Disclaimer: I received this book from the author free of cost in return for an honest review.
When Sarah lost her husband Jake at Afghanistan, it was Ethan Jake's best friend who stood with her and helped her raising Kylee her daughter. When there was a call for a father daughter dance, it was Ethan who dances with Kylee. It was always Ethan who Sarah turned up to whenever she needed someone. But things get not so smooth when Ethan realizes he has feeling towards Sarah as more than best friends. Sarah seems to reciprocate it but she is haunted by the guilt of moving on from Jake. Ethan has his own history of being from dysfunctional and broken marriage.
Things get messy when there is a serial rapist at large, who is obsessed with Sarah. Ethan can not bear to stay as just a friend to Sarah anymore but he has to be around her to keep her alive until the killer is caught. What does it take for Ethan to overcome his demons and reconcile with Sarah? Does Sarah realize there is enough place in her heart for Ethan and still can love Jake as she always has? And how do they catch the smart, intriguing and creepy killer?
My favorite character was Ethan easily, the macho guy with a sensitive kind. I loved how he was with Kylee, though I wondered which 6 year old talked like she did. I hated how Sarah and Ethan played the cat and mouse and was fervently hoping they would get together already. Beyond the romance angle, I was really interested on the serial killer. He more than intrigued me with his stalking and art of sending messages - Yes I am weird like that.
Bottomline - Catch it if you love - heart warming love stories!...more
The whole book is written from a single point of view, Eve's and seems like a long monologue. The writing iOriginally written for Musings Over Nothing
The whole book is written from a single point of view, Eve's and seems like a long monologue. The writing is crisp and witty, at most places, making the read interesting, even if the scenes are somewhat cliched. There are many funny instances in the book, especially her talk with Gudrun and the very many tongue in cheek sexual innuendos. I like the prude, list making, in-the-closet-atheist Eve, even when there were times when I cringed at her 'innocent'(?) thoughts (assumptions?) about Adam.
On the other hand, I felt that the story is one dimensional and did not feel the depth of any character, making it hard to like them. I had several questions unanswered. What was happening between Chuck and Luce? What was Jake thinking? Who won the contest? At one point of time, I felt Eve was just being so self obsessed that she never once enquired about Luce's relationship (Yes I know. I imagine the characters and their emotions are real). There were many British pop culture references that I had to Google to understand (or could have ignored them.. ermm.. you know me) but they worked in most places.
Bottom-line: A light-hearted breezy novel with witty and snarky dialogues, I will look forward to reading further more from the author(s) ...more
I had seen the season 1 of the TV show of the same name and hence I picked the book. I kept visualizingOriginally reviewed for Musings Over Nothing
I had seen the season 1 of the TV show of the same name and hence I picked the book. I kept visualizing the actors while I read it. Though there are few minor differences between the show and the book, I somehow liked the show better (maybe the first time am saying this).
The novel goes to view the issues related to ageism and sexism apparently. It is a light read and definitely dated, but not your normal chicklit, meaning it was not all fluffy. But I felt the characters were not developed to their fullest and that is where I liked the show better. I should accept I did not put the book down till I finished it (thankfully it was 300 odd pages), though more for waiting it to end than for the story...more
The story is about two childhood best friends Laksha and Pallavi who have different aspirations in life, and their respective love lives. The story isThe story is about two childhood best friends Laksha and Pallavi who have different aspirations in life, and their respective love lives. The story is just not about friendship, love and career dreams - it tries to shows a life of a typical girl from Chennai, which makes it easier for the reader to feel related to.
The story is extremely fast paced and kept me wanting me not to stop reading till I reached the epilogue. Yeah, that led to few burnt and blackened dosas, but of course who could blame me - I was making them while I was reading - not the other way around.
For such a short book, it does have quite a pack of characters - and most of them interesting too. In about eleven chapters, the book tries to takes through too many stories, which may or may not work for the other readers. Personally, I would like to be prodded by the characters, their flaws, eccentricities even after I have finished the book. So on that perspective, I would like to have had more than just a glimpse of the Laksha's parents or even Priyanka.
Sea Glass is a historical fiction set during the periods of Great Depression of 1930s at the USA and it is effect on the villagers of Ely Falls.
The liSea Glass is a historical fiction set during the periods of Great Depression of 1930s at the USA and it is effect on the villagers of Ely Falls.
The lives of Honora Willard, Sexton Beecher, Alphonse, McDermott, Vivian Burton and Alicia Williard are intertwined by circumstances and actions. The novel begins with Honora, who was a teller at a bank and Sexton settling into a new house they on their wedding day. Sexton a salesman of typewriter with strong career aspirations settles into married life without a problem. Honora learns to love him, her way into marriage and making ends meet with help of her mother Alicia Williard through her letters.
Each of her character made a difference and were portrayed typical to their period. Be it Sexton who was considered it was not important to inform his financial status or the reason he lost the job or the possibility of the strike to his wife. Or Honora who felt never once share her difficulties in making their ends meet or even let him feel the pinch of the pain. She did whatever she was supposed to, be a woman behind her husband support his decision - whatever it be. Her mother's letters were on the same lines, offering matronly advises and filled with warmth and love. Vivian (I liked her more than others) being the rich and independent lady of class and wit, took a sharp turn from the spoilt, tantrum throwing girl to the one provided for her friends, the group and anyone else she could even she was not personally affected as others.
In conclusion, It is a pretty straight forward story with slightly disappointing end. It is only Anita Shreve's simple yet poignant words that made be continue the book even during some boring parts.
When the going in your life is not as good and you have no control over it, what do you do? Go on a marathon reading session. Probably with a chick-liWhen the going in your life is not as good and you have no control over it, what do you do? Go on a marathon reading session. Probably with a chick-lit series with too hot to ignore men and their too stupid to live ladies. That is exactly what I did. Two books back to back (on the third now) and I feel completely relaxed. Yes I am not in as bad position as these ladies do. But of course, if these guys were ready to be my "knight in white horse" I would trade anything to be "the damsel in distress".
Longer review coming up soon, which means I am able to keep the book I am reading down. ...more
In fact one of the very few of the YA genres that I could complete reading without wanting to kill the characters and/or gag at the behaA Quick read.
In fact one of the very few of the YA genres that I could complete reading without wanting to kill the characters and/or gag at the behavior.
(view spoiler)[ Chelsea Knot, the gossip girl and second to only Kristen in the ladder of popularity suddenly is turned to be the social outcast. All because she could not keep quiet anymore, having known the two assailants of Noah and she being the reason for the attack. She reports the same to her and the authorities and promptly pushed out from the world she thought she owned along with Kristen.
She takes up an vow of silence and later makes friends with people whom she didn't even know existed and who are part of Noah's world. Her world is changed and she is able to identify who she is, without Kristen to tell her who she ought to be. And oh, she gets the boy!
The writing style was quite like-able and easy to run through, even if not exquisite. The story in itself doesn't revolve around the girl getting the guy, which probably was one of the main reasons that I didnt feel like killing anyone off the book. Yet the girl gets the guy, in a cute way - as it ought to be in the real world (o..k that came out of nowhere!)
And I cannot skip telling this. All through the time I was reading, there was one question that kept gnawing me 'how long would I be able to keep up silence like Chelsea?' Deep inside I knew even under the most perfect conditions, I can not go past a few hours.