Can I just say I have mixed feelings? Not because I didnt love the story but because Im not sure I agree
"Love doesn't require a future."
Can I just say I have mixed feelings? Not because I didn’t love the story but because I’m not sure I agree with the ending.
What a heartbreaking and beautiful story! In Five Years brought out so many emotions in me.
The novel is a story of two best friends, their friendship and the love, loss and hope they experienced.
From the first moment I opened this book, I knew I wouldn't be able to put it away for any reason. It's one of those books that demand your attention. This story spoke to me in so many ways. As I said earlier, it made me feel all types of emotions.
We have Bella, a free spirit girl who had absentee parents growing up. As a rich girl, life has brought her everything she wanted except love; Love from her parents or love from a significant other. Yet, Bella falls in love easily. Bella is a good person and a good friend with a good heart.
Then, we have Dannie Kohan who is a woman with her feet well planted on the earth. She's all about numbers and she loves her job as a lawyer. When the book begins she’s getting ready for an interview with a new firm but she also suspects her boyfriend, David Rosen is about to propose. Dannie is happy with her life and her five-year plan. Then a dream happens. A very real dream where she wakes up five years into the future, in a different home, in Brooklyn, with a ring on her finger and with a different man. A man named Aaron Gregory. The dream shakes her to her core.
Years later, Dannie meets the man of her vivid dream and she tries to stay away from him but fate or her destiny has other plans for her.
In Five Years had an amazing writing and a well-developed storyline that I won’t easily forget.
A complimentary copy was provided by Atria Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
How terrifying it has to be to have your worse fears come to life! This is exactly what happened to
“Dying is easy. It’s not dying that’s hard.”
How terrifying it has to be to have your worse fears come to life! This is exactly what happened to Margaret Jacobsen.
Margaret, a young woman, has everything to live for. She loves her boyfriend, Chip and she's about to start an amazing job. Anybody who knows Margaret knows she's driven. Then, a horrible event will destroy all her dreams and aspirations. Maggie will have to ask herself, is life worth living?
I read The Things You Save In A Fire, my first book by Katherine Center and I absolutely loved it. It was a 5 star for me. I couldn't believe this was my first book by this author and I immediately had to download this one.
There are so many things I loved about How to Walk Away. There's the banter, Maggie's sister Kitty, who's by the way, my favorite secondary character. And then, there's Ian. Oh Ian, so many things I loved about you. From your Sottish brogue to your amazing connection with Maggie.
Katherine Center has a knack for making up characters that I wish I could meet. I wish I could've helped Maggie. My emotions were all over the place. I didn't want for her to give up but I also understood how losing it all can devastate someone. It's so hard to start over! Maggie had more than enough reasons to not want to.
“I wasn’t a person who failed things. I was a person who aced things.”
My one complaint will be the scene closer to the end. It was too cookie cutter for me. Too over the top if you know what I mean.
How to Walk Away had a winning combination. Realistic characters and dialogue. I can't wait to see what Katherine Center delivers next.
“When you don’t know what to do for yourself, do something for somebody else”
"The moment was made of something fragile and delicate, yet it possessed the power to last forever."
What if you had to start over? What if your life was taken away from you and you had no say in how it happened? Would you welcome a second chance at starting over?
All these questions are going through Annie Harlow, the heroine of the Family Tree.
From the outside looking in, Annie has it all. She's married to a famous and handsome chef, she's living in a wonderful home and she's doing a job she loves. She's the producer of a very successful cooking show starring her husband, Martin.
Annie has many loves. She loves her family especially her grandmother, she loves cooking and producing, she loves maple syrup and when she was a teenager she loved a boy named Fletcher Wyndham. Now, married to Martin she thought she had it all until she lost it all.
Annie is on the way to the set to deliver exciting news to Martin, when she's confronted with a terrible truth, not too soon after, she's involved in a terrible accident that leaves her in a coma for one year.
