I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but I can see why it's not for everyone.
As I read, I sometimes wasn't sure what the purpose was. The narrator, Kathy,...moreI thoroughly enjoyed this book, but I can see why it's not for everyone.
As I read, I sometimes wasn't sure what the purpose was. The narrator, Kathy, just seemed to be rambling on about things that didn't quite match up together. There was something missing. But as I learned about her childhood and her friends Tommy and Ruth, I became really attached to the characters. So much that I didn't want this story to end. And when it finally came to a close, everything made sense. Mysteries that I had been fretting about over the course of the story were given good closure.
That's the best I can do without spoiling anything. I would recommend this book to any of my friends. And if you like complex characters and a little bit of suspense, this might be a book for you too.(less)
I found this book to be a great read at a great price. Here are some of my thoughts.
Short Introduction: Cassie is a 30 something biologist who begins...moreI found this book to be a great read at a great price. Here are some of my thoughts.
Short Introduction: Cassie is a 30 something biologist who begins to grow discouraged about love as the holiday season approaches. Her best friend Angie offers her the number of a professional matchmaker named Simon Dodson.
After a few meetings with Dr. Dodson, he believes that he has found a most suitable match for Cassie. But before he'll introduce her to her dream guy, he requests that she perform 3 holiday tasks. Not sure what she's getting herself into, Cassie agrees and learns a lot along the way.
Plot: Although it was a little bit predictable, this plot was very intriguing. With Cassie being so sassy and upfront and Simon being so adamant about not getting into anything personal with her, it makes for some very interesting dialogue.
Writing: This story was written in 3rd person but it's told through the eyes of Cassie. A cool factor is that there is a "Simon says" quote at the beginning of the chapter. I thought that was pretty clever.
Bonus Factors: Christmas time! I'm very fond of Macomber's Christmas novels and this one is probably going to be one that I re-read every year.
Protagonist: Cassie is awesome. What really made her stand out was the fact that she had flaws, but she was comfortable with them. Her sassy attitude made for very interesting scenes between her and Simon.
Who Would I Recommend this Novel To? To anyone who enjoys Christmas and love/hate relationships.(less)
Short Introduction: The story begins with Beth Morehouse greeting her daughters as they arrive home for Christmas. Beth is the owner of a Christmas tr...moreShort Introduction: The story begins with Beth Morehouse greeting her daughters as they arrive home for Christmas. Beth is the owner of a Christmas tree farm and given all the side projects she takes on, she's a very busy woman.
Never the less, Beth is expecting for it to be a great Christmas. But with the arrival of her ex husband and his traveling partner, working on her regular business around the farm, spending time with her daughters and finding homes for 10 abandoned puppies, she's got a lot to handle this holiday season.
Plot: This novel was written in third person which really gives Macomber the chance to dive deep into the thoughts of many different characters. Personally, I enjoyed the segments about Beth's daughters the most, probably because I am closer to them in age. What's nice about Macomber's characters is that even though I haven't experienced what a lot of them were going through in this story, I still felt like I could relate to them.
Writing: What I really liked about this story was that it intertwined the lives of many different people living in the same small town. The small town feel of this story was really nice
Bonus Factors: Christmas time! As I mentioned before, Beth lives on a Christmas tree farm. The depictions of her land, house and animals were just wonderful. As a reader you can really picture it in your mind.
Protagonist: Beth Morehouse is a woman who has been through a lot, but you wouldn't know it if you randomly met her on the street. She has a big heart and is always willing to drop everything in order to help those around her. Even with all of the craziness going on around her, she's still very stable emotionally. Kudos go to her for being so calm and collected when her ex husband shows up on her property, after her scheming daughters invite him to spend Christmas with them.
Who Would I Recommend this Novel To? To anyone who enjoys Christmas, small towns, and quality family time. There are mentions of church in this book, but it is not really a religious story.(less)
I bought this book after reading great reviews of it on other websites. This book hooked me right away because it's a story that many women and girls...moreI bought this book after reading great reviews of it on other websites. This book hooked me right away because it's a story that many women and girls can relate to.
The story begins with Rachel explaining her story. After getting married, she moved to Chicago with her husband because it's where they both went to college. The only problem is that it's far away from all their old friends. While they have plenty of other couples to hang out with, that's not exactly what Rachel is looking for. She wants a best girlfriend.
Rachel does an excellent job documenting her journey of 52 girl dates in a year. Throughout the telling of her story she uses examples and facts to back up her information and to explain things to readers. This book is a mix of memoir and nonfiction with fun stories in between. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a light read that is pure fun.(less)