I have always been fascinated with the WWII era and I am always interested in books set during the time period. I think my fascination with this subje...moreI have always been fascinated with the WWII era and I am always interested in books set during the time period. I think my fascination with this subject matter started when I read The Diary of Anne Frank. She and I both share the same Birthday. I found this boook at my local used book store and bought it not knowing what to suspect but it was good and I finished it in just two days. The book deals with a little know segment of history in which Hitler set up maternity homes in Germany and the countries he occupied to produce his master race. The main character in this book is a Jew who we follow as she poses as her cousin who was pregant by a German officer in one of these homes. Cyrla is a strong character and thru her eyes we see this little know segment of history from a personal point of view. (less)
I loved this book.Thanks so much Relyn for recommending it. This book drew me in for the start and kept me interested. It really spoke to my heart at w...moreI loved this book.Thanks so much Relyn for recommending it. This book drew me in for the start and kept me interested. It really spoke to my heart at where I am in my life right now. I think that I very closely identified with Sarah the main character in that I am finally at 46 comfortable in my own skin and at a point where I am not obcessed with being wealthy,keeping up with the Jones or having the perfect house. I am content to just enjoy life and each day that comes.
I think that this books speaks to that so well and the fact that contrary to popular belief life doesn't end at middle age. I throughly enjoyed her descriptions of love at middle age and the winter of life. I think this is just a wonderful book on so many levels and I feel that anyone who readsit will come away rewarded. I also like the fact the author is from Oregon.(less)
This is my first book to finish in 2010 and it is a good one to start with. I have been a big mystery fan since childhood and Nancy Drew and Agatha Chr...moreThis is my first book to finish in 2010 and it is a good one to start with. I have been a big mystery fan since childhood and Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie and this one fits the bill to a T. Louise Penney makes you want to live in the quaint Canadian village of Three Pines and makes you long to be neighbors with Clare,Ruth,Oliver and Gabri and Myrna.She explores the emotions of the human heart like a fiction writer while still crafting a mystery novel that is real and could be set in any small idyllic town in America. I have read two of her books so far and liked them both. I plan to read all in the series this year. Mrs. Penney has the ability to teach Life Lessons while crafing a well writtine mystery. It also introduces us to all the characters that will be featured in the later mysteries and gives an excellent idea of the setting in this Quebec village and the culture of this part of Canada. If you are a mystery fan I encourage you to read this author.(less)
I am loving this series of mysteries set in Scotland and the bumbling redheaded Detective Hamis MacBeth. I love the setting of this book and the inter...moreI am loving this series of mysteries set in Scotland and the bumbling redheaded Detective Hamis MacBeth. I love the setting of this book and the interesting characters that populate village life here in the North of Scotland and the sexual tension that abounds between Elspeth and him. In this Mystery someone is sending poison pen letters causing people to die and Hamish must find out who and why along the way fighting off the advances of Jenny. In Beatons description of the North of Scotland you learn a lot about this area and the people and customs of this part of the U.K. (less)
I read a lot of books some very good and then some that are just okay. This one was wonderful. It left me with the feeling that I got when I read The...moreI read a lot of books some very good and then some that are just okay. This one was wonderful. It left me with the feeling that I got when I read The Secret Life of Bees and The Help. I confess that I am a sucker for a Southern Novel because even though I love with all my heart the Northwest I yearn for home sometime. In the beginning of the book Ceecee lives with a mentally ill mom who she has to be a Mom too and as the book goes on her mom's death prompts a move to live with her Aunt Tootie in Savannah and the friends her Aunt Tootie has that become her family.It is yet another affimation of the fact that your family doesn't have to blood that they can be those you choose. Beth Hoffman so captures the Low Country of Ga and South Carolina that I felt like I was back there again in summer walking along the beaches of Tybee Island, watching a summer thunderstorm and walking through Forsyth Park. I can almost smell the night blooming jasmine and the Magnolias and Azaleas in bloom or feel myself sitting on the front porch drinking sweet tea. I think you will love Ceecee as much as I did and the other characters that Beth Hoffman creates . I almost with I could go live with Aunt Tootie myself.(less)