When I first read the synopsis for this book, I was excited to read this story. Unfortunately, this book was a big disappointment to me. The main char...moreWhen I first read the synopsis for this book, I was excited to read this story. Unfortunately, this book was a big disappointment to me. The main character, Betsy, just didn't seem believable to me. The author spent alot of time describing Betsy's thoughts and emotions, but she still seemed so plastic. I thought the supporting characters were more well written than the main character (who hasn't had a rude, controlling neighbor like Marianne?). Also, the plot line didn't flow well for me. The chapters alternated between present day and past scenes, but they weren't put together in a cohesive way. I do have another one of Cammie McGovern's books, I hope I will be able to appreciate that one more than I did this particular book.(less)
This was a great book! I found myself smiling broadly and even laughing out loud while I read it. The premise of the story was no laughing matter, how...moreThis was a great book! I found myself smiling broadly and even laughing out loud while I read it. The premise of the story was no laughing matter, however. Mental illness is always a tough subject for an author to tackle in a fictional setting. I can't imagine the difficulty they encounter trying to capture and illustrate the issues a mentally ill subject must deal with while at the same time ensuring that the character doesn't come across as "too crazy". Mr. Lancaster has done a superb job working through this potential dilemma. Edward Stanton is a likeable, middle aged man who just happens to have a mental illness. He has feelings and thoughts just like any of us. This story focuses on the accomplishments Edward makes, little by little, one step at a time. I rejoiced with him for his achievements and cried with him for his setbacks and challenges. This is a heartwarming tale that demonstrates what the human spirit is capable of if one possesses enough will and determination.(less)
Oh my gosh! Just when I thought this series couldn't get more exciting, it does. At first I wasn't sure about this one. Sookie seemed so different; da...moreOh my gosh! Just when I thought this series couldn't get more exciting, it does. At first I wasn't sure about this one. Sookie seemed so different; darker, I guess you could say. But she slowly worked her way through it.
In this installment, we met more of Sookie's fae family. We met Bill's sister. We got to see Sookie interact with her little cousin, Hunter. We met Eric's maker & his brother. The story itself, the mystery parts of it, wasn't one of my favorites, but with all of the new characters and the family interaction, my interest was piqued. It definitely kept the story moving along.
I have read a few less favorable reviews, but in my opinion, this book is a must read for Sookie fans!(less)
All I can say is wow! What a moving, incredible story. It is a story about overcoming adversity and prevailing against life's imperfect circumstances....moreAll I can say is wow! What a moving, incredible story. It is a story about overcoming adversity and prevailing against life's imperfect circumstances. Precious writes her story with an honesty and clarity that is sometimes lacking in memoirs. Her writing style is smooth and the story flows nicely. This story was not written to amuse, or to make the reader laugh. It is a poignant story that at times, hurts your heart, and at other times fills it with hope.
I was unaware of the practice of the fostering of African children in England during the 60s and 70s that the author herself was a part of. It was difficult for me to understand how Precious's mother could be so cold and indifferent towards her. And I also found myself becoming frustrated with her white foster family as well. Although their intentions were good, Precious was never allowed to come to terms with her true self. Being a kid and growing up is tough enough without having your self-identity in question as well. I think at times, our culture is so obsessed with being politically correct and treating everyone equally, that we forget to acknowledge the value that can be found in our differences. As a culture we should be able to embrace and appreciate our uniqueness and individuality and not look at it as a disadvantage.
Bravo to Ms. Williams for maturing and learning to recognize her value as a person. She was able to overcome her childhood hardships and become a successful journalist. What an inspiring book. This story will stay with me for quite some time.....(less)