When Annie wakes up, she's not in Los Angeles anymore. She's back home, Switchback, Vermont. She's surrounded by her family. Her mother, her estranged father, her brother, and his family are all there to support her. But Annie will have to start from zero. Many memories are gone. She will need to learn to eat, speak, walk and live again. She might also have a chance at love again. Fletcher, now a judge, is also there for her.
"Smell the roses, blow out the candle."
I'd say Family Tree is a Woman's fiction novel more than a romance. It's about rediscovering yourself, rebuilding one's soul and fighting for what you want. The novel mixes the past and the present without making the reader overwhelmed by the two timelines. The narrative and the characters are well delineated. Annie is likable although she could be selfish at times, mostly with her father and Fletcher. Fletcher wasn't perfect either. He didn't fight for Annie as he should have but I guess, they both learn from their past mistakes.
I enjoyed reading Family Tree. I'm sure I will read another book by Mrs. Wiggs.
Over the past month (I know, I was not suffering through years like so many) I have come to enjoy
What a bittersweet moment to end this book!
Over the past month (I know, I was not suffering through years like so many) I have come to enjoy learning about everything Elin Hilderbrand wanted to tell me about these characters. I have come to adore this not-so-perfect family with their quirks and all.
Bart coming back home from Afghanistan and finally listening to his point of view was something I enjoyed tremendously. He was a man who was suffering and who deserved some happiness.
I was ecstatic to see "Fast Eddie" showing up in this book. I liked him a lot in The Rumor despite getting himself into so much trouble and ending up in jail. Now, as a free man, he was trying to support his family and he was desperate to sell a property in order to keep his family afloat.
As Winter Solstice progresses, we check in with Patrick, Jennifer, Kevin, Isabelle, Ava, Margaret, Mitzi, and of course Kelley.
I won't lie and say that Winter Solstice didn't break my heart. As I approached the ending, I knew where this was going and more than a few tears were shed.
I'm going to miss these characters and my only hope is just like Fast Eddie, Elin Hilderbrand decides to bring them back into her future books.
Everyone has choices. You make them and then you live with the consequences.
I hope this is not the end of The Camel Club. I'm invested in
“Everyone has choices. You make them and then you live with the consequences.”
I hope this is not the end of The Camel Club. I'm invested in these characters and I want to know what is next for them.
Hell's Corner begins with a bang. B.O.O.M. Literally!
A stroll through Lafayette Park for Oliver Stone will prove to be more than a headache for him. A bomb has been detonated so close to the White House in spite of all the security surrounding the place. At first, it looks like a terrorist attack targetting the visiting British Prime Minister but after a while, it seems like there is so much more to this very carefully planned attack.
Oliver Stone is pulled to help his government again. A new badge and a new partner is given to him. His new partner is Mary Chapman, an MI-6 agent. Yet, like always with Oliver Stone having his past as John Carr, so many other agencies are not happy with him. Oliver will need to watch his back and when he can trust his own government, he will enlist the help of his friends from the Camel Club to help him investigate the terrorist attack before another one happens.
Hell's Corner was full of action, intrigue and killer suspense. One action, trigger multiple responses and it seemed like Oliver and Mary were always one step behind. They could trust no one but they both wanted the same thing: The truth.
There were two great twists which I loved. The second twist was perfect.
I do hope I get one more book so I can get some answers to the open-ended ones. If not Bon Voyage to Oliver, Annabelle, Mary, Harry, Reuben, Caleb, and Alex.
Jennifer is steel dealing with her pill addiction. Ava is dating both
The Quinns are back!!
This time the book begins way before Christmas.
Jennifer is steel dealing with her pill addiction. Ava is dating both Nathaniel and Scott (hard to have a favorite. Neither is worth it). Kevin is getting prepared for his wedding to Isabelle (The plan is to get married during the Christmas Holiday). Margaret might be walking down the aisle herself. Kelley has a health issue (I was not prepared for this one. Plenty of tears were shed). Mitzi is back with Kelley. Patrick is getting out of prison after doing his time for inside trading. Lastly, Bart might be alive and coming home for good.
