I absolutely loved this book. Angela Russo hated her job, felt she had no direction in life, and on a whim signed up for an Internet dating site. AnswI absolutely loved this book. Angela Russo hated her job, felt she had no direction in life, and on a whim signed up for an Internet dating site. Answered the first blurb she saw. He lived in Maine. By chance they met in Boston. She lost her job (a great comic relief), and ventured out to move in with her Maine date. Of course, in real life, that's a dangerous thing to do. But Angela was ready for an adventure. Naturally, the love affair didn't work out. However, the journey to Maine made Angela realize that she was longing for a simple life from that which she was living in NYC. Angela met new friends with whom she spent Tuesday nights cooking the foods Angela learned to cook through her beloved grandmother.
This book, which I thought would be a typical chick book, turned out to be a delightful ready, full of wonderful recipes, great insights into life, and wonderful entertainment. When I reached the end, I wish there were more stories to read about Angela and her friends. Perhaps one day a sequel?????...more
I bought this book through my Kindle. I thought I was getting a romance novel with WWII backdrop, which I did. Unfortunately, I got something else witI bought this book through my Kindle. I thought I was getting a romance novel with WWII backdrop, which I did. Unfortunately, I got something else with it: Christian proselytism. I don't mind books with religion as the subthemes. I don't mind books with specific religion as the subtheme. But this book was nothing but a story about how Christians do better because they have God in their heart and the hero was saved because he loved Jesus so much. And, speeches such as, "I couldn't go out with a person who was not a Christian," was a big turn off. I finished the book because I committed to finish it. But I will never read another book written by Sarah Sundin. I just wished the book would advertise that it was a Christian novel. I would never have bought it....more
I LOVED, LOVED this book. I loved the premise and yes, I cried at the end. The book of second chances was just a delight to read.
The storyline is abouI LOVED, LOVED this book. I loved the premise and yes, I cried at the end. The book of second chances was just a delight to read.
The storyline is about Emily and Sandy Portman. Sandy, a rich but shallow man is bored with his 4-year marriage to Emily. On the way to tell her that he wants a divorce, he is accidentally killed. When Sandy finds out that he is dead, he begs for mercy and a second chance. He gets it, in the form of an old dog, Einstein...
Naturally, Emily adopts Einstein and then the story really begins. Sandy has to prove himself worthy of the second chance. He has to somehow save Emily. But Sandy, as Einstein does not change overnight. He is still grumpy, selfish, shallow, etc. But as the days turn into months, we see some metamorphosis.
I won't say anymore about the book. You must read it. It is an enjoyable page turner. But make sure to have some Kleenex on hand towards the end. I, unfortunately, had none when I got there, and I was on a commuter train to boot. I must have made a lovely sight for my fellows commuters.
The ending was not as I wanted, but it was satisfying. I'd love to see this book transformed into a movie. If only I had the money........more
Let me start by saying that I absolutely love Kay Bratt's books. I think that she may be laureled as the modern-day China's Pearl S. Buck. Her storiesLet me start by saying that I absolutely love Kay Bratt's books. I think that she may be laureled as the modern-day China's Pearl S. Buck. Her stories about the plight of unwanted children in modern-day China due to the one-child law implemented to prevent exponential population growth is mind opening. But sociopolitical discussions aside, her stories are mesmerizing. They are page-turners.
Now, I can start talking about Red Skies as a companion book to the books in The Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters series. You do not have to read the series to understand the story. However, if this is your first Kay Bratt book, you will want to read all her other stories.
The story centers around one of Benfu and Calli's daughters (Mari) and her adventure with an American (Max) who went to China to find a way to deal with his loss. Through a necessary business transaction—Max needing a translator and guide to Beijing and Mari needing money to support herself and her perscription-drug-addicted husband—a strong bond and friendship ensue. Max and Mari meet two street urchin girls and their lives change forever.
As with all of Kay's books, I could not put this one down until I had finished it. Throughout the time I was reading the book, all I could think of is how Ms. Bratt just outdid herself with this story. There were so many twists and turns that I read the book in 1.5 days. I am not a person who has many leisure or reading hours in the day, but the dishes, the house—the work—had to wait. I just couldn't put the book down . I can honestly say that this book, besides being my favorite, is a masterpiece. I would love to see it played out in a great movie story.
And, by the way, Ms. Bratt's characters are so three-dimensional that I forget that I am reading a novel, a work of fiction. Her characters are personable and believable. When they hurt, my heart hurts too.
So, if you are reading this review in order to decide whether to read this book, don't hesitate. Go for it. You won't regret it.
And by the way, I received the book in exchange for an honest review. However, to tell you the truth, I would have bought it anyway. As I said earlier, I love all Ms. Bratt's works, and her novels just keep getting better. ...more
I think this book should be required reading for 7 to 9 graders. It's a good book showing how important it is to consider other beings and that, evenI think this book should be required reading for 7 to 9 graders. It's a good book showing how important it is to consider other beings and that, even though, they may not be human, they have feelings. Perhaps if we reach a child when still in school, we may end the desire for dog fighting. Perhaps, the future Michael Vicks will think twice about hurting another being for monetary reasons. Dog fighting is such a cruel activity.
The book is about a bait dog. A dog who is used to train dog fighters. Bait dogs' mouths are usually shut with duct tape to prevent the bait dog from biting back. The aggressor dog is urged to tear the poor bait to pieces. Oogy survived this horrendous experience. He was just under 2 months. A good veterinary hospital worker took pity and had faith in hm. He was given all that medicine was able to provide for his survival. Oogy had the will to live and despite what he went through, he had love to give and enough faith in humans to accept.
The Levins met Oogy at the veterinarian hospital. Their cat was going to be euthanized. The love that Oogy gave them during their chance meeting convinced the Levins that Oogy was meant for them to take Oogy in as their family member.
The story is very sweet and tender. And, unlike all animal books out there, Oogy doesn't die, and more than likely, you won't shed tears. But you will feel tenderness for this white dog that had nothing but love to give despite the mistreatment he received when he was just a young pup.
There is a chapter where dog fighting is intensely described. If you are squeamish, all you have to do is skip one paragraph. I did. I work with enough rehoming dogs and their issues. My heart couldn't take that one paragraph. Otherwise, read the book. It's a wonderful, inspiring story....more
I bought this book because it was on sale via Kindle. As soon as I started reading this book, I couldn’t put it down. The story centered around this JI bought this book because it was on sale via Kindle. As soon as I started reading this book, I couldn’t put it down. The story centered around this James Bowen, a young man who messed up his life by getting hooked on heroin. He was on methadone by the time he met Bob, an injured, ginger cat whom James later takes care of.
Methadone doesn’t make you high, but like heroine, it is an addictive drug. James spent his days busking for money, and, by his own accounts he said that he felt that he was invisible. He claimed that he felt that nobody ever noticed him. However, upon meeting Bob, all of that changed. James felt responsible for another living being; he slowly got off methadone; he stopped busking, and he was no longer invisible.
This book is a real good feel-good book. And what’s even more awesome, the cat doesn’t die. No, it’s not a spoiler. It’s an incentive for you to pick up the book and read it.
The book will never win literary awards. In fact, the author repeats himself a lot. But, what that hey, the story is just worth it. ...more