A heartbreaking work of art, four brilliant, shining lives, no longer. I do believe I have fallen even more in love with Carolyn Bessette Kennedy .. aA heartbreaking work of art, four brilliant, shining lives, no longer. I do believe I have fallen even more in love with Carolyn Bessette Kennedy .. and miss her and John so. ...more
Fantasy fairytale lovers unite! What a discussion a group can have with the spectacular writing in this novel by brilliant author Fredrik Backman. MyFantasy fairytale lovers unite! What a discussion a group can have with the spectacular writing in this novel by brilliant author Fredrik Backman. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry needs zero forgiveness here -- a majority round of five stars sends this clever vision into our galaxy of favorites. It's about being different and saving the world because that's what unique people do. It's about speaking up and rebelling even when it's known that quietness doesn't disappoint.
Setting the sweet messages aside, to get this book you must embrace your sense of humor and set free your imagination because sassy, bullied, and highly intelligent almost-eight-year-old Elsa -- with the spellcheck-lacking written letter guidance of her likewise ironically smart and smart-ass grandma -- has places to go, people to see, and most beautifully, apologies to give. There may be frustration. There definitely are mysteries. This is a scavenger hunt where relationship dynamics are interwoven so crazy interestingly and ingeniously. This is a book about a remarkable grandmother with a mission; a group of characters in a castle, bizarre, ordinary, damaged, and drained; and a granddaughter who saves them all -- wordily, whimsically, pretty much perfectly, with an ending all fairytales deserve.
I will always believe I'm the fortunate recipient of my angels' gifts. These signs they are a plenty when you gather them together over the years. YetI will always believe I'm the fortunate recipient of my angels' gifts. These signs they are a plenty when you gather them together over the years. Yet they seem to arrive after a length of guardian quietness when I do begin to yearn. Sometimes they come in bunches, as if my loves are eagerly trying to tell me something. I believe this beautiful book is another sacred teaching.
Thank you, Author Robert Allen, for asking me to read your novel. Your written words here are together one just shy of a handful of sweet angel wisdoms I have surprisingly received over the last week. I am so very grateful.
This read shares Author Cecelia Ahern's vibe and, in a much more complex way, the movie Sliding Doors' premise. But truly there's no comparing this intriguing spiritual journey. Mildly suspenseful and spanning generations in its unique way, I loved this book. And I love books that make us better people, make us think. When we know better, we do better, right? Yes, we do. We should. We better. What really, really floats my boat is how Author Allen's own ancestry plight fuels his writing mind. It is when we witness tragedy or loss, pain, fear or despair, when we actually see it or feel it upon ourselves that our eyes become open. This is when our purpose in this lifetime, and perhaps quite interestingly, another, is revealed. It is when our gratitude shines and we share our hope and grace with others. Failed Moments is a lovely book, ripe full of faith and reincarnation, spirituality, just a myriad of thoughts and beliefs, and yet most wonderfully what I will forever believe are my angels. Fly on; do good; drink up the love. ...more
The paths we take in life, the choices we make, whether on a whim or in contemplation, they guide us to beautiful people -- friends and/or lovers whoThe paths we take in life, the choices we make, whether on a whim or in contemplation, they guide us to beautiful people -- friends and/or lovers who change our lives forever in what remains, irrevocably, and oh so very sweetly. And my dear friend with whom I have so much in common in this life pathway of grace has now stepped out of her comfort zone and accomplished the dream she has always wished for, the one she's spent decades dreaming of: Kate Kisset is now an amazing writer and author in her one wild and precious life. Here in Just a Kiss she has written book one of a playful, tantalizing love story, where cooking awakens your senses, vineyards grow with your heart, and friendships keep you safe. Set yourself free, too, at home Bella Villa, full of sunshine on a vineyard ripe with luscious grape garden love in sensual Sonoma, California. Join friends Sarah Dupont, Danica, Juliet, and Lulu for wine Chill Hour and fun conversation -- everything a girl needs; I teleported myself there every time -- where you'll cheer, and critique, the love story of Vine Cafe owner and talented baker Sarah and gorgeous movie star Jamie Santino. For her, he's just too good to be true. For him, he wonders where her mesmerizing soul and good grip on reality have been all of his fortunate life. They're two young beauties lucky in love, and I can't wait to see what's next for all in this series. I love this book and the wine it savors. As for now, I am just so very proud of you, Kate. Write on, lovely. Write on forever. xo...more
She's a new, emerging writing spirit with background experience in admirable magazine publishing, this bright and beautiful Author Jessica Knoll, writ She's a new, emerging writing spirit with background experience in admirable magazine publishing, this bright and beautiful Author Jessica Knoll, writer of talk-of-the-town novel Luckiest Girl Alive, our September read. Jessica is brave and bold, in our eyes. The scrutiny under the reader and rating microscope is harsh, and especially so for this debut novel. But that's what's so spectacular about it. Some of us dislike it. Others like and really like it, with a 4/5-star average. What kind of a book does this; holds one captivated while turning off another? We had to know.
So we entered the life of TifAni FaNelli, where character name alone set off wary alarms. What we found is a harsh, superficial woman, seemingly slightly psychotic, a soul we wanted no part of. But as Author Jessica so expertly wrote on, as she went below the surface and introduced us to more humanity, good and bad, the Mindful Readers fell deeper and deeper into a disturbing, horrific story of a young girl so severely damaged by insecurities and experiences that steal the soul and break the heart, desperately searching for the one authentic-self light we all must protect. This book is real life. And I mean really real life. And that's what grabs ahold of you and forces the turning of page after page. This is vulnerability exposed, written in cringeworthy words. So we recommend you give this twist-and-turning book a go, where in this case I'd say the cover-laden single black rose symbolism rings true: "The beginning of new things, courage and resistance, a journey into unexplored territory, a symbol of mutiny and strength, the birth of a new era of hope and joy." You'll no doubt find out just who ultimately is the luckiest of all....more
As I sat around my book club girls tonight, I think what I found most beautiful about our book choice for February was how much my fellow bookies fellAs I sat around my book club girls tonight, I think what I found most beautiful about our book choice for February was how much my fellow bookies fell in love with this story, the story being The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, written by Gabrielle Zevin. I loved their smiles of joy for the awesomeness of this novel.
We love books, of course. We are lured to bookstores in our daydreams. We long for their comforting aisles. As moms and friends, we are hopeful souls. We evolve. We transform. We live for our monthly book club evenings, where in two hours we share our own storied lives. We cry, for lots of reasons, sometimes for the same reason A.J. does. Sometimes when books like A.J. write close to home.
When a book blooms all of these wonderfully emotional things, it's a marvelous gift. And the gift of A.J. Fikry and his celebrated life is yours to open and then forever place on the bookshelf of your heart. So sail off to his bookstore home on Alice Island, live in his rows of pages for a time, befriend his book-loving friends and family, listen to their book club voices, relate to A.J.'s lonely mind, watch him grow when life gives him the most wondrous of sweet surprises, then close his book and love life big, the A.J. way.
"Come on, Sweetheart. Let's adore one another before there is no more of you and me." - Rumi ...more