This is not just a story about an adoption gone bad. It is the story of two women who loved the same child enough to sacrifice for his safety, as she...moreThis is not just a story about an adoption gone bad. It is the story of two women who loved the same child enough to sacrifice for his safety, as she stated in the author's note at the end. In this book she really draws out the emotions of the characters. Things sometimes seem to move in slow motion as she tries to get you to feel what they must be feeling. She has an engaging writing style. However, this was not a page turner. It became intense only in the last quarter of the story. (less)
This book would have been better written in the style of Mary Higgins Clark. Take the five different viewpoints and weave them together in shorter sni...moreThis book would have been better written in the style of Mary Higgins Clark. Take the five different viewpoints and weave them together in shorter snippets around the events instead of recovering old ground with each character. However, to give Alicia Rasley credit, each viewpoint does take you closer to the conclusion than the previous one, which creates the plot building effect. I felt the story had climaxed before we got to Theresa or Jackson. Theresa's viewpoint caught my interest at the point where she went in search of her birth family, but it set up a second plot. This would have been better introduced earlier, before the initial storyline, Brian's parentage, was concluded. This made the story somewhat anti-climactic. I also felt like the steamy love scenes could have been cleaned up and the strong cuss words omitted. However realistic, they really added nothing to the story. Overall there were too many threads and not enough binding.(less)
This is a good book with good advice. I had been a member on SparkPeople for several years before reading this book. This book is good because it cond...moreThis is a good book with good advice. I had been a member on SparkPeople for several years before reading this book. This book is good because it condenses and lays out the system, but some of the tools and methods are harder to follow without the website. In particular, the keeping track of your food/activities and the exercise explanations.
I am not a fan of how Chris Downie decided to layout the book. I felt like he needed to integrate the Cornerstones with the actual 28 day plan. This is not a design flaw, but a design preference. I also felt like he was concluding the program too fast. Most people are at it much longer than 4 weeks. Don't put a time limit on stage 3. Spreading the Spark is great to hear about in week 4, but I am not ready to deal with transitioning to maintenance in week 4. (less)
I love fairy tales. I was very excited to read this book. Amanda Stanley (a Goodreads reviewer) gave a beautiful des...moreMy rating is actually 3 1/2 stars.
I love fairy tales. I was very excited to read this book. Amanda Stanley (a Goodreads reviewer) gave a beautiful description of Rose's character: "Our heroine, Rose, has such a heart for others and deeply feels their pain, be it physical or emotional. She is beautiful, of course, but doesn’t seem to recognize it. She is shy and humble, yet bold and passionate when she witnesses an injustice, not content to sit by in indifference ... or stay in silence." This is what the Duke fell for, not her beauty as others have suggested. Her beauty just caught his attention.
I agree with others on several points. 1. Yes,the book was predictable because you new the outcome from the beginning. But it is a fairy tale! What else do you expect? 2. The demon possession was out there. I didn't like it. And its resolution was too simplified. 3. The book began to drag. It needed to be shorter. I understand the moral relevance of the subplot with the second son, but thought it was outside the parameter of Rose's character to fall prey to his superficiality. I did, however, appreciate the subplot with her best friend and its resolution based on an actual law of the time. 4. It had a strong beginning, but grew weaker in the second half. Some extra character building for Rose with her parents toward the beginning would have been helpful to explain why she fell for the Duke's younger superficial brother given her strong resolve not to marry.
It took too long to set up the situation. The language was flowery with many descriptive details. I feel the story would be better told with half the...moreIt took too long to set up the situation. The language was flowery with many descriptive details. I feel the story would be better told with half the words.(less)
If you are going to write about spiritual warfare, don’t hide God behind a veil.
The writing is excellent. I had trouble putting the book down. However...moreIf you are going to write about spiritual warfare, don’t hide God behind a veil.
The writing is excellent. I had trouble putting the book down. However, she needs to bring her key players together sooner and embellish her ending. After a long tantalizing build up, she ends the story abruptly and leaves a lot of loose ends.
What was most irritating was the fact that she was battling a demon with watered down Christianity. There is only one Christian character, Lacey. She runs into heavy problems in her own life before she even meets Tugger, but she doesn't pray? She never shares her faith with the most important person in her life, only children? Her church life seems shaky at best. Her faith really does not make an appearance until she meets Tugger about three quarters of the way through the story. She prays a prayer of protection over him when the demon attacks, but she never uses the strongest weapon in her arsenal, the only thing that will strike fear in the minions of hell, the name of Jesus Christ.
I would be willing to try another book by this author hoping that she’s not afraid to express some true Christian principles through her characters. (less)