In the 1930's depression, and elderly black man shows up in a small town in Louisiana. He shows up at the shack of two women and begs for food. To repIn the 1930's depression, and elderly black man shows up in a small town in Louisiana. He shows up at the shack of two women and begs for food. To repay them he does a couple odd jobs for them but the soon see his worth and ask him to stay. For room and board, he continues to do odd jobs for them.
Before he happens to their shack, he saw a horrific hit and run which becomes the center of the story.
Historical in setting 'Jonah' has a bit that will appeal to many. It is historical fiction, crime mystery, war, and a hint of supernatural. There is a lot to love and I did love it. There was one confusing part in the book. There was a war with Germany that took place and it wasn't clear to the reader, what war. The only war I know of around the time that involved Germany was the Spanish Civil War and it was too early to be the start of World War II. Even though this book is fiction, I think a war should be explain in a historical piece. Even a footnote at the end with an author explanation of how he may have changed the dates of a war to fit with the story. Apart for that, this was a riveting story that I highly recommend....more
Jane Austen, Rupert Brooke, John Ruskin, Agatha Christe, Beatrix Potter, Roald Dahl, Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, Winston Churchill, Laurence SterJane Austen, Rupert Brooke, John Ruskin, Agatha Christe, Beatrix Potter, Roald Dahl, Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, Winston Churchill, Laurence Sterne, George Bernard Shaw, Ted Hughes, Henry James, John Clare, Thomas Hardy, Robert Burns, William Wordworth, Walter Scott, and Rudyard Kipling each have their own chapter in this book. What do they all have in common? They all loved and got inspiration from their gardens.
The Writer's Garden is a coffee table style book stuffed full with pictures of the author's gardens. I know some coffee style books are best for browsing rather than reading but believe me, if you are a literature lover or fans of any of the authors in this book, you will want to read it!
Jackie Bennett talks about each author's garden but also about the authors themselves. For instance, she talks about Jane Austen's childhood, siblings, and the one man who "left a deep impression on Jane- it was to be her only true affair of the heart." She covers the authors from childhood to death.
The photographs by Richard Hanson, left a lasting impression on me. I felt like I was walking in each garden with the authors I read about. The photos and writing go together seamlessly.
I love this book so much that I already ordered a copy for my mother in-law. She loved classic authors and I know she has read several of these. It will be the perfect gift for her. My one and only grip with it is that I find coffee style books hard to hold and get comfortable with to read. I would love a companion book that has just the written part. Something I can curl up with.
Highly Recommended! It would make the perfect gift for literature lovers!...more
‘I Stand Corrected’ opens with Javier taking his wife, Rosario, shopping to pick out her own gift. She really doesn’t want one but finally goes into a‘I Stand Corrected’ opens with Javier taking his wife, Rosario, shopping to pick out her own gift. She really doesn’t want one but finally goes into a pet shop to take a look. Javier sees a dog that he likes and encourage her to adopt it but when she saw a black cat, she knew she wanted him and named him Balou.
Balou and Rosario are the narrators through the book. Balou tells us how he ended up at a pet shop and how he fell in love with Rosario. He found out pretty early on that Rosario needed someone to protect her and he even missed some very important siestas to do so.
With a cat narrating the book, some may assume it is a light read but you would be mistaken. Yes, there is humor in it but the dark subject of spousal abuse is at its core. Having been at the receiving end with my first husband, I can attest that Asedegbega does an excellent job writing about this touchy, important subject. She does it in such a way that the reader is entertained yet horrified at the same time.
This is a difficult book for me, it brings me back to my first marriage that lasted only one year. I was lucky that things happen that year that gave me the strength to get out early. Plus I had the support of my parents and siblings. I have noticed some reviewers wonder why Rosario didn’t leave at the first signs of abuse. However, I remember feeling like ‘a deer in headlights” at the time it was happening to me. My self esteem back then was not strong and he made threats about if I ever left and I believed him. I even felt sorry for him. He was a master manipulator, much like Javier in the book. He did not carry out those threats.
I have grown from that experience and found my self-confidence with work. I can’t imagine getting myself into that situation again. I actually loved my single life, once I gain the confidence. However, several years later, I met Bill and after a year, agreed to marry him. I have not regretted it! I hit the husband jackpot with Bill and he spoils me, when I allow it. In June, we celebrated our 18 year wedding anniversary and are still best friends.
I know I digress from my review, however, I thought it was important to share my personal experience. This book is the first book in a series and I hope for Rosario and all abused women, that their gain their voice and strength to leave like I did. Even if you don’t have friends or family who can help you, there is a way out. You just have to take that leap of faith. There are agencies that will help you find a safe place to live if you are worried he may go looking for you. I hide myself for a time.
If you are in an abusive relationship, you can do a internet search using “domestic abuse services” to find an agency in your area, that can help. You can do it at your workplace or go to a library so your spouse won’t find your search.
I loved “I Stand Corrected’ however, I don’t know if I will read the sequel, only because it brought back my past life, much like post traumatic stress. I read it in two days and I got very little sleep. I just couldn’t turn off those tapes of my past life in my head. That said, I highly recommend it!
This is Patricia Asedegbega’s first book written in English but she has other books written in Spanish. I hope that she will release her Spanish books translated in English!...more