So many sad and wonderful things are happing to the Quinns and I didn't want to miss any of it. There's plenty of drama to go around for this family. There were so many lingering questions from the prior two books and it was nice to get some closure (Although, one more book is out there).
I'm thankful for these books and for Mrs. Hilderbrand sharing these characters with us. I love the Winter series. Their drama, their hope, their happiness only made the season even more wonderful for me.
“If I ever hide something from you, it’s because I’m terrified to risk losing you. That whole roller-coaster thing? I’ve never felt like this. Never had my heart leave my body and belong to someone else. I don’t know how to have a relationship, and I’m bound to screw this one up.”
I should've known better after reading the dedication at the beginning of the book that tough times were coming. Yet, I was not prepared for the heartache I felt after reading The Last Letter. My heart was broken in tiny pieces.
The Last Letter was so well written that it felt real. The emotions, the characters, the military romance were all "possible". They had a ring of truth to them.
What's The Last Letter about?
Ella lives in Telluride, Colorado. She runs a Bed and Breakfast place. She's divorced but has a pair of twins, Maisie and Colt. Her brother Ryan is overseas. She doesn't know where he's at but when she asks him if any of the guys in his team needed some mail, Ryan told her to send letters to "Chaos", one of his teammates.
Not too long after establishing a pen pal relationship with Chaos, Ella learns that one of her children is very sick but she doesn't have time to be shocked. She needs to do whatever is necessary to help her child. Then, more devastating news is given to her.
Beckett (Chaos) didn't have a happy childhood. He joined the military and Ryan became his friend but his best friend is his special ops dog. He would do anything for her. After the death of a teammate, Beckett is ready to leave the military and go in search of Ella. When he gets there he doesn't want to tell her he's Chaos. At first, Ella is not happy with someone coming to "watch over" her but after a while, she starts trusting him and caring for him. Her children also get attached to him.
So what could go wrong?
For Ella, lying is not forgivable and as the reader you know, Beckett has been lying to her. It won't be pretty when she learns the truth.
The Last Letter is more than a military romance. It's about loss, regret, sickness, grief, hope, and forgiveness.
A complimentary copy was provided by Entangled via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This will teach me to read the synopsis before starting a book. Elin Hilderbrand clearly hints about the outcome of this book but sadly, I
This will teach me to read the synopsis before starting a book. Elin Hilderbrand clearly hints about the outcome of this book but sadly, I didn't read it and I just thought: "What a cute name for a book". I will say it was a very deceiving title and it left me completely unprepared for my feelings as I started approaching the end of The Matchmaker. It was, to say the least, a bittersweet story.
As with her prior books, Elin Hilderbrand takes you back to the Island of Nantucket with its charming people, beautiful sceneries and the unraveling of a specific family or character's life.
Dabney Kimball Beech has always loved only one man, Clendenin Hughes. When he left the island twenty-seven years ago in the pursuit of his dream as a journalist, he took her heart with him. She did marry a man that she has come to care for, John Boxmiller Beech.
Box is a famous economist whom even the President of the United States likes to consult from time to time. When Clendenin left he didn't know Dabney was pregnant with their daughter, Agnes. Box took the role of a father as Agnes starting growing up. Now as a young woman, Agnes is dating an older man. Someone Dabney doesn't approve of.
To make her life even more interesting, Dabney receives an email from Clendenin. In it, he tells her that he's coming back to Nantucket and he wants to reconnect with her. This piece of news will mark the beginning of a new chapter in Dabney's life.
Dabney was a very nice woman. She was a huge believer in love and she tried to help everyone around her. For this reason, everyone liked her. She was friendly, sweet and she had a stellar reputation as a matchmaker. A total of Forty-two couples were together because of Dabney. The only one she never got right was her own love story. She was in love with Clendenin from the first moment he joined her school. His return to the island brings chaos into her life. Too many things are happening too fast for Dabney. She will need to learn to deal with all of her new emotions and decide if it's too late for her and Clendenin or if she continues living comfortably with Box.
