Dixie Dupree’s observations about her life and the people in it create a vivid world that is sometimes funny, sometimes agonizing, that always feels vDixie Dupree’s observations about her life and the people in it create a vivid world that is sometimes funny, sometimes agonizing, that always feels very real. She finds that life can be ugly, even brutal, and she faces it all with incredible strength and resilience.
There’s no gentle way to tell such a story such as this and still have it ring true. In this magnificent debut novel, Everhart writes with gritty realism and shines a harsh light on the ugliness of abuse. This isn’t an easy read sometimes, but stories that deal with abuse shouldn’t be easy to read. They should make the reader feel intensely uncomfortable and empathetic towards the character that suffers through it. The Education of Dixie Dupree absolutely does this. Being told through the eyes of a child makes it even more poignant and, in the end, triumphant.
Dixie Dupree, with her spirited tenacity and courage, is going to linger in my mind for quite some time.
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Seed of Satan tells the story of twins William and Michael Weiss. Despite being twins, William and Michael couldn’t be more different. William’s persoSeed of Satan tells the story of twins William and Michael Weiss. Despite being twins, William and Michael couldn’t be more different. William’s personality is much like that of his German father: arrogant, disdainful of his supposed inferiors, and fiercely loyal to Germany. Michael is a kinder, gentler soul who had little in common with either his brother or his father, feeling a greater kinship with his English grandparents. It’s no surprise that when war breaks out, they find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.
Karl Ziegler is a chemistry student, working on his Masters degree in the immunology field. His work catches the attention of military agents looking for researchers whose work might potentially lead to the creation of new weapons. Specializing in germ theory, Karl is promptly recruited and sent to a top secret lab where the goal is to create a devastating biological weapon to use against Germany’s enemies.
Fans of historical fiction will find it hard to put down this impressive debut novel from Simon Laffy. His writing style keeps the reader engaged throughout, with vivid characters in credible situations that fit the circumstances and chaos of wartime.
I enjoyed reading this book very much, and I’ll be watching for future novels from this author. If you enjoy historical fiction, you don’t want to miss out on this one!
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This is the first novel of Amanda Prowse’s I’ve ever read, but I guarantee you it won’t be the last. My Husband’s Wife is the very definition of a pagThis is the first novel of Amanda Prowse’s I’ve ever read, but I guarantee you it won’t be the last. My Husband’s Wife is the very definition of a page-turner: once I started, I didn’t want to put it down. I was consumed with the need to read as much as possible, only stopping when my Kindle powered down, or when I was so tired I couldn’t keep my eyes open for one more second. I’m no stranger to getting caught up in a story, but I can honestly say it was the first time in many, many years that I fell asleep with a book (or rather, Kindle) slipping out of my hand. But who needs plenty of sleep when you’re in the middle of reading such a fantastic story?
Before I get into any of the more solemn aspects of the story, I have to say I absolutely adored Naomi and Leona! To say they’re “mischievous” is putting it mildly sometimes. I had more than one laugh out loud moment when it came to those two, and I could so easily picture them in my mind. They were truly delightful to read about.
Having read the cover and the synopsis, I knew from the start that Rosie’s husband was going to leave her; it was just a matter of when it would happen. So I had an attitude towards Phil from the beginning, even more so after seeing that Rosie was so likable and loving towards her family. I felt very protective of Rosie early on, for reasons I won’t spoil in this review, and I despised Phil for leaving her. (Even more so for his timing, but I won’t go into that, either.)
Rosie’s heartbreak and disillusionment are painful to read about. She’s completely shattered and struggling to cope. Rosie is grieving and longs for things to be like they used to be. None of it feels over the top, or too dramatic. Prowse wrote these passages beautifully; the emotions are raw, conflicted, and always feel very true-to-life. Just when you think nothing else can happen to make things worse for her, something happens to make her feel even more alone. Without going into any details, there are few key devastating moments Rosie goes through that really riled me up, and a few more names were added to the list of characters who disgusted me by doing Rosie wrong. She also had her champions—more than one that surprised me in some way— and found out some much-needed truths along the way.
As for the ending? Let’s just say I was very happy with it, and finished reading with a smile on my face.
If you’ve never read Amanda Prowse before, treat yourself to a copy of this book. I think you’ll be glad you did. It will likely cause you to stay up too late reading it, but it’s definitely worth the lost sleep—this is a Book Worth Reading.
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I’m having trouble deciding how I feel about this book. While I didn’t want to read a detailed accounting of all the abuse Tucker went through in herI’m having trouble deciding how I feel about this book. While I didn’t want to read a detailed accounting of all the abuse Tucker went through in her first marriage, I expected that most of the book would deal with that, given the title and subtitle of the book. Instead, the largest part of the book consisted of the stories of other abuse survivors and discussion about male headship. All topics were interesting to read, but the reason I chose to read this book was an interest in Ruth’s story. I knew there was more to the book than that, but I assumed that would make up the larger portion of the book.
That’s not to say I didn’t find it interesting. I did. Reading Tucker’s ideas on what constituted a good marriage and how male headship should be interpreted was thought-provoking, and she raised several good points in regard to the latter that made a lot of sense to me.
(I suppose it should be noted that I’m not very religious myself, and my beliefs are not based on the doctrines of any particular denomination.)
It wasn’t quite the book I expected it to be; still, it was a good book overall, and I’m glad I read it.
I received an advance review copy of this book courtesy of Netgalley and Zondervan in exchange for an honest review....more