Keely finds her fiance screwing her maid-of-honor at their rehearsal dinner the day before the wedding, and throws a hissy fit. Now that she has pisseKeely finds her fiance screwing her maid-of-honor at their rehearsal dinner the day before the wedding, and throws a hissy fit. Now that she has pissed off the most influential family in town, she's having trouble securing new work for her interior design business, until Will hires her to refurbish an old plantation mansion.
The main problem I had with this book is that I did not like Will, the male protagonist, at all. I found him to be arrogant, demanding, and just generally not a nice person, not to mention insane. Who spends hundreds of thousands to refurbish an old mansion, for the purpose of making a girl you saw on television fall in love with you, given that the only thing you knew about her is that she likes old houses?? That's completely crazy and stalker-ish! I just could not get over that.
Will's character prevented me from giving this book a higher rating, which is a shame because I think this is smarter than the average chick lit. Keely is a lovable spunky main character. I just wish she ended up with someone better. I also enjoyed the secondary plot of her searching for her mama, who had vanished 25 years ago. Overall, this was a good, easy book to read during my lunch breaks....more
This book is as fluffy as chick lit gets, but it's FUN!! Filled with outrageous but relatable situations and hilarious one-liners, there's never a dulThis book is as fluffy as chick lit gets, but it's FUN!! Filled with outrageous but relatable situations and hilarious one-liners, there's never a dull moment. I can relate to the main character a lot because I'm just as picky when it comes to men! The story was simply written and very preditable, but I'm not looking for something that makes me think when I pick up a book like this. I will like to read more from Beth Orsoff in the future!...more
My favorite thing about this book is learning about Chinese culture in the 19th century. Lisa See does a very good job at making you feel like you areMy favorite thing about this book is learning about Chinese culture in the 19th century. Lisa See does a very good job at making you feel like you are a part of the village during that time. I am Chinese, and have heard of many of the traditions such as the practice of footbinding (my mom's grandma was a victim), arranged marriages for girls to marry out, and the thought that girls are worthless until they produce sons. But of course I have not seen, experienced, or know the details any of this. There are tons of things I have never heard of, such as the forming of a "laotong" relationship, which is a contracted best-friendship between young girls that is supposed to last to death. I have also never heard of "nu shu", the women's secret written language to communicate with each other. This is all very interesting to me.
The main character, Lily, was not always likable, especially towards the end when she gains more power. Even though I was furious at her decision to shut her heart to her laotong (not a spoiler since she says this in the first chapter), I do understand the pain that she felt. Who hasn't felt hurt when a best friend all of a sudden has new friends and leaves you behind?
Snow Flower is the true heroine of this book for me. I felt so angry at the way life treated her. It's so unfair that someone so good could have such a bad fate and go through so much undeserved suffering. It is always a good book when it evokes deep emotions in me. ...more
I wasn't able to read this book in one go, which affects my rating. Everytime I picked it up to continue reading, I'd forget what had happened previouI wasn't able to read this book in one go, which affects my rating. Everytime I picked it up to continue reading, I'd forget what had happened previously. But I did find myself unable to put down the last 70 pages or so. However, the endimg wasn't very satisfying. I found some of the events to be incredibly unbelievable. The revelations of both the central mystery and the older mystery were revealed by confessions when Rhonda happens to stumble into the people (which isn't as satisfying as slowly uncovering truths). Everything was wrapped up pretty nicely as far as what happened to the girl goes, but I still ended up having unanswered questions.
The best part of the book is the flashbacks to the summer of 1993, where we get to see the group dynamic between Rhonda and her friends, and the slow breakdown of Lizzy....more