Such a fascinating look into the amish life and faith - things they don't distiguish between. They are actually trying to live their beliefs. I reallySuch a fascinating look into the amish life and faith - things they don't distiguish between. They are actually trying to live their beliefs. I really like that the point of the simple clothing and living has to do with avoiding prideful displays. We chose our clothing to show status, they choose clothing to not do that. It is a covering. No one in amish society is better than anyone else, no matter what. It's a good read, and really I'm eating this up. I hear they had a book before this, I may have to pick up....more
I wasn't sure about this book when I started, but honestly once I did I couldn't stop reading it. And I don't even like reading on my computer...whichI wasn't sure about this book when I started, but honestly once I did I couldn't stop reading it. And I don't even like reading on my computer...which at the time was the only way I could read it. It will take you well outside of your comfort zone, but it is a great story with tons of passion....more
You'll have to come to my blog to see my review. ;) http://lilacwolfandstuff.blogspot.com on May 4. But in the meantime I will say that it is a greatYou'll have to come to my blog to see my review. ;) http://lilacwolfandstuff.blogspot.com on May 4. But in the meantime I will say that it is a great story, wonderful writing and lovely characters. **update** Here, Home, Hope a novel by Kaira Rouda...in fact this appears to be her first fiction novel. This is a story about 39 year old Kelly, during a summer where she is feeling the ultimate boredom of being a housewife and the lives of her friends enter turmoil around her. She is so stressed that the story begins with her at the Dentist's office because she bit through her mouth guard.
It is a quirky tale, I love the TCT notes - things to change. :) Kelly writes them down and posts them throughout her house. Everyone she knows starts learning them and recognizing when she achieves one, especially her loving husband Patrick. Even when her friends and neighbors marriages fall apart, she knows she has a good one. Patrick will make you sigh and wish your man was more like that.
I don't want to get into it too much, but while dealing with her own unhappiness, she opens up her heart and home to her friends to help them during that summer even as she is starting her own business. The flow is pretty great until the last section. The wrapping up changes pace and doesn't fit the rest of the story.
That being said, it is a great story and I do highly recommend it. Even the hiccup at the end it was still worth while to read and I want to read it again....more
The fact that this is a self published book always surprises me. The cover is professional and the editing is superb. I onlyFrom Lilac Wolf and Stuff
The fact that this is a self published book always surprises me. The cover is professional and the editing is superb. I only saw one error that I remember.
The characters aren't too in depth. Really the only person you get to know is Andrew (aka Ace), which makes sense as it's from his point of view. And the timeline is one week. It will shock you as much as it does Andrew when he asks himself if it's really been only one week toward the end of the book. I actually stopped reading and went back. lol
It's a light fast read. The story is well developed all the way through, and it has plenty of quirky moments. Nothing really beats the haiku speaking, Ninja Orchid lady. She sneaks up on Ace all the time and when she leaves, she always does some Ninja move in the middle of the street. Always good for a laugh.
The story is complicated but treated with an easy manner. I don't want to give too much away, but really it just illustrates why I was blown away that the timeline was only a week.
So yeah, it's a fairly light, quirky love story. Romance written by a guy...bromance? No that sounds wrong...LOL. It's good fiction, enough said. I saw a review that said it's romantic comedy...yeah that fits....more
The cover is brilliant. I don't think the characters are as HOT as described in the book but then again I'm 36 and not 19. It is colorful and eye catcThe cover is brilliant. I don't think the characters are as HOT as described in the book but then again I'm 36 and not 19. It is colorful and eye catching. I had a hard time avoiding this book that I received from the author thru Goodreads. (Why was I avoiding it you ask? Because I have an ever growing list of books to review!)
The main character annoyed the living hell out of me. He whined a lot, and kept making choices that were making his life worse. Jasmine, the girl he obsessed over, was completely self-centered and mean. I hated that he kept wanting her, missing the good that was right in front of him. Ahhhh, young love.
Through his own pain he finds friends he never thought he would find. Mrs. Vesquez, a visiting professor from Spain, and Chester, a pot-head he met in the basement of his dorm.
Colin has a rocky relationship with his dad, an unhealthy obsession with the Beatles...but that was the one thing I actually liked about him. I could catch all the Beatles references.
Now I know you are thinking, "great - she hated this book." No, actually I really enjoyed it. Even though the main character got on my nerves I still held out hope that he'd pull his head out of his *ahem* a**. He's a very likable guy and that's why you will feel all that frustration as you read his story. The novel has such a smooth flow that I read it in a few hours.
I just saw the kindle edition is only $0.99 - so that's not a bad gamble, is it? I love all these cheap books. Unfortunately I did not see this for the Nook.
First off let me say this book is available on paperback, but come on, you have to read it electronically to get the full fear-factor!
This book will tFirst off let me say this book is available on paperback, but come on, you have to read it electronically to get the full fear-factor!
This book will take you on a ride. It jumps around with stories, within stories within stories. It's a mirrored effect of people reading about people reading the book. Dee is the main character, living in a small town with a loser boyfriend. She works as a librarian but is held back by a mixture of her color and being an outsider in town. She moved there because of a...very good friend of hers who died there.
