It took me a while to get through this book, but it was worth the effort. A Slant of Light is first and foremost, lovely. The prose is captivating andIt took me a while to get through this book, but it was worth the effort. A Slant of Light is first and foremost, lovely. The prose is captivating and never neglects the time and place to which the reader is transported while reading. By the end of the book, I cared for all of the primary characters - Harlan, August, Becca, Malcolm, and even Bethany. I felt as if I were a part of their space, watching intently as each affair unfolded for them.
I will value this book for years to come, because of the emotion it contains, and the desire it sparked in me to think deeply.
P.S. Be Eleven is a great book with enjoyable characters and a captivating storyline. Having not read One Crazy Summer, this was my introduction to thP.S. Be Eleven is a great book with enjoyable characters and a captivating storyline. Having not read One Crazy Summer, this was my introduction to the three Gaither girls, and they proved to be lovable.
Delphine's story is a lovely one - about accepting change and following the ups and downs of life as they come....more
There is a lot to like in Tracy Chevalier's The Last Runaway, the time and place, the Quaker lifestyle, and, the human thread woven through all of it.There is a lot to like in Tracy Chevalier's The Last Runaway, the time and place, the Quaker lifestyle, and, the human thread woven through all of it.
Honor is an English Quaker, uprooted from her home with the home of discovering a new path after a broken engagement, who finds herself dealing with an internal, moral dilemma. Should she help runaway slaves, or should she respect her new family's wishes and turn her back on them?
The story moves quickly and has likable characters, particularly Belle Mills, a no-nonsense hat-maker with strong opinions of her own.
The book has a few oddities that made me raise my eyebrows a bit; a sudden coupling in a corn field, and a bizarre conclusion stand out in my mind, but they were easy to work past (in other words, they didn't make me raging mad).
Overall, it is a worthwhile read if you enjoy historical fiction. (The audio version is quite good.)...more
Project 17 is a suspense filled, fat-paced, young adult novel. six teens sneak into Danvers State Hospital, a real place near Boston, shortly before iProject 17 is a suspense filled, fat-paced, young adult novel. six teens sneak into Danvers State Hospital, a real place near Boston, shortly before it is demolished. Each character has their own set of reasons for taking on the adventure; avoiding parents, broadening horizons, and film making among them, and in turn discover more about themselves than they bargained for.
This book is a worthwhile read because of the well developed characters and interesting events. The setting alone is chilling.
I really enjoyed The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer. So, though he'll never see it here, I must thank my husband for the recomendation. He heard an inI really enjoyed The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer. So, though he'll never see it here, I must thank my husband for the recomendation. He heard an interview with Mr. Meltzer and thought it would be a good book to read, if only he read books. Goo thing he is married to a librarian.
I've read some of the reviews of the Fifth Assassin on goodreads and it seems that most readers have been bothered by two things.
One: the jumping around from character to character and/or place in time. This didn't bother me, nor did it confuse me. At the start, I though it was going to be a bother, but as the story progressed, the pattern just felt right. Never did it seem as if the author cut off an important scene to reveal a detail in the back-story. He let the suspense rise and fall as it needed. I also found that I felt a high level of suspence and anticipation throughout the presidential assasination story as well as Beecher's childhood story.
Two: that it is important to read the prequel. Not true. There were pieces to the the characters that I wish I had a better grasp on, but it did not impact my understanding of the tale at hand. Now, I want to read The Inner Circle, just to get those details. On the other hand, I also want to know what will happen to the Culper Ring, and Beecher, and Tot, and Clementine and Nico, and especially Marshall - so I'll read the next book as well. (May it please be a 2014 publication!)
What I loved about this book was the history it contained. Some people will scoff at fiction, "What is to be gained from reading a work of fiction?" I don't scoff, but my answer is "a ton." For me, fiction is a springboard - a spot for me to begin to ask questions. I'm not skilled enough to produce questions from thin air. The Fifth Assassin has made me look at playing cards differently, and now, I want to know more. I want to get lost in the 973s of my local library in order to learn more of the events surrounding the four presidential assassinations. I'll even visit Brad Meltzer's website...his note says there will be more info there.
