Because I have always wanted to read this gothic classic, I joined The Haunting of Hill House Readalong hosted by The Estella Society.
Dr. John MontaguBecause I have always wanted to read this gothic classic, I joined The Haunting of Hill House Readalong hosted by The Estella Society.
Dr. John Montague, a doctor of philosophy with a degree an anthropology, has a keen interest in supernatural manifestations. He rents Hill House for three months because of its reputation of being haunted. He handpicks a group of assistants who have had some past involvement with what can only be described as paranormal occurrences and invites them to spend the summer at Hill House. Out of the dozen people that were invited, only two take him up on his offer: 32 year-old Eleanor Vance and another woman named Theodora ("Theo"). It was also recommended to Dr. Montague to take along a member of the family who owned the house, and the owner's nephew (Luke Sanderson) joined the trio.
While I did enjoy the story, it was not as scary as I hoped that it would be. I was hoping for the same level of psychological creepiness as Sarah Waters' The Little Stranger but, for me, it did not deliver the same chills. The best part of the book was the ending, and I give props to Jackson for that! It was a five-star ending, and I only wish that the rest of the book could have achieved that level of enthrallment!
I intend to watch both film adaptations, both called The Haunting: the original 1963 version and the re-make from 1999. ...more
Although this book is written by a Canadian family law lawyer, I find it refreshing that he urges people dealing with a marital break-up to try to resAlthough this book is written by a Canadian family law lawyer, I find it refreshing that he urges people dealing with a marital break-up to try to resolve their issues without going to a trial. Litigation, as we know, is very costly and both parties have a much better likelihood of reaching a mutually-agreeable settlement if they are in control of the outcome. Grieg sets out the matters that separating and divorcing spouses need to discuss. If they can do so in an amicable manner, they can save time and costs by doing the legwork themselves and obtaining independent legal advice on the final agreement before it is signed.
For those that have separated and are looking for some advice and direction on how to begin the process of formulating a Separation Agreement, I would recommend this book. I found it informative, practical, and helpful....more
Max Lucado is a gifted writer! I have read some of his children's books, but this is my first book of his geared towards adults.
The past several yearsMax Lucado is a gifted writer! I have read some of his children's books, but this is my first book of his geared towards adults.
The past several years have been trying times for me personally, and I was looking for some inspiration and some comfort. I didn't think that I would find it, but I was also looking for some spiritual guidance and understanding. I found all and more in Lucado's book. The way that he writes is wholly engaging. He has such a way with words, and he cuts right to the heart of the matter. I love his direct approach! In each chapter, he ties in the story of Joseph. It sure makes me look at that Old Testament story in a brand-new way. Lucado has brought more meaning and understanding of Joseph's story to me, and this book has touched me deeply on a very spiritual level.
I absolutely loved this book, and I would highly recommend it for anyone who is dealing with a troubling situation. I have read the chapters in this book over and over again, absorbing every word and drawing the strength from Lucado's words. Although this was a library copy, it has touched me so greatly that I will be buying it because I know that I will turn to it again and again....more