Oops...I meant to give this four stars! :) this book is a wonderful depiction of two almost parallel lives in the south of Sudan. This book brings toOops...I meant to give this four stars! :) this book is a wonderful depiction of two almost parallel lives in the south of Sudan. This book brings to light the troubles of Sudan with the Muslim conflict that is prominent over in parts of Africa. Some of the accounts told in this story based on a true person are heart wrenchingly sad, while other events hold incredible hope.
This story is a wonderful book to show middle schoolers how one person can help shape so many lives. Salva is a wonderful character in this book, as he seems to be in real life. ...more
All I have to say is...if the movie is as half as good as this book, I'll be in for a real treat! Shady beyond shady characters, unknown motives, andAll I have to say is...if the movie is as half as good as this book, I'll be in for a real treat! Shady beyond shady characters, unknown motives, and deceptive plot twists abound in this thriller. You think you know Amy Dunne, but you really do not. As for Nick Dunne? It's a love/hate relationship with this character throughout the story.
These two characters are unhappily married in a small Midwest town in Missouri. Things slowly unravel as time goes on, then BAM! Amy disappears and the plot quickly thickens, especially against her husband, Nick.
Delightfully shady. Thumbs up all the way! I couldn't put this book down. It's a thinker....more
Frank Sinatra's well-known tune could summarize the flavor of this lovely story by Michael Callahan. Three vastly different young girls arrive in NewFrank Sinatra's well-known tune could summarize the flavor of this lovely story by Michael Callahan. Three vastly different young girls arrive in New York City to stay at the same hotel as the glamorous Grace Kelly had a few years back. The scene is post-war NYC....we get to have a nostalgic trip living vicariously through Laura, Dolly, and Vivian as we read about The Stork Club, El Morocco, San Remo, the Jersey Shore, and the Barbizon Hotel, which is where these girls stayed.
Eventually, these girls' lives intertwine as we learn their backgrounds and read about their guy troubles. The characters are all likeable, well, with the exception of Box Barnes, who was predictably a douchebag of the first order, and Nicola, the insanely jealous boyfriend. This story flows along seamlessly, with a few surprising bumps here and there. The conclusion comes rather quickly and is a surprise.
This book overall makes me want to travel back in time before technology and the hookup culture warped our lifestyles...classy clothes and glamorous faces. However, as we see with these young girls, the past comes with a price that sadly may be too high to pay.
Great book to lose yourself in-too short! :)...more
If you want to read a concise, flowing, and non-prosaic little story, do not pick up this novel. While I enjoyed the tropical setting and the brief flIf you want to read a concise, flowing, and non-prosaic little story, do not pick up this novel. While I enjoyed the tropical setting and the brief flirtation of the travesty of the French Polynesian island history, the excessive prose was a huge distraction from the actual telling of the story. This novel could've been told on half the pages that it was written on.
Richard and Ann are a typical LA couple wanting the Big Time-he to be a famous chef with his own restaurant while she is a man-eating attorney for the rich and famous. Only when their finances are devastated they make a decision to get away from it all and retreat to Tahiti. While staying there, they meet many different characters, such as an aging rock star and his muse girlfriend, a Polynesian couple who works at the resort, and the resort owner, who is enigmatic and a key to putting each person there on their own path away from the excesses of money and materialism.
I give this book three stars purely for the fact that it gives a wonderful peek into the rebellious activism of the Polynesians against their French conquerors; plus the devastating effects that the government testing of nuclear arms had on the various atolls in the Polynesian circle of islands. To this day, there are hideous defects in people and animals stemming from radioactive fallout. Kudos to this book for calling attention to a virtually unknown issue to us Americans. I loved the fact that this paradise transformed these characters' souls and most turned to the pureness of what is right and away from excess.
It's too bad that the excessive use of big words peppered throughout the story became almost blasphemic. I would literally scan and skip paragraphs that would use six synonyms for one concept. It's like the idea of looking in the mirror and taking off the accessory that is one too many...that should've been done by this author with the wordage. ...more
I got this book off of NetGalley and I didn't realize that this was the third in a series. Usually, there's background missed if one starts to read inI got this book off of NetGalley and I didn't realize that this was the third in a series. Usually, there's background missed if one starts to read in the middle of a series, such as Last Chance. However, I'm pleased to report that this time it's not the case!
You have two characters in the book, Kaitlyn and Steven, who are not your typical protagonists in a Christian romance story. Both love to run away from their problems and both are free spirits. It was refreshing to have a story unfold about two people who struggle to fit in, whether it's family or their nosy town. I especially loved seeing the occasional antagonism that Olivia, Kaitlyn's daughter, showed towards strangers, Steven, and even Kaitlyn herself as Olivia struggled with abandonment issues throughout the plot line.
This is a beautiful story which ties together many quirky characters, such as Kaitlyn's snobby mother Brooke, her anal brother Chris, the friendly teacher Sarah, obstinate Juanita, and Elizabeth, who is the shining star of wisdom in this book. The book details how each character's lives overlaps each other and how they all interact and get along. Something that really impressed me was that, yes, it's a Christian-influenced story. However, the reader isn't smacked in the face with self-righteous prose nor prattle. It's nice to see the hints of Godliness laced through the plot without the tired Bible-thumping rhetoric that unfortunately permeates quite a bit of Inspirational Fiction.
Four Stars!! Read this story and you won't be let down. I was interested throughout the whole book and didn't want to put it down. Thumbs up!...more
I am a fan of suspense and thriller books. I was really looking forward to reading this story-the premise is enticing: Young married family of two ditI am a fan of suspense and thriller books. I was really looking forward to reading this story-the premise is enticing: Young married family of two ditches the city and begins again upstate New England. I always tend to have a soft spot for new beginnings in novels I enjoy. The house, though....what a house! Rich with history dating back to the 18th century, The Crofts is a barn of a place that has potential for Ben and Caroline to renovate into a historic B&B.
Caroline suffers from troubles of her own, however. With losing her job and her plaguing bipolar disorder, she can be a very hard person to dwell with. Her husband, Ben, states periodically throughout the story that it was a 'good day'...the Wolf hadn't made its presence known.
Ben as an aspiring novelist tends to be a bit of a dreamer and live life as if it were one of his novels. This causes contention between him and Caroline, especially when they take note of their son as a victim of bullying at his old school.
As the plot moves on, we get a peek at old letters of the family who used to live in their home over the years...they're descended from the Swann family and the house is rich with history. Ben uses this as an advantage to create a new novel out of the little town's story that Ben is unraveling.
Suddenly, the story takes a suspenseful lurch towards the eerie as we learn new facts. This story has a bit of Stephen King (just a bit) in it and is quite reminiscent of Bag of Bones in the end. This is why I gave it three stars....I've heard it all before. Just not as much meat on the story as King's. I was expecting the ending to be a bit more resolved, since yes, I'm an American and I like my endings somewhat tidied up or explained.
This is a quaint little story that one will enjoy during the winter months as I did. Enjoy!...more