I thought the last third of the book was a tear jerker. It was unexpected but it gave the story a tone of truthfulness.
The Matchmaker proves to me once again that Elin Hilderbrand can bring a phenomenal gamma of emotions to her stories.
“The destiny that matters most in anyone’s life is the one concerning love.”
Every Breath is a tear jerker. You have been warned!
For the longest time, I resisted reading Nicholas Sparks novels. I had seen the movies like A Walk to Remember, Message in a Bottle, Dear John and The Notebook. So I knew his main characters either didn't stay together or one of them died. As a true romantic, this really hurt my heart. Then, I read The Longest Ride, See Me, and Two by Two and I became a fan of his storytelling.
Every Breath took me on a journey full of destiny, hope, heartbreak and true love.
Tru Walls is going to America for the first time. His biological father has sent him a letter and in it, he has asked Tru to meet him. The meeting will take place in North Carolina, in Sunset Beach. In Africa, Tru is a guide in Zimbabwe. Since early in his life, he has spent time in the bush. He was once married but currently divorced. He has one son he adores and he gets along with his ex-wife Kim.
Hope Anderson has many things to think about. Her boyfriend of six years, an orthopedic surgeon is currently in Las Vegas. Over the years, he had a problem with faithfulness and they are currently on a break. Hope decides to go to his family beach home in Sunset Beach for the last time. The beach house is going on sale to save money to pay for his father's care who has recently being diagnosed with ALS. Hope will stay there and will attend the wedding of her best friend over the weekend. She's concerned and has no idea how to explain her boyfriend's absence.
A chance encounter due to Hope's dog will begin a true love affair between these two souls. Hope will show Tru the magic of a place called the Kindred Spirit, and it will connect them forever.
After reading, Every Breath, I'm dying to go to Sunset Beach and Kindred Spirit. Whoever decided to start it, had a great idea in the making.
I can't end my review without thanking Grand Central Publishing, NetGalley and Nicholas Sparks for my copy of Every Breath. The cover alone is gorgeous.
The Dream Daughter is full of hard choices, good intentions, and unbelievable outcomes.
The story begins with Caroline Grant in the 1960's.
The Dream Daughter is full of hard choices, good intentions, and unbelievable outcomes.
The story begins with Caroline Grant in the 1960's. She’s a physical therapist working in a hospital when she’s assigned a new patient to her schedule. The patient, Hunter Poole has not connected with anybody and they think he has sustained his injuries when he tried to commit suicide by jumping from a three-story building. When he sees her, he immediately points at her and tells her that he wants her as his physical therapist and he will do whatever she wants him to do.
Caroline will never know how this meeting will impact her life in the future.
A few years later, Carly is now Caroline Sears and she has recently become a widow. Her husband Joe has died in Vietnam and she has recently discovered that she’s pregnant. A bittersweet moment that soon becomes a nightmare when her unborn baby is diagnosed with a possible problem with the aortic valve.
In the 1970’s there is nothing to do for her baby. Her unborn daughter will probably die soon after being delivered. Caroline is devastated by the news. Then, her brother in law, Hunter, tells her he has a solution but it will require a leap of faith by Carly. At first, Caroline is skeptical, angry and worried that he's going crazy but when he proves he can do it, she knows she has to take the chance at a miracle.
The Dream Daughter shows a mother who's willing to sacrifice anything for the life of her child. I knew Diana Chamberlain was not going to disappoint me with her storytelling. I liked all her main characters especially Caroline and Hunter. Caroline was determined to help her unborn baby and do whatever was necessary to give her a chance at a normal life.
Thank you St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary in exchange for an honest review.
Sara is back in Grant County. She's visiting her family through the holidays. She has not been back in
This series is only getting better!
Sara is back in Grant County. She's visiting her family through the holidays. She has not been back in almost four years.
Shortly after her arrival, the body of a young woman is found in the ice. The man suspected of her death, asks for Sara's help. At first, Sara wants nothing to do with it but she believes something is going on with the police department, especially with Detective Lena Adams. She calls the GBI in.
