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message 1: by Esil (new)

Esil Lovely review. I really liked this on too. Your warning at the end is perfect!


message 2: by Margitte (new)

Margitte Esil wrote: "Lovely review. I really liked this on too. Your warning at the end is perfect!"

Thanks, Esil. I quickly dashed over to your review and loved every word of it too. I simply adore this author's writing style, his choice of characters, the intrigue and humor in his stories. He really writes my kind of books. lolol.


message 3: by Dolors (new)

Dolors The humor and quirkiness reminds me of a book I recently read, Margitte. And your description of Elsa based on those literary characters sounds quite intriguing. Great review!


message 4: by Sonja (new)

Sonja Arlow This one is very high on my tbr list. Glad you loved it!


message 5: by Margitte (new)

Margitte Sonja wrote: "This one is very high on my tbr list. Glad you loved it!"

This was one of those that I kept skipping, and finally just decided it's time. What a delightful few days to read it. Hope you tackle it soon, Sonja :-)


message 6: by Margitte (new)

Margitte Dolors wrote: "The humor and quirkiness reminds me of a book I recently read, Margitte. And your description of Elsa based on those literary characters sounds quite intriguing. Great review!"

Thanks Dolors. Perhaps you might consider it?


message 7: by Howard (new)

Howard VERY IMPORTANT: You do need a sense of humor and a huge imagination to let this book work for you.

Then that must describe you, Margitte, because it is obvious from your review that the book worked for you.

Beautiful review.


message 8: by Margitte (new)

Margitte Howard wrote: "Then that must describe you, Margitte, because it is obvious from your review that the book worked for you..."

Thanks, Howard. Yes, I did not think about it this way, but you're right. I felt at home between the pages without knowing why. So good to see you!


message 9: by Michael (new)

Michael Superb delving and distillation of this charming book. I like the connections you make to other books. The ability of children to facilitate development of adults reminds me of Poisonwood Bible. The book also helps understand the value of fairy tales for kids to frame the world.


message 10: by Margitte (new)

Margitte Michael wrote: "Superb delving and distillation of this charming book. I like the connections you make to other books. The ability of children to facilitate development of adults reminds me of Poisonwood Bible. ..."

It took me many years to discover the real purpose of fairy tales. It was an excellent way of encouraging kids to develop all their emotions and learn how to deal with each one. In that sense this book with the fairy tale nuances, which played a pivotal role in the story, did exactly what it was suppose to do for this little girl and even more.

I did not make the connection with Poison Bible. You're so right about that! Amazing yes. Excellent comparison.


message 11: by Lynne (new)

Lynne King This sounds an interesting book Margitte.


message 12: by Jan (new)

Jan Rice Sounds inspirational, Margitte--or at least you bring out that aspect. Let's hear it for grandmother power!


message 13: by Diane (new)

Diane Barnes Really great review, but then again, yours usually are! You have to love an author who can even make you love Britt - Marie at the end!


message 14: by Kathy McC (new)

Kathy McC Can't wait to read this book!


message 15: by Margitte (new)

Margitte Lynne wrote: "This sounds an interesting book Margitte."

On many levels, yes, Lynne.


message 16: by Margitte (last edited Aug 28, 2015 10:42PM) (new)

Margitte Jan wrote: "Sounds inspirational, Margitte--or at least you bring out that aspect. Let's hear it for grandmother power!"

Jan, uhummmm....inspirational...mmm....not sure. It's more of a comedy thriller, I think. But seriously, the more I think about it, the more interesting the role of the Granny becomes, with the importance in children's lives even more prominent without becoming preachy/sentimental at all.

On the other hand, I stopped reading fairy tales to my kids when they were young. I had a moral problem with the fact that they vilified stepmothers - promoting hatred/prejudice, sort of. I was also of the opinion that the stories were too brutal, violent, and unrealistic! BIG MISTAKE, in retrospect. My poor kids. They missed out on so much! :-)


message 17: by Margitte (new)

Margitte Diane wrote: "Really great review, but then again, yours usually are! You have to love an author who can even make you love Britt - Marie at the end!"

Oh thank you, Diane. Don't you just hate it to lose the mouthy old fart in the story?! Lolol. I was expecting Britt-Marie to leave in a huff and a puff when everyone ignores her. Next thing I knew, she is a wise, lonely old woman who needs our love, and we really were convinced that it is the right thing to do! Oy! The author made softies of us all and we're so okay with it. Brainwashed. :-))))


message 18: by Deanna (new)

Deanna Great review Margitte :)


message 19: by Margitte (new)

Margitte Marita wrote: "You obviously have both a sense of humour and a good imagination, Margitte. Nice review!"

