I won the Poppy Field Diary in a Goodreads Romance Audiobook Giveaway. Because the delivery of the prose by the narrator was so eloquent I bought theI won the Poppy Field Diary in a Goodreads Romance Audiobook Giveaway. Because the delivery of the prose by the narrator was so eloquent I bought the ebook and reread it without the bias of the audio voice -- Guess what? It stands up in print as well as in audio! A version of this review is also on Amazon.
When I was halfway through the book, I was stunned by the lushness and beauty. I was absorbing it as I would an old uncle reading the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam after lunch, and before nap, on a warm summer day by the sea--begging it not to end -- I sent a note to the Author, Carey Richard, saying so. For me it became a slow read -- because I did not want it to end. I didn't want to devour the meal but savor it. I listened to a chapter every few days usually while doing something outside.
It was smooth and easy -- until it wasn't. But the new phase was just as moving, The mounting tensions of a lush romance entangled with the politics of the near east region of the Farsi world during the final decades of the 20th century served as a preamble to current times.
A smart woman's character winds us through the joys and the tragedy of one of the worlds most contested regions-- then and now. It is a braided narrative of families bound by marriage and nations thrown asunder by burgeoning violence. When I got to the point where I needed to know who would win -- the young heroine that we had known since she was a child playing in "her poppy field," before marriage, before war-- I was overwhelm with my own hope for her.
This is a book for people who love to love and love to think -- I give it my highest recommendation....more
You May Not Wanna Read this Book-- But Ya Oughta-- and You Won't Be Disappointed.
When physician-author Cory Franklin’s 'The Doctor Will See You' arri You May Not Wanna Read this Book-- But Ya Oughta-- and You Won't Be Disappointed.
When physician-author Cory Franklin’s 'The Doctor Will See You' arrived in the mail — I started reading it immediately. I cancelled my Dance Class. When I had to go out, I bought the audiobook so I could keep listening. I knew the geography of his stories, Chicago, Boston, the history of all medicine… but the craft of the presentation—Oh baby the craft!
Anyone who has read Cory Franklin’s Cook County ICU, or listened to his regular pod cast Remembering the Passed (https://www.youtube.com/user/Remember... ) knows one thing for sure — this is one of the smartest men ever born. You know the type. He could probably tell you who won the World Series on the second leap year, after the first airstrike by US troops in Vietnam — he’s that kind smart. It also happens he is an iconic physician and ethicist whose humanity is as great as his intelligence — and yeah you can figure that all out by his writing. The second thing to know about this book is: you are an idiot if you try to guess at his politics or what he will think or say on the next page — just go along for the ride. He simply has seen too much, knows too much and cares too much, to not to have anything but an original analysis.
'The Doctor Will See You Now'— though very different in tone from Victoria Sweet’s astounding exploration in Slow Medicine — it covers the same territory and more. The book reads like a film you meant to see. From the analysis of spectacular violence in the media and its immolation in life — or vice versa — to uproarious humor — you almost forget the book is a memoir, not ficiton. If you care about the history, present or future medicine, humanity or life on the planet, this is an essential read for you. But don’t be confused though you will find yourself rolling on the floor in laughter, there will be head shaking and tears. ...more
I have always appreciated Dr Gerritsen’s crime stories and particularly the humanity of the friendship between the polar opposites,Rizzoli and Isles..I have always appreciated Dr Gerritsen’s crime stories and particularly the humanity of the friendship between the polar opposites,Rizzoli and Isles... But the historical fiction that is this book, ‘Playing with Fire’ brings to bear this author’s full humanity and craft. Not one twist or turn was anticipated, the medicine was sweetly blended with it’s strengths and foibles. It’s a story that brings new fans and grows the old beyond our borders. It reminds us that humanity is not a physical designation but an inspiration, a reason to be. Victor Hugo would be proud to call Tess Gerritsen a colleague. SDW ...more
I’ve always known that the couples in romances do not stand alone but stand in the context of their families and their cInterior Design by Kate Forest
I’ve always known that the couples in romances do not stand alone but stand in the context of their families and their communities. Interior Design takes it to another level. The structure of the book has all the standard romance cueing except it doesn’t. The first chapter is read at a rate that is so fast that you try to slow it down with the audiobook controls—which does not work. Then you realize the rate underscores the inner voice of the character— and even more so when you become locked into the cadence of the second protagonist. It seems—seriously—that more words and less punctuation are crammed into the sentences. The result is the perception of the characters racing thoughts — it’s not just the narration. Then that pace is contrasted with the plodding detail oriented voice of the second character— They are like two dancers moving separately until they come to a pas de deux and share one another’s rhythms.
This is a romance but also a mystery on so many levels. Finishing it makes you want to seek out more friends in different phases of life and physical states than ones-self. Interior Design deals with science & research, and art & design (as the therapy we know they can be). The doctor in me respects the accuracy of the clinical pictures transmitted through the voices of author Forest’s characters — seamlessly and without boring us. It's a bioethicist dream! It's my kind of book!
Interior Design is a well written, continuously character driven exchange. It paints a picture of an ethnic community with respect, complexity but with humor and wisdom. Interior design is riddled with mystery going far beyond any simple “Who Done It!” And finally, it tackles a couple of illnesses that could have swamped the story — but instead illnesses propel the romance. Thank you Kate Forest for writing this one, and for doing it so darn well! It really shows the power of romance as a genre....more
I’ve always been attracted to crime stories (Childhood attraction to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) medical stories ( more professional genre) and romance. EI’ve always been attracted to crime stories (Childhood attraction to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) medical stories ( more professional genre) and romance. Even better if combined. And even though I know that Tess Gertsen and Nora Roberts don’t need my review — I’m just compelled. There are two types of crime stories I can’t stand, serial murders ( I grew up in LA doing the Zodiac Killer Murders) and stories about people being taken captive and kept by derange sadistic men. Somehow, Nora Roberts has done it again… Come Sundown is a brilliant weaving of both those themes ( and this is not a spoiler believe me) a family and extended family romance. The brand new — This is already a Nora Roberts classic— taking me deep into regional culture of it's characters so much so you long to live there -- despite the tribulations of the story and -- Just when you think a well has the right to dry up — sometimes it springs back to life as a geyser -- in the form of a Western no less. ...more
I love the premise ... an old man dies and sets up a paradigm where two young people he loves, who are related but biologically distant, have a slightI love the premise ... an old man dies and sets up a paradigm where two young people he loves, who are related but biologically distant, have a slight chance to fall in love... while the other relatives, the old eccentric man likes least are forced to show their true ugly colors. This book is fun and quirky with loads of Nora Characters and signature suspense -- like a prelude to CLUE....more