I won this book through a goodreads contest. This book is very readable; good descriptions that evoke a clear sense of time and setting. There is poteI won this book through a goodreads contest. This book is very readable; good descriptions that evoke a clear sense of time and setting. There is potential for this to be a good book. That is the best thing I can say about it.
I generally like books that cover 2 or more generations as you get to see what effects the choices of the parents and grandparents have on the children. I do wish that the author had added more depth or detail in certain places and made the book longer. I didn't like the transitions from this being a story about Hannah, then a story about Sofie, and finally a story about Madeleine. I think that the story would benefit from keeping each character's depth even when the focus of the story changes generations.
I liked Hannah and felt empathy for her when the story was about her. But when the focus changed to Sophie, Hannah became a flat character who was mean and bitter. I lost all feeling of connection with her. And the same with Sophie. She changed from a woman who wanted to make sure her children never felt as unloved, as she did while growing up, into an unfeeling mother. Maybe some self awareness on her part would have helped - such as showing that she knew she was turning into her mother, but felt powerless to stop because she was so overwhelmed by children, business, and her husband's depression. All of those circumstances were written about, but I wanted to see Sophie as being more in tune with what was happening. It became hard to relate to her.
I never connected with the Madeleine part of the book. Maybe because I thought her character would follow the same path of being relatable only to turn into a caricature. The best part of the Madeleine story was when she was a child, but I was surprised that there wasn't really any mention of how she was affected by Adam trying to drown her or all of the other things he probably did to her. There could be an entire book written just about the family dynamics of those 4 children.
And I was unhappy with the ending. I must admit that I like happy endings and unhappy endings that make you think. Again, I think this part sounded like an entire book should be written about it instead of it being the ending to this story. I wanted the children to meet Ellen and tie up some loose ends. Instead this is a new loose end.
A few small items that caused me to lose my reading flow: Chapter 34 - Sophie and Connie go to visit Dotty and Ruby. Then suddenly it is Dotty waiting with Sophie for the other girls to meet them at the train station. Then Ruby and Dotty get out of the car and run up to the waiting girls... When they arrive at Dotty's and Ruby's room it is Sophie and Dotty that have to drape their clothes over the desks. Poor Connie got forgotten and Dotty had to play the part of two girls.
Part Three, with its super short chapters and almost a timeline synopsis felt rushed, like the author had lost any passion for the book and was rushing to just get it done and over.
I am hoping this book is still a work in progress and a new, improved version will come out. ...more
I won a copy of this book through a goodreads contest. I was excited to receive it and thought I would be able to read the book in a short amount of tI won a copy of this book through a goodreads contest. I was excited to receive it and thought I would be able to read the book in a short amount of time.
I started the book, but every other page was blank. I tried to read it and make sense of what parts I was missing. The pages I could read showed promise, but I quit about 20 pages into the book - or 10 pages into the book if you only count the pages with actual words on them!
So, I cannot recommend this book based on what I saw. I wouldn't have entered the contest if I'd have realized what was going to be sent. It would be better to send the first 2-3 chapters and get you hooked than to send every other page....more
This is a very helpful book written by Dr. William Wright. It is a quick read and not overloaded with medical terms. Dr. Wright does use some medicalThis is a very helpful book written by Dr. William Wright. It is a quick read and not overloaded with medical terms. Dr. Wright does use some medical terms, but always explains them in plain English. Anyone who has had vertigo, whether a short, one time episode or an ongoing problem, knows how frustrating it can be. When I had vertigo my doctor ask a few questions, told me about the Epley's maneuver, but said we wouldn't try it, told me to discontinue a medication which I told them I had already quit taking as I suspected it may be the cause, and essentially told me it should get better in time. It did get better with time, gradually, over a three month period. I was never sure if the medication was the cause and was frustrated the first week or so after my doctor visit as improvement seemed to be miniscule. I certainly could have used this book at that time to assure me that most cases of vertigo are not serious and satisfied myself that there wasn't much else to be done at that point. I have shared this book with two friends who have also suffered with vertigo and hope it provides them with answers also. ...more
I normally read several books at a time. When I started this book the other book I was reading lay forgotten until I had finished this one! It is a faI normally read several books at a time. When I started this book the other book I was reading lay forgotten until I had finished this one! It is a fast paced story that is hard to put down. This is a standard romance story that is anything but standard. The plot follows the typical "two people who are meant for each other meet under trying circumstances, are attracted to each other despite that, give in to the attraction, have huge misunderstanding, despise each other, but underneath it all Love each other, work it out and live happily ever after" but is much more interesting than your standard romance novel. I look forward to reading the next book in the series....more