Thanks, Marita. I am beginning to doubt that 'warning' in the review. It was meant to forewarn the reader who won't like the unrealistic seven-year-old child. And of course, Granma is a delightful lifesaving, driving-people-nuts superhero. That's her superpowers, according to Elsa. Not everyone appreciates a loony character like that. I suspect it is the reason why many readers just close the book and walk off. The two main characters both have a screw lose somewhere, but in a good way. You must have the stomach to endure them, though :-)


message 20: by Margitte (new)

Margitte Deanna wrote: "Great review Margitte :)"

Thanks, Deanna! :-)


message 21: by Beth (new)

Beth Thanks for this review. I need a fix from a feisty Grandmother instead of being one.


message 22: by Margitte (new)

Margitte Beth wrote: "Thanks for this review. I need a fix from a feisty Grandmother instead of being one."

hehehehe, ditto here, Beth! :-))


message 23: by Suzy (new)

Suzy I'm excited to see your 5-stars for this one too, Margitte. I didn't read in detail since I plan to listen to the book soon, but the thread of comments inspires me to move it up on my tbr.


message 24: by Margitte (new)

Margitte Suzy wrote: "I'm excited to see your 5-stars for this one too, Margitte. I didn't read in detail since I plan to listen to the book soon, but the thread of comments inspires me to move it up on my tbr."

Hopefully it will also be one of your best reads, Suzy.


message 25: by Julie (new)

Julie I love imagination! Outstanding review.


message 26: by Margitte (new)

Margitte Julie wrote: "I love imagination! Outstanding review. "

awww thanks, Julie!


message 27: by Çimen (new)

Çimen Looks like a charming book Margitte, going straight to my tbr list :)


message 28: by Margitte (new)

Margitte Çimen wrote: "Looks like a charming book Margitte, going straight to my tbr list :)"

It starts off slow, but then it happens. I hope you like it, Çimen. It was a surprise and a good one too. :-)


message 29: by Kathy McC (new)

Kathy McC I loved A Man Called Ove. Glad you enjoyed his second book, too. I have it loaded on my Kindle ready to read!


message 30: by Margitte (new)

Margitte Kathy McC wrote: "I loved A Man Called Ove. Glad you enjoyed his second book, too. I have it loaded on my Kindle ready to read!"

Oh I hope you will enjoy the experience, Kathy. This book is a little different from Ove. But it has its own charm.


message 31: by Pamela (new)

Pamela Margitte, thank you SOOOOO much for your review of this book. I just read it and absolutely and totally loved it. Hadn't heard of it until I saw your review. Stole your idea of a disclaimer, as I am sure I have friends who would not find the hidden delights of this to their taste. Though I did try to make mine unique! Now on to a Man Called Ove!


message 32: by Margitte (new)

Margitte Pamela wrote: "Margitte, thank you SOOOOO much for your review of this book. I just read it and absolutely and totally loved it. Hadn't heard of it until I saw your review. Stole your idea of a disclaimer, as I a..."

Awww Pamela, what a wonderful thing to say, thank YOU so much! I am just so very happy that you also liked the book. I am going over to your review right this minute! :-))


message 33: by Marie (new)

Marie Braz Agreed, Elsa is a little girl I will not soon forget, much like the Pippi I grew up with.


message 34: by Margitte (new)

Margitte Marie wrote: "Agreed, Elsa is a little girl I will not soon forget, much like the Pippi I grew up with."

So special. I still think about this book. You might want to read a follow up book about Britt-Marie.
Britt-Marie Was Here
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 35: by Jessaka (new)

Jessaka Great review. I am going to love this book when it comes up at our book group.


message 36: by Margitte (new)

Margitte Jessaka wrote: "Great review. I am going to love this book when it comes up at our book group."

I think I should recommend it to our book club. So happy to meet you, Jessaka. I look forward to reading your reviews and discover new books through your shelves. Happy 2017 reading to you!


message 37: by Jessaka (new)

Jessaka Same here Margitte.


message 38: by Linda (new)

Linda Karlsson Yes Sophie's World came to mind


message 39: by Nicole~ (new)

Nicole~ A sweet captivating review, Margitte.


message 40: by Margitte (new)

Margitte Nicole~ wrote: "A sweet captivating review, Margitte."

Thanks, Nicole.


message 41: by Maureen (last edited May 08, 2017 12:54AM) (new)

Maureen What a lovely review Margitte.


message 42: by Margitte (new)

Margitte Maureen wrote: "What a lovely review Margitte."

Thank YOU, Maureen for reading all my reviews. I really appreciate it.


Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters I'm not sure I ever told you how much I love this review you wrote --
I always felt I was a little alone in 'how' much' I loved this book --
It can still ache in my heart at times --
The relationships between grandma --daughter -- and most her granddaughter -- omg --I'm not sure I have the words for all I feel --but I could start crying in seconds when I think of this book too much!
Blessings my friend --and thanks again for your lovely review --
so beautiful -- as so many of your reviews are...............
but its more than that ---you 'feel' books in ways I do sometimes --and when I feel it for the same book -- OMG -- lol --I just want to hug the heck out of you (its a feeling hard to describe) .....
I just know I want to cry!
xoxoxo


message 44: by Margitte (new)

Margitte Elyse wrote: "I'm not sure I ever told you how much I love this review you wrote --
I always felt I was a little alone in 'how' much' I loved this book --
It can still ache in my heart at times --
The relatio..."


THANK YOU, dear Elyse. Yes, this book just stir so many feelings for me as well, even just thinking about it. Your heartfelt comment now does the same! Thank you.


message 45: by Carole (new)

Carole I am finally getting to read this wonderful book. Loved your review. I imagine Beartown blew you away.


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