The only thing I can truly say upset me...well this is where I will be rather picky, but I believe I am entitled...is the map marking the birthplaces of the four assassins. The Bel Air mark for John Wilkes Booth was not anywhere near Bel Air. It was closer to D.C., not north of Baltimore. Why am I allowing myself to be picky? I live in Bel Air, MD 21014. At least once a week I drive past Tudor Lane, the road which leads to Tudor Hall, the Booth home, and there is a lovely painting of his Edwin Booth in our Post Office. So, why was the mark on the map a miss? I guess I'll never know. Did it hurt the book? In my opinion - no way!...more
I enjoyed reading The Midwife of Hope River. The setting was excellent and I had no trouble finding myself in a desolate area trying to make sense ofI enjoyed reading The Midwife of Hope River. The setting was excellent and I had no trouble finding myself in a desolate area trying to make sense of the stock market crash.
Patience was a likable character, and in the end, I was very happy for her. Patricia Hoffman did an excellent job giving her depth with an intiguing background, which is revealed in pieces throughout the narrative. Above all, seeing her relationship unfold and develop with Dr. Hester was a driving force in moving forward through book. He was every bit as likabkle as she was.
Another aspect of the novel I enjoyed was the births. Having given bith three times, I have discovered that there is nothing in this world more amazing than seeing new life emerge into the world. The Midwife of Hope River featured enough descriptions of births, some difficult, others fun, to keep the story balanced.
Overall, this was a worthwhile read for someone interested in depression era fiction, or midwives....more
Katerina's Wish by Jeannie Mobley is an excellent book that captures the setting and emotions of the characters with pristine clarity.
While the book tKaterina's Wish by Jeannie Mobley is an excellent book that captures the setting and emotions of the characters with pristine clarity.
While the book takes its time with the set-up, once the plot begins moving, it moves. It is a sweet story in the beginning about a family trying to adjust to life after immigrating to America from Bohemia. All of the pertinent characters are introduced early and prove to be likable.
There is a lot to like about this book, and at this point in time, I can't think of any outright flaws in the writing or the story.
Here is what I liked best about Katerina's Wish:
1. The Setting: It's a coal mining town, or "camp," in the midwest, and it is 1901.
2. The Characters: They are American Immigrants from Bohemia, which is new to me. I loved the fact that they were portrayed as struggling and poor, and that the opportunity was granted to experience such lives through a work of children's fiction. There was no sugar coating the American Dream...it existed but was unreasonably difficult to achieve.
3. The Coal Mine Accident Scene: I cried. I needed to ask my daughter to get me a box of tissues. Need I say more?
4. The Ending: It was happy, but it had a thread of sadness, which held true to the themes the author was displaying. Be true to yourself, be strong, believe, and good things can happen. I'll hold out hope that the one piece of Trinna's life that didn't work out will in her future.
5. The Themes: This book has deep themes, and is very thought provoking. What is happiness? What does it mean to be true to oneself? How do we stay strong and carry on when things around us seem to falter and fail?
Katerina's Wish is an excellent example of children's literature. I hope it withstands the test of time. And, I'll take a jump onto my soap box for a moment...sorry this book didn't get some Newbery recognition, it's better than Splendors and Glooms....more
I have to admit that Wench was a disappointment. I had high hopes that Wench would bring to life a world I can not fathom - one centered on slavery. II have to admit that Wench was a disappointment. I had high hopes that Wench would bring to life a world I can not fathom - one centered on slavery. I wanted to feel raw emotion as the character conveyed the trials and tribulations of her lot in life, her lot as the master's favorite.
Please don't get me wrong, I was not after a romance when I picked up this title, but I wanted to experience through a work of fiction what such a scenario would have looked like in our history. Surely, the relationship between master and slave mistress was complicated and did not fit neatly into the category of "wrong, wrong, wrong," because, let's face it, "wrong" is never just that simple.
Lizzie claimed to love her master, and I believe that was a possibility during the era, but why in the world did she love him? I can not turn to a single passage in the book and say, "aha...look at that, that is love."
Lizzie was not strong, and Mawu was just wild. I would have enjoyed learning more about Sweet and Reenie, even Fran and Drayle; maybe then I would ahev felt more for Lizzie.
Overall, I feel that this was a long list of the terrible things slavery produced hidden within a series of incidents that together, are trying to be a novel.
I can't recommend this particular book to others, but would like to read another work by this author in the future....more