Monday, September 28, 2015

Review: Weekend Warriors

Weekend Warriors Weekend Warriors by Fern Michaels
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Imagine that something so terrible happened to you, as a woman. This terrible thing ruined your life up to that point making it very hard to move on. It changed your life in a way that you have lost your spouse, or your career, or your family or other things that are making it absolutely impossible to move ahead with your life.

You have gone to the law but have been disappointed by the let down from that source. What do you do, if anything.

Myra, a lady who is not hurting money wise, has lost her daughter by a hit and run driver, a Chinese diplomat with immunity. Two years later she is still grieving. With the help of her long time good friend, and former spy, she forms the sisterhood.

This sisterhood is comprised of women who need closure with the terrible things that have occurred in their lives. At their first meeting they decide to draw names to see who will be the first.

Weekend Warriors was a good read and I am looking forward to the next in the series, Payback, to see who will be next and what punishment these victims will come up with for their aggressors. The ladies are already on the mend with just having the close friendship and bond in taking each other into their confidence and putting their faith in each other.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Review: Small Island

Small Island Small Island by Andrea Levy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

At first I was a bit confused with the style of writing but when I realized that each chapter is written in the first person of each different character, I became involved and engaged.

The book opens with the story of Hortense, a Jamaican girl who, it is implied, is illegitimate. She is sent from her mother to be raised by another family of relatives and becomes very close to her cousins.

The story takes us from the warm breezes of Jamaica to the streets of London before, during and after WWII. One surprise was a description of English soldiers being sent to India just after the war was over.

The prejudice displayed by the English people toward the Jamaican immigrants was unbearable and very hard to read. Rarely is a writer able to depict this as well as Ms. Levy.

A thorough and satisfyingly excellent read.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Review: Tell

Tell Tell by Frances Itani
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This was a disappointing read for me. I expected much more, especially from an award winning book. I didn't feel that the village of Deseronto was portrayed accurately. I do have knowledge because my father was 8 years old, living in Deseronto in 1919 and told me many stories. Also, I spent years of my life between Deseronto and Belleville.

From the standpoint of the characters in the book, I did feel an accuracy, especially from the returning soldiers. My grandfather was a returning soldier from WWI and my mother always told me that he never spoke of what he endured there or what he witnessed.

Even the ending was unrealistic, but I will let you make that decision for yourselves.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Review: Passing Through Perfect

Passing Through Perfect Passing Through Perfect by Bette Lee Crosby
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Passing Through Perfect was a lovely story and a return to Wyattsville, the place we experienced in the first two books. It was lovely to see how Paul and Jubilee were getting along.

Benjamin, when a young fellow, fell in love at first sight with Delia. Of course her parents objected due to her young age, but that didn't keep the two young lovers apart.

This is a story of love, sadness and inspiration.

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Review: The Other Side of the Bridge

The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson My rating: 5 of 5 stars A beautifully written novel. A book ...