I loved Come Rain or Come Shine! It was everything that I love about the Mitford stories, and only 1 small peeve that continues. Every other review wiI loved Come Rain or Come Shine! It was everything that I love about the Mitford stories, and only 1 small peeve that continues. Every other review will give you a plot synopsis, I will assume you've read at least one of them. I felt I was back home at Mitford, even though the story takes place almost completely at Meadowgate Farm. All the warmth, love, spirituality, and joy from the early books are displayed here. I thoroughly enjoyed being immersed in Dooley & Lace's wedding preparations! I could smell the new mown grass, and hear the cows and chickens. Bliss!
I will tell you that the story is told from many characters' Point of View. Which leads to my single complaint: Ms. Karon no longer feels the need to tell you exactly WHO is currently telling the story. All you will get is a He or She, and you have to figure it out by context. To me as a reader, I don't want to have to do so much detective work in each and every section of a chapter; especially when the story was told from at least a dozen different people. I will admit to loving Jack Tyler's voice the most.
That annoyance is worth the loss of a star....more
Loved this book! It was fun, it was well written, it was easy to read. I really didn't want to put it down. I was even sneak-reading it at work (a firLoved this book! It was fun, it was well written, it was easy to read. I really didn't want to put it down. I was even sneak-reading it at work (a first for me!) The main character, Emma, is sweet, a little too trusting & gullible, and sometimes frustratingly fixated on Frasier. We see what is right in front of her face, long before she does, but it's still fun to take the ride with her.
I loved all of the Outlander connections she finds and makes, and I completely love the way she shares Scotland with us. Ach, aye!
If you enjoyed Outlander chances are you'll enjoy sharing Emma's journey looking for her own real life Frasier!...more
Black Fawn: The story of a 10 year old orphan who is sent out to a farm to help an elderly couple with the work. TThis volume is made up of 5 novelas:
Black Fawn: The story of a 10 year old orphan who is sent out to a farm to help an elderly couple with the work. The story takes place over 3 years and we see them become a real family. I loved this story, with it's sense of another time and another place.
The Lost Wagon: a very dated telling of a family traveling alone on the Oregon Trail. The very few images of American Indians and blacks are incredibly offensive. They ruined an otherwise intersting story.
rescue Dog of the High Pass tells a possible origin story for th Saint Bernard Dog. This story had the least depth and character development of the group. I like YA dog stories, and this just wasn't good.
Swamp Cat: An interesting, if dated read of a cat who joins up with a ypoung man who lives amongst the swamps of the Smokey Mountains(?) It was intersting enough to keep me reading.
We werr There at the Oklahoma Land Run: Started very unevenly, but it slowly got better. By the end twist-time, I expected something much worse than what actually happened.
All in all, I'm glad I didn't spend any money on this collection of public domain stories, and it's kind of curbed my need to reread any other JK stories....more
I'm only 20% in to this newer Jan Karon Father Tim book, and I am ready to put it on my "abandoned" shelf. But I will slog on for a while more and seeI'm only 20% in to this newer Jan Karon Father Tim book, and I am ready to put it on my "abandoned" shelf. But I will slog on for a while more and see if there are any improvements.
In reality, I'd like to have a few sharp words with the editor of this book. Did you not notice, that somewhere around chapter 2 or 3, the author forgot her main character's name, and only refers to him as "he". I mean there are ENTIRE CHAPTERS where you can not tell who is talking, except by process of elimination, because all dialog is attributed either to "He said" or to a female character, or sometimes, if you are lucky, to a named supporting character (Liam said, Dr. Feely implied, etc.) What's that all about? Thank God Cynthia still has a name and hasn't been relegated to the faceless 'she'.
Then there are the journal excerpts. I've been forewarned about how dry and boring they are. So far I have only been submitted to one. If they continue in the same vein, I can just skip past them.
Finally, I am planting myself firmly on the side of not liking the overly heavy use of Irish dialect. A little for flavor is one thing, but when 80% of your characters use it... it no longer adds spice to the story, it's overwhelming what flavor was there. As for giving us entire conversations that take place in Gaelic, without any translation, what's the point of writing it out? Wouldn't Father Tim (or 'he') just think, that sounds like an argument, if only I understood what they were saying! Much better than a page or more of a foreign language.