Will who's on vacation is called by his boss, Amanda Wagner. She wants him to go to Grant County and find out the truth about the murder and to look into what the police department is hiding.
Will knows this is personal for Sara. Yet, his gut instinct is telling him that there's something wrong with the police department. It's not the same as when Chief Tolliver was handling it. Frank is the interim chief and he and his detectives are not welcoming or helpful.
Broken was bittersweet. We see Grant County through Sara and Lena's eyes. Losing Jeffrey has brought nothing good to the town. Both women can't wait to leave it.
Lena has stayed behind because the town represents Jeffrey. Lena is in a relationship. A healthy one which is a shock. I guess she finally learned her lesson. Lena is more mature and less inclined to blame others for her mistakes. She still makes them but at least she's able to point the finger at herself. I was surprised to see her being helpful to Will. I mean she still kept things from him but she was not as bad as 4 years ago.
“He was playing chess and she was sucking at checkers.”
Will is amazing in this one too. He's able to follow the crumbs to find the truth. Once he realizes something is off, Will is too stubborn to let it go.
It was so tough to see Sara back in her hometown. Her devastation and pain were there for anyone to see. Some of the scenes brought tears to my eyes. I continue to root for Sara and Will. I think they can make a great couple.
I found it refreshing to see Sara's sister Tessa in a happy marriage and starting a family. Tessa had it rough too and she has earned some happiness. I love Sara and Tessa's relationship. They are truly siblings.
“Tessa reached out and took her hand. “Can I tell you something?” “As long as it’s not advice on chasing after a married man.”
What I can say about My Oxford Year without spoiling it for you? I will tell you that I loved it. Yes, at some point I was crying. It was inevitable. But, at the end of the day, I was pleasantly surprised by it.
My Oxford Year has a great cast of characters, a budding romance and a BIG unknown. A perfect trifecta for this romance reader.
As the novel begins, we meet our heroine Ella Durran who has recently arrived at Oxford. She's doing one year abroad studying English Lit. Just when she gets there, she receives a phone call, the next possible candidate to the presidency needs her help but Ella doesn't want to let go of her dream of Oxford. She offers to help from overseas instead. She knows that come June 11th, she'll be back in the States and hopefully as part of this candidate's new team.
On the same day, still jetlagged, she meets Jamie Davenport, a "posh brat" who makes a terrible impression on her despite being incredibly attractive. Not soon after, she learns he will be her professor for the term. In the beginning, Ella is not sure what to do about it but once again, she wants to do the Oxford thing, just like she promised herself when she was a teenager.
Jamie Davenport has a reputation with the ladies. From the gossip Ella can gather, he doesn't do long-term relationships. But, Ella is not worried, is not like she likes him, right? And even if she finds him attractive, she won't let her heart dictate her future. She lost once and that was more than enough.
Life has a funny way of messing with people's lives. In spite of both, Ella and Jamie who start with not wanting anything serious will learn that love has no boundaries and can't be contained.
As I said earlier, the characters in this novel were fascinating. Ella and Jamie were both smart, funny and honest. Their philosophical discussions, as well as their love for poetry, help them become closer to each other. They got one another and I was so happy for them until the twist hurt my heart.
"I chose to experience a lifetime."
As for the secondary characters, Ella's friends were all so cool. I wanted to be friends with them myself. They were a good support system for Ella. They took her under their wing not too long after arriving at Oxford and showed her the ropes.
One last thing. My Oxford Year is going to be a movie which is great news. I won't have to wait long to see Sam as Jamie.
A complimentary copy was provided by William Morrow in exchange for an honest review.
"I think normal is what life looked like five minutes before I slipped on the ice."
How horrible it had to be to wake up with false
"I think normal is what life looked like five minutes before I slipped on the ice."
How horrible it had to be to wake up with false memories! This is exactly what happened to Lucy Sparks.
