I really loved this book. This was my first introduction to the Bridgerton family and I loved it.... Daphne is the nice, friendly girl next door who os...moreI really loved this book. This was my first introduction to the Bridgerton family and I loved it.... Daphne is the nice, friendly girl next door who os everyone's friend but no one's love interest. Enter Simon Basset, Duke Of Hasting and her world is turned upside down. After a pact to get engaged, they find that they are more interested in each other than anyone else.. However, life is not so happy for them. Simon has a secret which is eating him alive and it is up to Daphne to save him.
Simon is my favourite character as well as Daphne and I crave to hear about them in every book. Simon'e problem is something I face as well and though I've never been rejected for it, it is extremely frustrating when the attack comes on.. I really love Simon. He's my ideal man and is lovely in every way... A must read for Bridgerton lovers out there....(less)
Romancing Mr. Bridgerton was absolute bliss. Although there wasn't much of love-making in it as I expected after reading the previous 3, there is some...moreRomancing Mr. Bridgerton was absolute bliss. Although there wasn't much of love-making in it as I expected after reading the previous 3, there is something very pure about it. I loved the way the characters were developed. Penelope sounds just like you're average girl, waiting and hoping that person you love will look at you. And it is so wonderful when Colin does!You can see the way she has grown up and the person she has become. Colin!! Well. what do I say of him?? He has always been the charming, easy going person. To understand all what he is going through and how he desperately wants to leave his mark on the world is something I relate to a lot. I really love him in a way. The book was magical in the way both Penelope and Colin grew up and understood that what you want is sometimes just in front of you.The dialogue was witty and the emotions were true..
Small Island by Andrea Levy is a thought-provoking , eye-opening book. Although, I read it after I saw the 2009 movie, nevertheless, it had an impress...moreSmall Island by Andrea Levy is a thought-provoking , eye-opening book. Although, I read it after I saw the 2009 movie, nevertheless, it had an impression on me.
It is set in 1940's England and Jamaica and follows the story of 4 of the protagonists - Hortense, Gilbert, Queenie & Bernard where each part of the story is told from the person's point of view.
Quennie & Bernard Bligh are an English couple. She doesn't really love him , but they trudge along until Bernard decided to go to War. Quennie is left all by herself to take care of Bernard's shell-shocked father , Arthur, and life is difficult for her. But she copes and she earns a living by renting out their house and taking immigrants in as she believes Bernard is dead after he never comes back fro the War.
Gilbert & Hortense Joesph are one such immigrant couple from Jamaica , who dream of a better life in England or the Mother Country as they call it and arrive her to just get what they think they truly deserve, But here's where things go wrong. England is not prepared to accept them for who they are. And while the racism is not blatant like in the US at that time, it is still prevalent and still hurtful.
I really connected with the book and especially with the Jamaicans. Being from a colonised country (India), I tend to glorify England as well (Just like Hortense) and mostly, things are not as you picture them. Life is not a bed of roses and pretty often not so nice.
The way the Gilberts handled things. The way Bernard and Queenie have to cope with their life and doings. This is a lovely book and a winner!!
And Levy writes beautifully. The scenes evoke a lovely, rich field where the characters come to life.
**spoiler alert** This I felt was one of Betty Neels's different books. Sure, I can't get enough of the Rich Dutch Doctors or any Doctors for that mat...more**spoiler alert** This I felt was one of Betty Neels's different books. Sure, I can't get enough of the Rich Dutch Doctors or any Doctors for that matter, but it was a refreshing change.
Lucius Massey ( An Accountant.yay!) has just dumped Katrina's sister Virginia or so it seems. Virginia gets her back on Lucius by saying it was because he fancied Katrina the whole time. So, he calls her bluff and starts courting Katrina and asks her to marry him. (Such heights just to protect his best friend, but surely the readers know what is going on after all.)
Katrina Gibson (Katie) has always played herself down in front of her sister and has always cherished Lucius's friendship. But when he does an about turn on her, she can't help feeling rushed. So, they play along, he takes her out to dinner, they spend Christmas and voila she realises she's in love with him.
After a holiday in Greece (which was not needed in my opinion) and a few misunderstandings, Lucius tells Katie that she was loved the whole time and he knew what he was doing.
I enjoyed the book. It was sweet and different and I loved that the best boy childhood friend was the one who knew he was in love the first time rather than it always being the other way around. A next- door neighbour love story with a twist. (less)
To be honest, the reviews here weren't very positive. And although I was devastated Mark Darcy was dead, the book is worth a read. Bridget is clearly...moreTo be honest, the reviews here weren't very positive. And although I was devastated Mark Darcy was dead, the book is worth a read. Bridget is clearly bereft by Mark's loss. And at times one wonders why she even goes around (view spoiler)[ sleeping with the toy boy (hide spoiler)] But it seems to work for her. The story line picks up towards the ending and leaves one with a lovely feel in the end, because she does find someone who loves her. Although I am in my 20s, I do find a connection with Bridget. And for whatever its worth, she is a lovely person and this book is a nice read. It is a tad bit drag-gy in the middle and there's too much Roxster.(view spoiler)[ Wish it was more of Mr. Wallaker. (hide spoiler)] A good read. If you love Bridget Jones, you will love this. And the Mark Darcy bits of it are lovely.["br"]>["br"]>(less)
A wonderful book. The concept is sound and echoes a theme which sets business apart from each other. A well- written and meaningful book, for all mana...moreA wonderful book. The concept is sound and echoes a theme which sets business apart from each other. A well- written and meaningful book, for all managers (less)