounds as allThis was not my favourite Maeve Binchy book, but I still found it a good summer read with characters that are fleshed out and given backgrounds as all good Binchy novels seem to have. There is a real "everday" with her books. All characters are not good nor bad. Children and youths are given equal importance and balance. A reader never can choose a side because Binchy writes about life and there are no sides when you take all sides into account. I like to read her stories when I want to feel a part of humanity and not like I am reading about something unfamiliar. They are comfort food for a lonely brain....more
If I were heading for a deserted island to spend some time alone, this is a book I would take because there are so many little facts and details and dIf I were heading for a deserted island to spend some time alone, this is a book I would take because there are so many little facts and details and dates and points of interest that I would never get tired of looking at it. I have used this book for reference more than any other on my shelf other than a dictionary. I wish it would self-update, because now I am missing the last 12 years from my Timechart. So much information, this is the perfect book for people who want to remember everything about history but just can't....more
Ramona makes you laugh, no matter your age. I found her in grade two when I was seven. She made me laugh then. I also found her to be a pest, but in tRamona makes you laugh, no matter your age. I found her in grade two when I was seven. She made me laugh then. I also found her to be a pest, but in the most pleasing way. You just felt what she felt, Cleary wrote a story you could understand and be a part of. You felt the same emotions Ramona felt when she was feeling them: sadness, frustration, childish joy, hurt, and love. I think girls should always be introduced to Ramona Quimby with a cat for an initial. Q with ears and whiskers to all who enjoy Ramona....more
I struggled with the first part of this book. I felt like the characters were sickeningly perfect, the situations too maudlin and sweet, and I didn'tI struggled with the first part of this book. I felt like the characters were sickeningly perfect, the situations too maudlin and sweet, and I didn't see how anyone was giving this good reviews, but I persevered with my love of Anne and L.M. Montgomery. As a fan of Maud, I am a junkie for the kind of flowery descriptions she infuses into all her works. She has a vocabulary that Anne Shirley inherited early on in her life, and I found that to be lacking in the storytelling, though present in Anne's early years of speaking her mind before heading to Green Gables. However, as the story went along, I was more interested in reading it. It was nice to aquaint myself with an Anne I only got in tiny glimpses from her bits of history she told Marilla and Matthew. It is always nice to spend some time with Anne, so while I am not certain this book needed to be, I am glad that it was there for me to read these past few days. ...more
Ahh. Adventure back on the high seas, where Lucky Jack Aubrey belongs. And now we see Stephen Mauritan at his craftiest agent bit yet in between his bAhh. Adventure back on the high seas, where Lucky Jack Aubrey belongs. And now we see Stephen Mauritan at his craftiest agent bit yet in between his bandaging, skull-opening, and grape-shot repairing. Aubrey is getting much more thoughtful, less brash, less the Aubrey we have come to expect. How will this play out for the rest of the series, I cannot say yet, but I am curious to find out. I enjoy many of O'Brian's phrasing: "Something, reflected Jack, something came over officers who reached flag-rank or the equivalent, something that made them get up on their hind legs and produce long measured periods with even longer pauses between them." Or Stephen's conclusion about babies: "No, no. I am not doggedly, mechanically set against them, though I freely admit I find most babies superfluous, and unnecessary." It is interesting to note how much joy the concept of home brings to Jack, though it has been a year since he has seen in and knows nothing about the son that was born to him months before, until the letter arrives, making him almost forget about the war he had been planning and waging for the whole previous book before the news arrives to him. This book was the most historic so far, setting our heroes right into proper history with real events, though fictionalized slightly. And now, the next adventure must surely await. See you there!...more