So she downloads this e-book and it takes over her life. The ghost in the book is all about murder and having his story be read. We move onto 4 other readers, but 2 of them are very short lived. After her boyfriend is believed murdered, she runs to find the other readers, to try and stop him. She first teams up with Elaine where she finds one of the original haunted books, The Story of Annabelle, and then she finds Madison. Will they finally stop him before it's too late?
It does jump around but it isn't hard to follow. He plays with fonts and bold to show different chapters, if it's the regular chapter or the inside chapters. If you like a scary story, then download this bad-boy and leave the lights on. Lilac Wolf and Stuff...more
What a great book! Seriously, go get a copy and read it. Shoot it's only 99cents as an e-book!
This story is AWESOME. Let's start at the beginning, theWhat a great book! Seriously, go get a copy and read it. Shoot it's only 99cents as an e-book!
This story is AWESOME. Let's start at the beginning, the cover is very simple, with the young girl in a simple white dress on the prairie. The story itself has excellent flow and the words are woven so that I would at times forget I was reading and just see the story move through me.
There are 2 main characters in this book. Katherine, the daughter and Jeanie, her mother. It starts in Des Moines, Iowa in 1905 with Katherine and her husband, Aleksey. He brings her mother and her mentally challenged sister, Yale to live with them. His idea because Katherine has never forgiven her mother for breaking up the family. Her mother is dying of cancer, but Katherine is really bitter.
It then jumps back to 1887 in the Dakota territory. Jeanie and her husband Frank have just arrived on the prairie to start a new life. Running away from the shame she faced surrounding her father's death and business dealings. Unfortunately she learns that life here is far too rough and unforgiving to allow for a man to be lazy and moody - which she comes to realize Frank is. Actually what she figures out is she no longer has the time to cover for him. They are lucky that they end up with great neighbors and form a cooperative to help each other.
Now Frank pulls some other stuff beyond just being a lazy-good-for-nothing and why she doesn't just push him down a hole, I'll never know. They had 3 children when they came and she was pregnant with another. Having had a hard time with all previous pregnancies, she does her best with what she has. The baby is born very early, too early but Jeanie fights for her Yale. This woman fights, and fights and fights for her children, and the 2 that were with her that year in the Dakotas grew up hating and resenting her for driving their father away.
It is a sad tale, although still beautiful. I also enjoyed all the detail of what a hard life it was to be a pioneer in the Dakotas. How people made a success of it was in part just pure dumb luck, because the land doesn't seem to help at all.
So, go pick up this book - I am giving it 5 stars and permanently adding it to my library to enjoy again and again....more
First let me give a shoutout to LibraryThing.com - this was my very first Early Reviewers win.
The cover is...well I guess vibrant is the word that comFirst let me give a shoutout to LibraryThing.com - this was my very first Early Reviewers win.
The cover is...well I guess vibrant is the word that comes to mind. I really wanted to read it based on that alone. Honest, I didn't have a clue what it was about.
The story starts with Alice just after she got fired as from her job working with a Casting director Mona Hawkins - who was a horrible human being. She stops to get some comfort food and runs into a woman she knew in college - Polly Dawson. Polly is now married to the Director of the movie Alice was helping Mona cast. Polly doesn't notice Alice, as if she were invisible. Alice starts following Polly, mostly nosy and something to do.
Things take a turn when Polly turns up dead and Alice is the #1 suspect. She goes into hiding and starts stalking Charlie, another person she knew from college - this one she had a crush on. Charlie discovers her, invites her into his home and life. He will help her clear her name, and she will help clear his father.
There are a couple of mysteries in this book, and they keep you guessing right until the end. The characters are lively and realistic. I love how Karen Begreen describes Charlie's house with the clutter...and that Alice finds it endearing. I also enjoyed Alice's tv habit...finally, not pretending that we don't all watch way too much tv. lol
I couldn't put this down, so if you can get a copy to read for yourself. It's in hardcover and e-versions right now, but it will be released in paperback on August 16. Happy reading!
This is a Young Adult short story. It is an super fast read, I read it in less than an hour last night after we put the boys to bed. Being obsessed wiThis is a Young Adult short story. It is an super fast read, I read it in less than an hour last night after we put the boys to bed. Being obsessed with Greek myths as I am, I couldn't wait to dive in.
I did really enjoy the story. It's a fascinating idea, and the characters are likeable. That being said, I think if Vianka took the time to add more details to cushion and help guide the dialogue it would grow into a fantastic book.
That being said, for $2.99 it's a pretty good short story. If you like witches or Greek myths, you should enjoy this.
I'm giving this 3 stars. I liked it, but it needs something more....more
This book is a fun mystery! I love the character Zephyr, she has amazing friends and family but her love life is a mess. Well a mess of her own creatiThis book is a fun mystery! I love the character Zephyr, she has amazing friends and family but her love life is a mess. Well a mess of her own creation, as the guy in question is also wonderful. So she attracts great people, but her life is still far from perfect. She has taken until her 30s to finally settle on a career and even in that she has doubts to her ability.
