Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Review: Dear Rosie Hughes

Dear Rosie Hughes Dear Rosie Hughes by Melanie Hudson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this epistolary. Rosie is in the meteorology field and accepts an assignment in Araq. Here she becomes close friends with a doctor, Gethyn, and together they manage to survive their tour. Helping them, or even the best help, is their email correspondence with Rosie's estranged best friend Agatha Braithwaite who is a ghost writer who is living through a dry writing spell.

Looking forward to reading more from this author.


Friday, January 15, 2021

Review: The Push

The Push The Push by Ashley Audrain
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A terrific story and great first novel.

A new mom has a bit of trouble adjusting to motherhood with her baby daughter. Unfortunately this feeling lasts for a very long time, the feeling that something is just not quite right with the little girl. Eventually a baby boy also comes into their family and it should be complete. But Blythe just feels that something is not right with her daughter, Violet.

 


Sunday, January 10, 2021

Review: The Pull of the Stars

The Pull of the Stars The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent read, some true, some fiction. Ms. Donoghue was in the midst of writing this book in 2018 when it was 100 years since the pandemic, when we were hit with this corona virus pandemic and the book was rushed into publication. 

The research on this topic was excellent and there was Dr. Lyn who actually lived during this time. The story part of the book is extremely hard to read about birth and how primitive it was even in 1918. The pandemic was similar to what we are living through here at this time. Some people had it very mildly while other died within a couple of days.

Its the type of story that you want to continue to find out "what happens next".

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Review: Cuba beyond the Beach: Stories of Life in Havana

Cuba beyond the Beach: Stories of Life in Havana Cuba beyond the Beach: Stories of Life in Havana by Karen Dubinsky
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Havana is Cuba’s soul: a mix of Third World, First World, and Other World. After over a decade of visits as a teacher, researcher, and friend, Karen Dubinsky looks past political slogans and tourist postcards to the streets, neighbourhoods, and personalities of a complicated and contradictory city. Her affectionate, humorous vignettes illustrate how Havana’s residents—old Communist ladies, their sceptical offspring, musicians, underground vendors, entrepreneurial landlords, and poverty-stricken professors—go about their daily lives.


Friday, January 1, 2021

Review: The Secret Life of Mac

The Secret Life of Mac The Secret Life of Mac by Melinda Metz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Super cute, light read told partly from the perspective of the cat! If you’re a cat owner you will find parts of this hilarious! It was a fairly predictable romance, but a perfect read on a snowy afternoon.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Review: A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom

A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom by John Boyne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

John Boyne is one on my favourite authors. What an original concept this story is. A boy in born in Palestine in A.D.1 just when his father receives an order to kill infant boys under the age of two ... Next chapter begins in A.D.41, in Turkey and is a continuation of the story, with the same characters, whose names whose names are different but always begin with the same letter. What a concept!

Reading A Traveler at the Gates of Wisdom was a tour across time, places and events. The idea behind the novel is so unique that it took me several chapters to accept it. But I did, and allowed the author to tell me the stories of a man seeking love, revenge and trying to do become a master craftsman.
I am in awe regarding the amount of research of all kinds the author did preparing to write this novel about the journey across the continents and times.

An excellent read.

Friday, December 18, 2020

Review: A Promised Land

A Promised Land A Promised Land by Barack Obama
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent reading. It was so lovely to hear his voice in this audio book, and I found myself learning so much about the politics of the US, along with his person life story. An excellent read.


Review: Dear Rosie Hughes

Dear Rosie Hughes by Melanie Hudson My rating: 4 of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed this epistolary....