Lucy had everything going for her. She had a great relationship with her boyfriend Matt Newman. She had a great job and she was happy with her life. Then she falls on the ice and suffers a severe trauma to her head and in one second she losses it all.
When Lucy wakes up in the hospital, she discovers that the man next to her bed, her friend and co-worker Matt is actually her live-in boyfriend but she doesn't remember anything about her relationship with him. Instead, she remembers her ex-fiancee Daniel London but she remembers him as her husband. She remembers everything about her wedding even though, her parents assured her it never happened. She hasn't even seen him in four years!
Lucy feels so confused and every time, she is close to Matt she feels like she's cheating on Daniel. It breaks her heart and Matt's too.
For his part, Matt is determined to help her try to remember by recreating some of their special moments.
The Life Lucy Knew broke my heart. I felt bad for both Lucy and Matt. They were served with a rotten deal. Matt was so sweet and patient but I also understood how terrible it was for Lucy. She was feeling a sense of loyalty towards Daniel, a man whom she believed to be her husband. She had trouble recognizing which of her memories were true and which were false and created by her own mind.
"Feeling like you're a passenger in a car, versus the driver."
I couldn't put down The Life Lucy Knew, I HAD to know how the story was going to unfold. Her unique situation forced her to make new choices. I NEEDED to know which road she was going to follow. I won't lie, I was rooting for Lucy and Matt the whole way through. He was so easy to like and fall for. Rooting for Lucy was not difficult. She had to question everything in her life and have the courage to continue onward with her new life since she wasn't sure her memories will ever come back.
With the Life Lucy Knew, Karma Brown has created a new fan in me.
A complimentary copy was provided by Harlequin via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
“Ivie froze at the sound of the deep, low voice. Later, much later, she would remember most clearly not the moment she looked into his eyes, but rather the split second before she did.”
This was a short and great novella!
The main characters are Silas and Ivie.
Silas is a Glymera vampire. He's an aristocrat but a very respectful, gracious and, thoughtful one. He's also very mysterious.
Ivie is a nurse at Haver's who takes her job seriously and who's used to dealing with death on a regular basis. She's nothing farther from an aristocrat. She comes from a very loving family and it shows.
When Ivie and Silas meet at a bar, Ivie is tempted and even more when he proceeds to ask her out. Refusing is harder than she thinks.
Dearest Ivie brought me back to earlier BDB books. My favorite scene involves Silas meeting her family. Her dad who's a biker and who's fiercely protective of Ivie makes for a good laugh.
Silas, seriously, these are not your peeps. My dad has tattoos and a Harley. He and my mahmen live in a prefab house out on a farm, and eat their own chickens. We’re talking beer out of a can, a store-bought cake, and hunting dogs running around under the table.”
I was also surprised about the turn of events and I found myself crying over it. Ivie was rock solid when she needed to be but she also understood her limitations.
It was extremely hard not to fall for Silas. He was everything Ivie needed. Ivie for her part was smart, honest and she had no qualms about speaking her mind. She told it like it was. No sugar coating.
I hope to see these characters again in another BDB book.
Im really happy when Im with you. I get the feeling you feel the same way. And if thats true, I dont think you should give a fuck about what
“I’m really happy when I’m with you. I get the feeling you feel the same way. And if that’s true, I don’t think you should give a fuck about what people may or may not think of our age difference. Furthermore, if our ages were reversed, no one would bat an eyelash. Am I right? So now it’s just some sexist, patriarchal crap, and you don’t strike me as the kind of woman who’s going to let that dictate her happiness. All right? Next issue…”
I hated the ending. There I said it.
The only way this could work for me is if Robinne Lee is thinking of writing book #2.
I have read prior books where there is an age difference between the leading female and male character. On the Island and The Education of Sebastian, both have older women falling in love with a younger counterpart.
