I usually enjoy historical fiction and find the civil war era fascinating but this book was sorely lacking. I needed to start it 3 times before I was even able to get into it. I didn't think the characters were alive and the story line was weak I only finished the book because I was on vacation and needed a book to exercise with.
I read this book while exercising (as I do most audible books), and it was a little difficult to follow. May have been due to the story being in 2 different periods of time.
Probably I'd try one more.
Yes and have. It's more of a women's book with a lot of details on emotion and feelings. I read one of the biographies of Charles a few years back and thought him a cad. My husband that he was just a wonderful, admirable man. This book totally justifies my feelings.
The paris wife.
I thought the beginning slow and a little maudlin, but after a while it picked up and kept me fully interested.
I usually listen to mysteries. I listen mainly while exercising or working around the house, so I need something that's "easy" to follow. This reads like a mystery. Fast paced and holds your interest.
Learning more about WWII.
I throughly enjoyed this book. It's a fast pace, page turner. I've read a lot about the horrors of WWII but it's usually about the Nazis and concentration camps. I didn't realize the Japanese camps were so brutal. But mainly this is a story about the human spirit and survival, brilliantly told and well read. I was afraid the book would be depressing but it's not.
I always find it funny how most books gets both rave and poor reviews. Most people really like this book and I don't know why. I bought it to read about English boarding schools (and the English culture), and didn't learn about either. The plot was unbelievable and unsettling.
A fun, quick read. Typical Grisham. A good book to exercise with, doesn't matter if you miss parts. The character, Travis, is not very believable.
I like the idea of a female president and thought I'd enjoy this book. However, the story line was trite and the characters poorly developed. I thought I was reading an abridged edition as the plot seemed to jump. Waste of time.
This was my first Elm Creek series book and likely to be my last. I should have read more about the book before purchasing it. I love Hawaii and quilting and thought it would be fun and a change of pace from my usual reading.
If someone wants a maudlin, predictable, sophomoric tale, with romance and a happy ending, this is the book for you. It just wasn't for me.
I downloaded this to try something different from my usual mysteries and biographies, and also I love the sea and sailing. I was very disappointed. I only finished it by playing it as background noise when I was working on my computer.
It started interesting enough with a "mystery" about what happened at sea and rapidly progressed to boring, not too graphic sex scenes with everyone falling in love with the perfect person and everything turning out perfect. Wish I could live in such a perfect world.
I restarted this book 3 times and got "lost" each time. I usually listen while exercising and that may have distracted me but the story of Shalimar as a child was confusing and weird. I never finished the book. I wouldn't bother to download this.
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