What could be better than a story of learning to forgive yourself, finding true love, and great vintage clothes? Filled with fun and still very real cWhat could be better than a story of learning to forgive yourself, finding true love, and great vintage clothes? Filled with fun and still very real characters "A Vintage Affair" is the kind of story I want to hurry to find out what happens but I don't want it to end. How great is that in a book?
As Phoebe Swift tries to recover from a tragedy for which she feels responsible she leaves her job in the vintage clothes department of a famous auction house to open her own vintage clothing store. All the while dealing with her parents divorce, her mother's mid-life crisis, her father's later in life baby (and very young new wife), her budding romance with an older man, and her new friendship with a rather odd but also rather wonderful reporter.
During all this she meets Therese, an elderly French woman selling her vintage clothes while putting her affairs in order. In somewhat parallel stories we learn both Phoebe and Therese need to find forgiveness in their hearts for themselves.
There are great messages of forgiving yourself, forgiving others, loving yourself, loving others, and mostly of having hope. I truly loved this book and kind of hope we may hear from Phoebe Swift again....more
I enjoyed this book. There was a little too much graphic detail of pig slaughter and there's only so much farming detail I find interesting but, all iI enjoyed this book. There was a little too much graphic detail of pig slaughter and there's only so much farming detail I find interesting but, all in all I enjoyed the story.
Perry has an interesting voice and I took me a while to get into the rhythm and pattern of his writing. His stories of his families lives and history are very touching. He doesn't sugar coat life's difficulties and tragedies.
He and his family live a life I don't think I could live but, I admire the way they live it.
There are truly touching moments as well as funny moments. Most of all there are relate-able moments. Why they live a life I couldn't live but, their life is a life we all know. The ups and downs, the happy and sad, the mundane.
I look forward to reading more of his work and get to know his interesting life even better....more
How do you wan to get old? What things will matter to you as you age? Five very different southern women, in different stages of the aging process leaHow do you wan to get old? What things will matter to you as you age? Five very different southern women, in different stages of the aging process learn about life, love, and friendship in this lovely story.
Todd Johnson does a very good job in writing for a woman's point of view. The story is nicely paced and brings each woman's story to a satisfying conclusion. There's some real insight to what it means to grow old, when you body won't let you do what you used to do or when your body is fine but your mind has gone somewhere else.
What made this book was the relationship these five women had with one and other. How simple acts of kindness can touch the lives of, not only those who are shown kindness, but also those who show that kindness.
While this is a quick read, there is a lot said in this book. It is well worth a read. ...more
This was not my favorite Alice Hoffman book. The last I read I think was the "Ice Queen" and I did enjoy that one, mostly. The last couple of books I This was not my favorite Alice Hoffman book. The last I read I think was the "Ice Queen" and I did enjoy that one, mostly. The last couple of books I've read by her have been darker than the earlier books.
This one was especially dark and a little depressing, actually a lot depressing. It kept coming at me like a one, two punch. The characters were not always very likable.
All that being said, I'm glad I stuck with it. The ending was satisfying and the characters rebounded through all the horrors their lives had seen to become full and content people.
I do miss the lighter Hoffman books and while all of her novels tend to deal with heavy emotional and life issues, the last few have been particularly heavy. But again, I have to remind myself that she always pulls off, not quite a happily every after ending but more of a real life happy ending....more
I hate when I write a review, get more than half way through, then hit the wrong key and erase the whole thing. Oh well, here we go again.
I do enjoy tI hate when I write a review, get more than half way through, then hit the wrong key and erase the whole thing. Oh well, here we go again.
I do enjoy this series. Even though it's none to hard to figure out "who done it" the characters are enjoyable and the town holds some interest so it's a nice read.
This story's plot revolves around a hometown boy Grady Barber coming home after to judge an "America's Got Talent" type contest. The once semi-popular now mostly C list celebrity has attitude to spare and of course meets his end while in town.
Acting as his assistant at the time of the murder Aggie Sloan-Wilcox sets out once again to figure out the culprit. There's a sub plot about a traveling circus/tent revival and it's leader Sister Nora's past with Grady Barber.
It shouldn't be to hard to guess what happened but that's okay. The reason I read these is the characters more than the plot and they were just as entertaining this time....more
This was an odd book. This was a very odd book. This is the kind of book where you wish you knew the author so you could call him and say “Dude, whatThis was an odd book. This was a very odd book. This is the kind of book where you wish you knew the author so you could call him and say “Dude, what the ……”. There were times I really liked this book, there were times I really loved this book, and times when I wanted to chuck it across the room while cursing it.
I’m going to start with a few of the things that made me a little crazy. There was a complete lack of quotation marks. I’m not sure what Crummey was trying to say, if anything, but it did take me a bit to get into the rhythm of not having quotes when characters spoke. Then there’s the fact that until well into the second half of this book I had no idea when it was taking place. And if it wasn’t for the family tree at the front of the book I don’t know if I would have been able to keep all the characters straight and let me tell you there were a lot of characters.
Now, the things I really liked and even loved about this book. It always kept me guessing. I had no idea where is was going and I loved being along for the ride. We follow the people of Paradise Deep and the Gut for more than 100 years. I love books where, really, the location is the star-the story. Oddly enough a Fannie Flagg book comes to mind when I think of this. Standing in the Rainbow is another book that while following members of the same family were see the progression of a town over time and how much things change but also how things stay the same. But clear warning this is nothing like Fannie Flagg. The language is rough and course like the people of the towns. Their lives are graphic and sometimes crude.Their actions are sometime shocking.
There’s such an odd (I use that word a lot about this book) beauty about this book. There were times I felt like I was in the middle of a foreign movie. Where I didn’t understand exactly what was happening but I could tell what was going on. I don’t know if that made any sense but like I said this book had me work for it. And don’t even get me started on the ending. I’ve changed my mind at least six times on what I think happened.
I had a hard time, at times, getting through this and found myself going back a few pages to try to get a grasp of what was going on and it reminded me of something. I while back when Oprah had just started her book club she had Toni Morrison on discussing her book Paradise. And Oprah had mentioned that she had to keep going back over sections to understand what was happening and Toni Morrison said in that great voice of hers (and if you haven’t heard her speak you should. I wonder if she does the reading on any of her audio books, oh-sorry, I digress) anyway she says “My dear, that’s why the call it reading.”
I’ve always loved that quote. You see I’m a gal who can enjoy an easy read. Give me a cozy mystery or a fluffy romance and I can be happy as pie. But when you really get to read, get in there and work for it, well-that’s something special. And this book was something special.
Thanks to Other Press for sending me a copy of Galore....more
One of the problems with reading a series is sometimes the author loses their way with characters or story lines and end up just writing to complete aOne of the problems with reading a series is sometimes the author loses their way with characters or story lines and end up just writing to complete another story. The last few Agatha Raisin novels have fallen into that rut.
Luckily there's been a little rebound in this last book. The story was a little less bumbling and Agatha was much more likable (which is saying something since she's not always a likable gal).
The story starts at the wedding of Agatha's ex James Lacey when the bride to be is shot dead. After Agatha is cleared as a suspect she gets hired to look into the murder.
The usual Agatha Raisin exploits begin as does the fun. I really did like this one better than at least the last two, maybe even more.
I look forward to seeing what Agatha will do next....more