I couldn't stop reading them--I kept wanting to know what was going to happen in the lives of these characters! I will continue to read this series ifI couldn't stop reading them--I kept wanting to know what was going to happen in the lives of these characters! I will continue to read this series if there are more written. Darn it!...more
Rowan Coleman's novel The Accidental Mother was a big bestseller in Britain and has been published in the States for American audiences to fall in lovRowan Coleman's novel The Accidental Mother was a big bestseller in Britain and has been published in the States for American audiences to fall in love with.
The story is that of Sophie Mills, dedicated career woman, who is shocked at work to discover a social worker sitting in her office telling her that Sophie's best friend, Carrie, has died and named Sophie the guardian of her two children, Bella and Izzy. The children are delivered to Sophie's care, and thus Sophie embarks on a journey that she'd never intended.
I must say, I really enjoyed this book, though in the beginning I wasn't sure that I would. The whole plot gets underway rather abruptly, the children arriving in the very first chapter, and Sophie quickly accepting them into her home with no real knowledge of how to care for them.
I think Sophie's early travails and the children's foibles are meant to inspire a lot of laughter, but to me it was just kids being kids.
The book really picks up when Sophie hires a private investigator to find the children's missing father. After that, the book is a moving story about one woman and her love and commitment to two children she never wanted.
Sophie was at times a very unsympathetic character, but as she herself matures, the book and she become far more likable. I was not terribly keen on how tidily everything worked out in the end, but somehow it wasn't as bad as you would think if given the bare bones details of the story. Even the fairy tale ending seemed alright in the end.
A lovely story about a young woman coming of age with the help of two small children. If you've got nothing better to read, you could do much worse....more
Jacob Jankowski is a 90-something resident of a nursing home, who is pulled into his memories of life on the road with a circus after a circus sets upJacob Jankowski is a 90-something resident of a nursing home, who is pulled into his memories of life on the road with a circus after a circus sets up stakes outside his home window one day. Jacob recalls with startling clarity how is parents were tragically killed in a car accident one day while he was finishing his final year as a veterinary student at Cornell. He runs away from school, torn by the shock of his grief, and hops aboard a circus train. He is finally hired on to be the show's veterinarian by Uncle Al, the shady man who owns the circus and meets the beautiful Marlena, who is married to complete headcase August.
The book spares no delicate feelings in describing the hard knock life of circus performers, both animal and human. If you're a horse fan, you might not love what happens to many of the horses, but there are times the animals triumph and you cheer for them.
I enjoyed the book, and I didn't think I would. I read it very quickly, trying to get it finished so that my sister would be able to get it and read it, and I was pleasantly surprised by what I found to be a gripping story, good writing, and satisfying finish. I'm squeamish around books when animals get injured or killed, but even that in this book didn't keep me from finishing. ...more
Geraldine Brooks is fast rising on my favorite authors list. When you finish her books, you really feel like you've accomplished something. Now, fortuGeraldine Brooks is fast rising on my favorite authors list. When you finish her books, you really feel like you've accomplished something. Now, fortunately, there were only 2 or 3 words I didn't know in this book, and in typical grown up fashion, I did just skip them, I must confess.
March is the story of the father from the Little Women story, the tale of his early life before meeting Marmee and his entry into the Civil War. Towards the end of the book, the perspective switches over to Marmee's point of view as Mister lies unconscious in a hospital in Washington DC (I'm sorry, I truly don't know if Papa March has a first name or even if Brooks invented one for him).
Brooks has a true gift for painting pictures with her words and you could nearly smell the decay and disease in the hospitals, you could see the plantations and slave masters, you could feel the heat and the fear. I did take slight umbrage with one particular part, that being that Papa March takes up with a slave woman. I've never read Little Women, although I have seen the Katharine Hepburn movie several times, and in it and according to the letters March pens to his family in this book, his family is his top priority and they have little doubt of his love for them. Yes, I know, we're all human, but still, that seemed out of character to me... Here's a man so enamored of his wife and children that he carries locks of their hair with him wherever he goes, but when he comes upon a former slave whom he got into trouble, he can scarcely keep away from her... Something doesn't really jive for me with that picture.
Overall, an amazing book. Definitely recommended! ...more
Blessings is the story of a wayward man who finds a home at Blessings estate after leaving prison. He is hired by Lydia Blessings, an elderly widow, tBlessings is the story of a wayward man who finds a home at Blessings estate after leaving prison. He is hired by Lydia Blessings, an elderly widow, to care for her family's home. One morning he wakes up to go about his duties and finds a box on the garage steps, and in the box is a newborn baby.
Skip attempts to conceal baby Faith from Lydia for some time, but eventually she does find out and helps Skip to keep the baby for her own reasons.
To be honest, I had built this book up so high in my head that it couldn't help but fall flat of my expectations. I liked it okay, but I didn't LOVE it. And I really, really, really wanted to love it. The story covers only the first four months of baby Faith's life, and I think I was expecting more of an epic story, that Faith would grow up and what would happen when she found out she had been abandoned, etc. None of this comes to pass.
The book was fine, but just nothing to scream about. Judging by user reviews on Amazon.com, I am in the minority on this one. ...more