Solène Marchand is thirty-nine-year-old when she meets twenty-year-old singer Hayes Campbell. How does it happen? When her ex-husband fails to deliver taking her twelve-year-old daughter and her friends to the hit popular boy band August Moon's concert. Solène and the girls meet the band players but only one of them makes his interest clear. Soon she's making up clandestine dates with Hayes and what's starts as a fling morphs into a real relationship. But, Solène has many doubts. First, her daughter is infatuated with Hayes. Then, there's her age difference, the girls, and women trying to get the band players and of course the paparazzi who can destroy her privacy and her daughter's too.
“I’m saying it because I love you.”He was quiet, weighing the moment. And then he smiled, wide. “What took you so long?”I laughed. “I was just making sure it was you, and not the idea of you.”
Hayes is mature for his age. He has traveled the world and he knows what he wants when he sees it. He has charm, looks, and sincerity in his words which is the main reason he was able to woo Solène in the first place. He made her feel important and sexy again. He was also a good listener. Although I kept on thinking at twenty, you really don't know what life is all about.
“This is insane. You realize that, right?” “Only if someone gets hurt.” “Someone always gets hurt, Hayes.”
I went into this book blind. I didn't read the blurb but I knew it was nominated for a Goodreads Award and I didn't have any books in this category.
I started late at night (big mistake) and it pulled me so thoroughly, I couldn't stop. I knew from the beginning their relationship was doomed. An older woman with a young famous artist in a world where there is a double standard on age in relationships was not going to be easy. The heartache was expected. The "world" pulling them apart was expected and yet, it touched me on a deeper level. My heart broke for them and I only wish that Robinne Lee could put it back together by giving me a sequel. After all, a property was up for sale.
"Long, long before I had stopped loving him.
Don't hesitate to read The Idea of You you just need to be aware of its content and if the age difference is a problem then you're missing a great piece of fiction.
I want to do things that feed me. I want to surround myself with art and fascinating people and stimulating experiences … and beauty. I want to surprise myself.” Hayes smiled then, slow, knowing. “It’s like unfolding a flower.” “It’s what?” “You, revealing yourself. You, who vowed to share as little as possible.”
“Some stories don’t have happy endings. Even love stories. Maybe especially love stories.”
The Nightingale is a realistic fiction novel depicting a time when France was occupied by Nazi Germany during WWII. It tells the story of two sisters, Vianne and Isabelle who lost their mom when they were too young. You could also say, that in a way, they have lost their father too who was a broken man after the Great War. When the war begins, Vianne is working as a teacher. She's married to Antoine and they have a daughter, Sophie. Isabelle, the younger sibling, is only eighteen. She's impetuous and adventurous.
Before long, Antoine is sent to fight in the war, leaving Vianne and Sophie behind. Isabelle soon joins her sister, after her father sends her away from Paris. Vianne and Isabelle have never been close. Their differences have always been noticeable. Vianne thinks of herself as weak and worries about their survival, while Isabelle speaks her mind and wants to join the fight. She wants to be part of the resistance. Their lives become more complicated when a German captain is sent to live with them. Vianne tries to keep her head down and be inconspicuous. Isabelle, on the other hand, knows she can't stay with Vianne without putting her and Sophie at risk. When the chance to join the resistance comes, Isabelle makes up an excuse to go back to Paris. Here is where the story becomes impossible to put down. The sisters' tribulations, losses, heartbreak and the always present danger captivates the reader.
“A broken heart hurts as badly in wartime as in peace.”
I believe The Nightingale is a story that should be read by everyone. Kristin Hannah does a great job in detailing the horrors of the war and their consequences. At times, I felt like my insides were being ripped apart. I knew it couldn't end well for them. Or at least not for both. The end was bittersweet. I would recommend having some tissues around. I was not a sobbing mess like I was with her other novel, Firefly Lane, but it was close enough.
I hope the movie does this book justice. I hope to add it to prior masterpieces like Shindler's List and Life is Beautiful.
“Men tell stories,” I say. It is the truest, simplest answer to his question. “Women get on with it. For us it was a shadow war. There were no parades for us when it was over, no medals or mentions in history books. We did what we had to during the war, and when it was over, we picked up the pieces and started our lives over.”
