I enjoy reading Nicholas Sparks - he can write a tender, intense story, and it's hard not to fall a little bit in love with the characters, even if thI enjoy reading Nicholas Sparks - he can write a tender, intense story, and it's hard not to fall a little bit in love with the characters, even if they are flawed.
A Walk to Remember is one of those rare books that I've seen the movie of before I've read the book. I try and avoid this as much as possible as usually I love the book far more than the movie, and I'd rather be let down by a movie than by a book. Unfortunately, for me, the movie was better than the book, because I didn't really like either Jamie nor Landon in the book. It's hard to put my finger exactly on why, but I think it's because I found them both a little infuriating in their perfectness.
And that frustration spilled over into their relationship - I actually didn't really believe their love for each other, and it was more like Landon was intrigued by a girl that was so different to the other girls that he knew, rather than being head-over-heels in love with Jamie. It's a sweet, touching story to be sure, but I felt a little detached reading it - and perhaps in a way, the movie ruined the book for me because I wanted to feel part of the story, like I did when watching the movie.
This won't turn me off reading Nicholas Sparks because I do enjoy his books, but it's yet another reason why I won't watch the movie adaptation of a book before actually reading the book itself.
Back before I discovered zombie, post-apocalyptic and dystopian books, I read almost exclusively historical fiction, both romantic and non- 4.5 stars
Back before I discovered zombie, post-apocalyptic and dystopian books, I read almost exclusively historical fiction, both romantic and non-romantic. So whenever I feel a little 'zombied-out', its a genre I revert back to because I enjoy it so damn much. And Lesley Pearse is one of my favourite historical-fiction authors.
Belle is a young, innocent girl when she is kidnapped, and at fifteen years of age she has been sheltered from much of the badness in the world by her mother and her mothers maid, Mog. Suddenly thrust into the seedy world of prostitution, first in France and later in New Orleans, she also has an inner strength that drives her to make the best she can from any situation.
The story itself is written quite simplistically, and without reams of flowery language the story moves along at a good pace, so the 600+ pages flew by. It was impossible not to be disturbed by the stories of other girls that Belle met along the way, and the people that both helped and exploited her, and other characters that although seemed good at heart were corrupted by both money and circumstance.
Belle is a great main character - through every kind of nightmare imaginable she never gives up hope that she can make it back home to her family and her determination to make the best of every horrific situation that comes her way is truly admirable.
One of the things I love most about historical fiction is settings, and the history itself - although I suspected that girls would still be forced into prostitution, I didn't realise they would actually be sold like household goods to such an extent. Ms. Pearse makes the streets and houses of France and New Orleans come alive on the page and as a reader I was completely transported into the worlds of brothels and courtesans.
There is a sequel to Belle, The Promise, which I went and bought as soon as I had finished this book - I had to know more about what happened to her and her family and friends, and the next installment is set during WWI - which should prove to be just as fascinating!
If you're a lover of historical fiction, you should really check this one out.
I love Diane Chamberlain books – they’re my guilty pleasure. Ms Chamberlain writes excellent family dramas without getting caught up in legalese or clI love Diane Chamberlain books – they’re my guilty pleasure. Ms Chamberlain writes excellent family dramas without getting caught up in legalese or clichéd love scenes – they are simply stories about families going through challenging times that either stick together or fall apart. So when I saw The Good Father on NetGalley I knew I had to read this book.
Told in alternating POV by Travis, Robin and Erin, this is a story about lost love, illness and most importantly, about what it means to be a parent. Travis’ love and dedication to Bella, despite all the challenges that life throws at him (with quite a bit of force) is nothing less than admirable, and with his determination to do the best he can in difficult circumstances whilst always putting Bella first made me as a reader fall just a little bit in love with him.
Robin and Erin’s stories, and the way that they are interwoven with Travis’ story are done very well, but my one and only criticism of this book is that I found Robin to be quite cold and distant given the circumstances. But perhaps this was intentional – as the book progressed I found my respect for her growing, especially after reading more about her upbringing and the difficult choices she was forced to make. My heart, almost literally, broke for Erin – her story is incredibly sad but also brings a very important aspect to the book.
Beautifully and engagingly written with realistic, understandable and loveable (well except for the bad guys) characters, after reading The Good Father I’m not going to call Diane Chamberlain my guilty pleasure anymore - I’m going to call her my favourite adult family-drama author.
This is not my normal kind of read, but it is an interesting story with a message that we don't need someone to complete us as a person - we have ourThis is not my normal kind of read, but it is an interesting story with a message that we don't need someone to complete us as a person - we have our friends, our jobs, why do we need to have a partner to make us happy? As Joelle and her friends come to realise that perhaps men really don't matter, they suddenly find themselves happy and fulfilled, but for the guys it's difficult to be on the other side of the fence.
There are funny, sad, meaningful and enlightening moments in Men Don't Matter. The writing is straightforward and the characters are realistic, with a wide range of personalities, but it is easy to sympathize and connect with all of them, especially Joelle.
The ending of Men Don't Matter felt the teeniest bit rushed, but the epilogue at the end was great - I won't tell you more because it will give away a major part of the story, but if you like a good girl-power story, you should definitely give Men Don't Matter a try - who knows, you may just end up with a little inspiration for your own life!
Sounds like fluffy chick-lit, smells like fluffy chick-lit, looks like fluffy chick-lit. However, my senses betrayed me on this one.
Mia is a grown upSounds like fluffy chick-lit, smells like fluffy chick-lit, looks like fluffy chick-lit. However, my senses betrayed me on this one.
Mia is a grown up, in a grown up relationship, in a grown up world. Her sister is immature and childish, and has no idea what real love is. Relationships need work, and Mia is confident that the work she has given her relationship with Pete has completely cemented the fact that he is ‘the One’.
Until she finds a message on Pete’s phone that leads her to believe that Pete is cheating on her. As more and more signs appear, Mia finds herself on an increasingly bizarre downward spiral to infiltrate and destroy the woman who wants to steal her boyfriend away.
To Mia, Pete is not the villain, the other woman is the enemy, who has corrupted her wonderful boyfriend and seduced him into a world where he doesn’t belong nor does he want to belong to. It’s up to her to show him…..
His Other Lover is not chick-lit in the traditional sense. There are no ditzy humorous moments, no ‘feel good’ factor or life changing revelations. It’s a dark book, and Lucy Dawson has managed to crawl into Mia’s head perfectly. In doing so she brings us a scary thought – how far would you go to keep the one you love and keep your life on the perfect track?
The ending of this book is gripping, and leaves you with some unanswered questions (in a good way) and open to your own interpretation, which is part of its appeal.
One of my favourite books of 2011 and I’ll be keeping an eye on this author. ...more