Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Heiress of Winterwood

The Heiress of Winterwood
by Sarah Ladd

This was a fun, quick read. It only took me about a day to get through it. The story quickly drew me in and captured my interest. I really love the regency time period (reminds me of Jane Austin, who I love) and I was intrigued by the characters.

I didn't realize this was a Christian romance when I started reading it, so that was an interesting twist for me, having never read one of those before. I can't say that I really loved that aspect of the book. I felt that she was a little heavy handed with all the religious meanderings. I think she could have portrayed the same idea with a little more subtlety. Don't get me wrong, I like religion. I love my church and have a strong belief in God. I just thought it was all a bit too much in the book. I'm not sure I can even explain very well why I didn't like that aspect of the story. Oh well. It is what it is.

And did anyone else reading this book wonder how she didn't realize that Edward was just after her money the entire time? I mean why did she ever agree to marry him in the first place? I just thought that was a bit odd. She makes it sound like at first he was a true gentleman but we never get to see that side of him so it was hard for me too believe that she was so naive at first. Especially since she is such a strong, independent character.

I did enjoy the book. And liked how the true romance unfolded. There was plenty of intrigue and action. It little bit of scandal. All the things that keep a story interesting.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Winter Sea

Winter Sea
by Susanna Kearsley

I really enjoyed this book. Sometimes a nice romance is just what I need and this was a good one. I liked both the story about the past and the story about the present. I liked how they complemented each other and had some parallel events. So often with these historical fictions I find myself less interested in what is going on in the present and much more interested in the history but I found all the characters through out the story engaging. But I have to admit that the historical sections were my favorite parts. It did take me a few chapters to really get into the story but once I did, I didn't want to put it down. I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened next.

I loved the setting of Scotland and I learned a little about History I didn't know before which I love. I find history so fascinating and love learning new things.

I do have to say that I thought the ended was very predictable. I knew very early on in the book how the story was going to end. There was a brief moment towards the end that I thought maybe I had it wrong but then it all worked out just the way I thought it would. I actually didn't mind that I guessed the ending. Sometimes it is nice to read a book where everyone ends up with exactly who they should end up with. That's what makes it a good romance!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

All the Light We Cannot See

All The Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr

I was supposed to read this book for book club a couple months ago but there was a very long hold list at the Library. I didn't receive the book until about a week ago. I really wanted to like this book but I ended up being a bit disappointed. Especially with the ending. For some reason I did not like the ending at all. I think it might be because I spent so much time getting to know these characters and building up to how it would all work out, and then it wrapped up so quickly. There were just a couple chapters at the end about the characters years later after the War had ended. It just wasn't enough and was kind of a let down for me.

Also I know that this was a story about WWII and a lot of people suffered and died but I found the ending of this book especially depressing. Maybe he was trying to illustrate the damaging efect of war. Either way I became so invested in the characters, I just didn't like how they ended up.

This was also a hard book to get through. It was very long and jumped between characters so often that it seemed to take a long time for anything to happen. The story follows two main characters, with one other person thrown in about half way through. One chapter would be about the blind French girl, marie-Laure, and the next would be about Werner, the intelligent young German boy. The chapters are very short, which I actually really like, but it also meant that not much happened thus making the story move slower. (Short chapters are great for reading when you have kids because it was easy to squeeze a few chapters in between taking care of them.)

What I liked about the book was the new perspective I got about World War two. It was so interesting to read about what it was like in France and also what it was like to be a member of the Hitler youth. It is a good reminder that not everyone was thrilled with what was happening in Germany but there was little they could do about it. Especially the young and poor. I became very attached to the two main characters and liked how they ended up being connect in the end. I just wish it had ended slightly differently.