The font on this library hardback is too small. I made it through the first chapter and it looks to be a good book. Put in a request for the large-pri...moreThe font on this library hardback is too small. I made it through the first chapter and it looks to be a good book. Put in a request for the large-print or audio version at the library. Requested that it be available to Kindle at Amazon. Hopefully I can try this again someday. *** Now, I have not only the large print hard cover edition from the library but I bought the Audible version with Shelly Frasier as narrator. The font on the hardback is larger but the space between lines and lack of paragraph spaces still make this a hard read for me. So I listened more than read. Shelly has a nice voice and reads the story as I feel I would have in my head. It is a pleasant book. A pleasant story. But for the most part I feel I have lived a life similar to this having lived in two small towns and been a member of numerous churches. Peyton Place. Gossip city. Mostly where I lost my hope for human kind.
I felt nothing for the characters. I felt no growth. I did like the dog and the cat. But felt Christopher Moore did a better job with the inner thoughts of a dog in The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove. So the dog brought up the star rating to two stars.
I had hope. I kept waiting for the point. Then I started waiting for the death of the people as it seemed that was where the author was determined to go.
But my decision to raise this to three stars is the poetic prose. Kathryn Davis' descriptions are marvelous. I suppose if this were one of the only books in a cabin in the woods this would be great to read. With 3,000 books on my Kindle (or actually on my Calibre) to read this--well, I am glad to be on to some other read.(less)
This wasn't the best book in the world. There weren't nearly the amount of grammar and spelling issues I have seen in a lot of books lately. In fact,...moreThis wasn't the best book in the world. There weren't nearly the amount of grammar and spelling issues I have seen in a lot of books lately. In fact, the writing was okay. The plot was okay. Dialogue was okay. The suspense and humor levels were okay.
If you have been in abusive relationships and have survived and grown stronger, you may not need this book. If you find yourself in a boring marriage, or feel abused physically, emotionally, sexually this book may help you feel some hope. Watching the womyn bond and become sisters who overcome the beige in their lives is what kept me reading.
BUT...What would have made this book superb? A bibliography of helpful books, a list of resources to help womyn get out of abusive circumstances. PLEASE! Terri Marie you have a book every womyn should read, young or old or in between. You made the reader aware of problems and gave them hope. Please take the next step and gather all the resources you can to reach out to those womyn who don't know a Linda or of a seminar for womyn.(less)
I just finished reading this book. In the end I was happy to know Charlie, the main character But until about halfway through the book I felt like I w...moreI just finished reading this book. In the end I was happy to know Charlie, the main character But until about halfway through the book I felt like I was reading Ramona the Great or some other book for eight-year-olds or younger. The book is far too immature and unsophisticated for modern day teens. It might have been okay for me when I was 14 but 49 years ago we really did have to fight for equal classes. Not that I would have ended up in woodworking. My electives were Drawing 4 and Home Ec 4. That was because I had always been good at art and my mother, aunts and grandmother had taught me to sew. But the holes in my education made those classes impossible. With my luck I would have ended in Woodworking 4 as both grandfathers were carpenters. Then again, I would probably not be able to type with the loss of so many fingers!
Even when my children were 14 this was a dated and immature portrayal of that age. Since I am reading a lot of YA of late, I feel the author should have done the same. I get it, that it is a hard age to deal with. Going from being a kid to hormonal teens is tough no matter the era. So I gave up thinking these things and sucked it up to finish reading the book. By mid-novel I had accepted this version of 14 and started enjoying Charlie.
I read this one as the second book was a complimentary copy from BookRoosters and I don't like reading books out of order.(less)