Earlier this month, I sailed the Seven Seas on a wonderful cruise vacation. Although I have stacks of books to read, nothing in my TBR pile sang to m Earlier this month, I sailed the Seven Seas on a wonderful cruise vacation. Although I have stacks of books to read, nothing in my TBR pile sang to me. In my late teens and early twenties, I was a avid Historical Romance reader. I loved getting swept away by a dashing hero just as much as the damsel in distress did. As I got older, I realized women seriously need to save themselves. A knight in shining armor won't save you, you need to do that on your own. And just like that, my love of Historical Romance was gone.
I picked Otherwise Engaged on a whim because I wanted something light and fun, and I remembered how much I loved Amanda Quick. Plus, it starts off with Amity on a cruise vacation in the Caribbean. I thought it was a good sign, and man was I right. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It was entertaining and the perfect thing to read poolside. It had plenty of action and mystery and a good dose of romance. Amity was a free-spirit, independent. She knew how to save herself and I loved that about her. Benedict was an unexpected hero. He wasn't what I anticipated at all. Usually the heroes are strong and fierce, doers not thinkers. Benedict was a good combination of the two. In the end, I like to think that they saved each other.
I also enjoyed the side story of Penny and Inspector Logan. I wished more than once that Amanda Quick would have written a novel staring these two.
I enjoyed the mystery surrounding Otherwise Engaged until the very end. The conclusion was wrapped up in a neat little package, a little too coincidental for my liking. Some aspects didn't make total sense to me, it was forced. Odd. That was the only flaw in an otherwise delightful love story.
This novel renewed my love of Historical Romance. Amanda Quick has not lost her touch of writing memorable characters, especially heroines. She keeps the romance classy and well, romantic. That says a lot in the post Fifty Shades of Grey age. If you are looking for something sweet and exciting, I recommend this. I'm looking forward to picking up a few more of her novels....more
I have a confession. The truth is I only choose this book because it was the first audio book that was available through my library’s digital files. II have a confession. The truth is I only choose this book because it was the first audio book that was available through my library’s digital files. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. What I received was an extremely dark novel that spoke to the vicious place inside me that fiercely protects my family, my heritage, and my birthright.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was gritty and not pretty. This family was pickled in tragedy. It was heartbreaking to read. There was a knowledge that they chose some of that tragedy. The family accepted it, welcomed it even because it was their birthright to do so. Things could have been different but I really believed this was the only way they knew how to live.
This is my first time reading anything by Alexi Zentner. What I enjoyed the most about The Lobster Kings is the expressiveness in the writing. Mr. Zentner is truly gifted. I love novels that transports me to a different place and time. I felt the boat rock under my feet, the sea spray on my face, and the calluses on my hands from a day’s hard labor.
I loved how the Brumfit Kings paintings were described. I don’t have a lot of knowledge of art and paintings but I did want to see his. I liked how the paintings were woven into the story, shedding light on the past to help guide us in the present.
I understood the longing Cordelia felt. I swear, Cordelia dang near drove me bonkers. I appreciated her strength and courage, but she was so stubborn, too. I enjoyed reading how her relationship with her sisters evolved, but I couldn’t shake the idea that she thought she was better than them, the only true Kings of the three. She was selfish and a martyr for her beliefs. So many times I wished I could take a boat ride to Loosewood Island and hand her a tiny violin. What’s interesting is that I really liked her, too. She was courageous to the point of walking that fine line between bravery and stupidity.
My other favorite character in the novel was Woody Kings, the patriarch of the family. Cordelia was very much like him. He did his best to guide them and provide them with the foundation they needed for a life on Loosewood and the sea. Sadly, I’m not sure he succeeded.
As I first time listener, I discovered the beauty of an audio book is the narrator's ability to carry you to a place and the different characters by the slight inflection of her voice. Cassandra Campbell was perfect.
As much as I enjoyed The Lobster Kings, I know this isn’t the kind of novel for everyone. It is very dark. These characters were put through the ringer and they didn’t come away unscathed. It was a cataclysmic tragedy. ...more