I laughed and I cried reading it. Yet, again another book that made me cry while on a plane. My poor
Excellent addition to the Porter trilogy!
I laughed and I cried reading it. Yet, again another book that made me cry while on a plane. My poor husband kept on asking me if I was all right. Thankfully, I was in the window seat, so no one else was privy to my madness.
Dustin is the youngest Porter brother. He has a son that he loves and a respectable business despite the reputation his family inherited. His dad was tough on him and his only friend growing up was Jessie Hayes. Jessie's dad and Dustin's dad hated each other and after a nasty event, Dustin broke off his relationship with Jessie for good.
Dustin, like his siblings, has something to hide. Something that only family and I guess the Last Riders know about him. Or maybe I should say that he has three secrets but I won't tell you those. What I can tell you, is that Dustin takes charge when Jessie goes missing after being brutally attacked and left for dead. I can tell you that he's extremely patient and careful with her and when the time comes, he will tell her exactly what he wants from her.
Jessie has always loved Dustin. She has followed his life, his happy and sad moments from afar and I felt sorry for her for not moving forward. I'm not sure I like the idea that a woman is pinning her life on a man and will wait forever for him despite not knowing if he cares for her. The only time I saw Jessie shine was at work or when she was firm with her brothers. I think those situations saved her from being a doormat.
One of the reasons why I continue reading the work of Jamie Begley is because of the huge character pool she has created. There are so many characters that I love and that I enjoy seeing them reappear even if it is a tiny cameo.
The one character who shined in this book was Greer. He has become one of my favorite characters in the series. I hope to see more of him in the Last Riders.
I'm sad to say that I must cheat on Will Trent. Will's books have been my favorite until now. Pretty Girls was perfection. The suspense was
I'm sad to say that I must cheat on Will Trent. Will's books have been my favorite until now. Pretty Girls was perfection. The suspense was absolutely killing me. I started the audio on a drive and by the end of the four-hour drive, I had to switch to the book. The audio was not fast enough for me. There were things I wanted to know but I was scared of waiting for. So I did something I never do. I look for spoilers. Sadly for me, the questions I needed an answer for were not in the spoilers I read.
Pretty Girls has an awesome twist. One I didn't see coming. Smaller twists were also there but I was able to guess them earlier on. Karin Slaughter spindles a story so perfect that you're unable to walk away from it, even for a second. I was glued to it. Nothing was more important than finishing her novel. Karin writes a malevolous psychopath. Such a sordid story that gave me a sour taste in my mouth. There are some scenes involving the psychopath and his victims that were very hard to read.
I hope Karin Slaughter is nice and sweet in real life because her mind is freaking twisted. It was hard to listen to some of the things the masked man does to the women he captures. If I could have skipped those parts, I would have (It's kind of hard to skip parts when you're driving on the interstate).
In Pretty Girls, Karin gives us the story of the Carroll family. We have Sam, the father. We have Helen, the mother and three sisters: Julia, Lydia and Claire. When Julia goes missing in 1991, the family breaks. Sam becomes obsessed with finding his daughter's kidnapper. He's unable to give up and Helen can't watch him self-destruct. She divorces him. Lydia turns to drugs and sex while Claire tries to be perceived as not existent.
Twenty years later, a new girl has gone missing and something happens in Claire's life that forces her to seek Lydia's help. The sisters' relationship has been estranged for many years. What follows is the unraveling of the mystery surrounding Julia's disappearance and a deception so shocking, it will stay in my mind forever.
Earlier on, I talked about spoilers which I needed to know. Well, if someone is looking for them, I'll post them here:
(view spoiler)[Sam is killed by Paul | Nolan is a good guy| Adam is not part of it | Paul doesn't rape Lydia| Paul is the masked man | Claire kills Paul. (hide spoiler)]
Pretty Girls was exciting, nail-biting, gruesome, and a terrifying novel. It was hard to read it at times. Yet, I couldn't put it down.