I don't normally read non-fiction and have never read an autobiography before. However Pixel of Ink brought this to my inbox for $2 and the synopsis aI don't normally read non-fiction and have never read an autobiography before. However Pixel of Ink brought this to my inbox for $2 and the synopsis and photos looked interesting so I gave it a shot. I rounded up to a four star but this bio is really more 3.5+.
If you're a really moral person, this probably won't be for you. There are some upsetting/questionable life choices and actions Marshall describes which might bother some. That said, there's a lot to be said for someone who is so unflinchingly honest in their recounting of their life. Also, Marshall is a hard-driving, survivor of many things and is tenacious to the core. I liked reading about her work ethic and desire to succeed. Some have complained this is a name-dropping memoir of sorts. Well--she has the names to drop. Those are the people she ran with. So what? After reading her life, they all sounded pretty human to me. Her natural and informal narrative style, almost conversational--was enjoyable and easy to follow.
Recommend for Laverne & Shirley fans and those who want the human side of the coin of hollywood, with the caveat that Marshall's bio is not for the "judge-y." At all.
This came through my subscription to Pixel of Ink, otherwise I don't think I might have discovered it. I was instantly intrigued by the synopsis. It dThis came through my subscription to Pixel of Ink, otherwise I don't think I might have discovered it. I was instantly intrigued by the synopsis. It didn't seem like a typical romance novel. And as the author states in his notes in the back, it really isn't--it's a love story.
What's the difference? Well... in a word: Winfield. He could write about math and I think I'd give it a go. He's that great at telling love without trivializing it with sappiness. He nails both the male and female POV, which is complicated and difficult to pull off. I wanted to hear what the MCs thought and I liked knowing. Usually first person is too flat for me to get a sense of what I want to feel while reading so Winfield scored large there. Others might not care but I loved the setting of Seattle and Bainbridge Island. I'm a native and Winfield knew the weather, sights, sounds, plants and everything down to the finest detail. I saw it all in his writing and enjoyed remembering through his eyes. He so obviously lives there.
Winfield perfectly captures the awkwardness, loss, guilt and reawakening of Jane when she loses her daughter in senseless tragedy. She soon discovers there's happiness for her if she's willing to own her fear and not let it command her. I loved Jane's bravery in this work. It's not showy, and sneaks up on her until she can't deny she'd rather have joy... than wonder if she could have. Caleb isn't bothered by their age difference. It's interesting that the portrayal of Caleb is more about a person, who regardless of their age, knows who they are and acts on their desires with a freshness that is not usually seen. It transcends age. He wanted Jane and it was crystal clear to him. It was a biting role-reversal that left me re-reading certain sections to experience that unusual shift the author put the reader through. And what was glorious was that a man wrote it. It's not a female author's wishful thinking of what SHE thinks a man should feel. But a male author who actually knows it's possible; brilliant.
I liked Winfield's writing so much I might snatch up something else from his catalog... and yeah, Jane's Harmony is a one-click. Try this story; I'm still thinking about it a few days later. If you like a unique love story about two human beings finding each other at the worst of times and coming together despite it, this is for you. A delicious novel. 5 Stars....more
Absolutely Five BIG @SS stars; gritty, smart writing, different narrative voice all rolled into hot sex scenes and hard-to-the-wall pacing. Loved it.Absolutely Five BIG @SS stars; gritty, smart writing, different narrative voice all rolled into hot sex scenes and hard-to-the-wall pacing. Loved it. No formula writing!...more