The culmination of all of this is making me a very frustrated reader. I honestly wish I could return this e-book. I love the Mitford books, they are among a very select few books, that I intend to always keep, and will reread every so often, but If this is how the "Father Tim" series is going to continue on, it can just pass me by....more
A nice sequel to Mill River Recluse. Once again the author uses the mixed timelines technique, to even poorer effect. I didn't feel that this story waA nice sequel to Mill River Recluse. Once again the author uses the mixed timelines technique, to even poorer effect. I didn't feel that this story was as compelling. I only like 2 of the new characters, and they are merely supporting: Alex, Rose's son, and Aunt Ivy. I didn't care for any of the main trio, Josie or her two daughters. And I didn't care for the manipulation of favorite previous characters, Kyle & Claudia. As much as I really like Father O'Brien, I hope I have his energy and wits when I am in my 90's.
The "twist" to this story, only annoyed me. And the "mystery" about how Josie's husband died, was no mystery at all.
Series 4 was fantastic, or should I say 'brilliant'? I liked it so much I think I'm going to listen to it again right away. The characters in this shoSeries 4 was fantastic, or should I say 'brilliant'? I liked it so much I think I'm going to listen to it again right away. The characters in this show are very likable, they grow (all except Arthur, who is...just Arthur.) I love the fact that airhead of the show is played by the incredibly talented writer/creator of the show. Every episode (should I say story to make it sound more book-like?) is funny and makes me laugh out-loud.
I will be keeping every story/episode from A to Y (it took me until half way through the 2nd series to notice the 'stories' were being titled alphabetically one episode per letter) and will relisten probably on an annual basis. Sheer fun!...more
I didn't think I'd be interested in this book; the subject matter isn't my normal cup of tea. But I was stuck with my phone and a half-hour to kill, aI didn't think I'd be interested in this book; the subject matter isn't my normal cup of tea. But I was stuck with my phone and a half-hour to kill, and I'd just gotten a newsletter that mentioned the book. I LOVE everything else that Dana Stabenow has written so I got the Kindle free sample chapters to try out. Chapter 1 centers on Marco Polo (yawn) but then Chapter 2 dealt with his abandoned family; by chapter 3 I was hooked. Bought the full book and I am now traveling the Silk Road with currently 6yr old Johanna Wu (Marco's grandaughter)....
I've finished. Really good read! Johanna Wu is older, and she has a wide cast of suporting characters, a lot of action, some intrigue, some romance. I love our main characters and really dislike the bad guys. Since this is the first book of a trilogy, there is an unexpected and juicy final chapter.
By the Shores of the Middle Sea (Silk & Song #2) comes out in Fall 2014. I can't wait!...more
This book was very hard for me to read. I was very put off, at first, by the strange narration style; by the narrator, and by the subject matter. I waThis book was very hard for me to read. I was very put off, at first, by the strange narration style; by the narrator, and by the subject matter. I was not in the mood for death, the hellishness of WWII Germany, and oh yeah, the death. But I needed a book to read and bought it on the strong suggestion of a friend (Christina). So I kept plugging away - and was finally blown away. This book is filled with so MUCH emotion that it wrings you out. I feel bruised, I'm spiritually sore. I'm so very sad at much of the book, and yet so very, very happy about one tiny part of the ending.
Reading this book was hard work for me, but it was totally worth it!...more
Where do I start with the ways I was disappointed with this book. The title? Instead of 3 days on Mimosa Lane it should be called 10 Months trapped onWhere do I start with the ways I was disappointed with this book. The title? Instead of 3 days on Mimosa Lane it should be called 10 Months trapped on Mimosa Lane. Each of the sections of the book subtitled "Day One", "Day Two", "Day Three", actually take place over a week or more, the totality of the book takes place over 10 months.
But that's a petty complaint compared to my main gripe, and that's the writing. In Creative Writing 101 in college, the #1 rule was "show, don't tell". I think DeStefano skipped that lesson. There is so much navel-gazing angst going on in this book. Don't hold your breath waiting for action to happen, aside from a single scene in each section, all of the action takes place 'off-screen'. But the characters talk about those 3 moments, endlessly. And most of that is internal conversations with themselves, actual dialog between characters is as rare as tuxes on tigers.
I finally decided to skip ahead to the next "day" and read a few chapters until I'd had the single action scene, and then I skipped to the end. What a disappointment, and a major waste of time, even with skipping chunks of the book. The biggest crime of all, this book is boring!...more
Blah. The first of Evanovich's non-Plum books that I really didn't like. This was a continuation of the story in Full Tilt, and it was forced in so maBlah. The first of Evanovich's non-Plum books that I really didn't like. This was a continuation of the story in Full Tilt, and it was forced in so many ways. The relationship "problems" between Max Holt & Jamie Swift were crudely and artificially obstructed. So many pointless disagreements and out of character "I'm not going to tell the other person this one thing" the result of which puts everyone in mortal danger. I didn't like the bickering, the lack of real story, the bad guy, the good guys, the location. I didn't like much of anything besides the dog, and even he was artificially manipulated.