The story has a fast flow, with all the twists and turns a good mystery needs to have. And you won't know the deal until the very end. That's all I'm saying, Daphne Uviller, the writer, hides the outcome so very well. It was funny too, she liked being a concierge and actually considers it as a fall back, or wonders if she had just started on that from high school. lol
It is a fairly short book so it's perfect for the upcoming travel season. My copy was 275 pages, long enough to be a novel, but no so long the story falls apart. Personally I think it was just right, it was never boring or slow.
I see this is the 2nd Zephyr Zuckerman novel, so I will have to find the 1st one. Zepha is my new favorite heroine...right up there with Stephanie Plum. ...more
I really enjoyed this story. Asha is a smart, considerate and...well the only word I can come up with is calculating. She never does anything without her full wits about her. Asha was bitten by a dragon as a young girl, so she can hear the souls of all living things echoing in her own ear. She refuses to be called a doctor and refers to herself as an herbalist.
Each chapter is it's own adventure, where she first saves the nun Priya, then they help a possessed little boy and finally helping a young man who lost his wife.
It was a fast read, even with it's lazy pace. And please don't take that as an insult, it was a story that felt like a smooth, relaxing trickle, even when the reality is you can read it in a few hours.
Do you like all the new vampire/werewolf books that are on the market? Oh you know, like Twilight, Vampire Diaries and such? Well this book kicks all their butts. I know - don't judge a book by it's cover, but look at that cover! It pulled me right in, I have a bunch of stuff I was supposed to read first, but I just had to check it out. I figured I'd read a few pages and then do what I needed to do.
It sucked me right in. I literally couldn't put it down. My poor kids. I love all the characters, Nell a mama witch with I think 5 kids. Aervyn is the youngest at 4 and he is a MOST powerful witchling. Then her brother, Jamie is one of a set of triplets and a great witch trainer. Sophie is an earth witch with a great website, and her website is the reason Nell writes the summoning spell that finds Lauren in Chicago.
Jamie is sent to retrieve Lauren and while he is hot there are no sparks. But don't be turned off, sparks do fly in this book. When Jamie gets Lauren to Berkely to meet his family, she falls in love with everyone, Nell's 3 girls, Aunt Jennie who becomes her trainer and Moira - an old Irish witch who lives in Nova Scotia.
This novel works. The characters are realistic and engaging, the plot is strong and there aren't really any weak points in the story. The only thing I didn't like was that it ended. This is a group of witches that make you want to keep reading about them. I hear there is a 2nd novel coming soon. I can't wait to review it...no really, I can't wait! Come on Debora Geary! ...more
The main character Freddie is a bit slow, and the story is told from his perspective. He is quick to anger, but usually quick to forgive as well. He wThe main character Freddie is a bit slow, and the story is told from his perspective. He is quick to anger, but usually quick to forgive as well. He works in a copy room of a large company and develops a close friendship with Pete, the owner's son who also works in the copy room. The other employee in that copy room, Joe becomes his worst enemy. Freddie's mother died when he was younger, and he lives with his aging and diabetic father - who is a bit of a crab as well. The characters are realistic, sometimes likable.
I was surprised by the plot in this story. As I said, Freddie has a passion for the violin and one day when he want to see a violinist play on a very rare Stradivarius, he finds a violin case sitting in an alley without anyone else around. He nabs the case and thus begins his "accidental love affair" with the violin. He also begins to feel the stress of being a big time thief, this wasn't some little thing from the store, this one was huge...there was a $100,000 reward offered for the violin.
I really enjoyed this story, especially that it was from Freddie's p0int of view. You may not always know what everyone else is thinking, but the author keeps the story moving and provides enough details that usually you can figure out what is really happening in a situation without Freddie's unique coloring.
I read this as a PDF file and didn't see the cover art. I thought it was going to end up in a romance, but after knowing Freddie I can see why it went the way it did.
This novel had an interesting pace. I felt it was perfect, it never felt too slow...well maybe when Joe was making fun of Pete and Freddie, but that's because I thought Joe was a big jerk.
I'm not sure where the story takes place, but it wasn't that important to the story. It could have been anywhere, but being that there was a concert hall that managed to borrow a Stradivarius from a London museum...it's probably a larger city.
Overall I really enjoyed this story, it drew me in and I couldn't put it down. It's also very sad, so I may not read it again for awhile. lol I will leave you with this, the ending is much more upbeat and surprising than I expected.
This book really made me laugh when I started it. I mean really laugh. It is a funny, sharp and witty story. However I eventually started getting tireThis book really made me laugh when I started it. I mean really laugh. It is a funny, sharp and witty story. However I eventually started getting tired of the heavy feminist angle. Constantly putting down men and also going further and putting down children and women who have them. Still it was full of very funny parts.
This book is loaded with jokes and even a good point here and there. I really liked the point when she was working with mental patients. Why do they put mentally disabled with mentally disturbed patients, it's like making "Corky room with Hitler."
Mostly I enjoyed it, I think it's a book to be savored slowly, it's always on...always moving...always funny. I think I just got burnt. I'm not done with it yet, but I am not going to delete. I will pick it up when I need a laugh....more