When a man is 68, he can either become disenchanted with life -- or take the sum of his life experiences & continue to grow. The Major's opinion about everything & everyone was hilarious!! It was interesting to see how his feelings about some people changed as the novel progressed. For example, he was completely disgusted with his son, Roger's, American fiancee -- but grew to have empathy for her as the novel progressed. A completely delightful read!!!
What an example Susan Spencer-Wendel sets for parents everywhere! To accept her fate so gracefully -- and concentrate on the things that really count in life…children, family & friends, she's the ultimate inspiration. Her honesty about her situation is refreshing. This book is the one I'm choosing for book club this month. It will make for a thought-provoking discussion as we head into 2014 about what really matters in our lives. Loved, loved, loved the book -- and am following Susan's life on Facebook now.
I've always admired Hillary Clinton and was interested in hearing about her role as Secretary of State. The story was told from the perspective of the Lebanese-born journalist, Kim Ghattas. Because of Ms. Ghattas' background, the story was even more interesting. The detailed narrations of world events over the last few years was memorable -- and the insights into Hillary's role in these events makes my respect for her soar. The author yearned for more than 20 years to understand the role of the United States in the Lebanon/Syrian war. Yet, she glosses over the final chapter in Hillary's role as Secretary of State: Libya. The families of those who were killed in Libya and the rest of us caring Americans will agonize for the rest of our lives over actions that could have been taken to prevent their deaths. Had Ms. Ghattas spoken honestly about this unfortunate episode, I would have given her a 5++ for the book.
Like the relationship among women who were initially unconnected in The Help, the warm relationship between Molly & Vivian was inspiring. Because of their early situation as orphans, Molly & Vivian related very well to one another. Molly was able to reach out to Vivian unlike others she'd been associated with. Was appalled by the foster care/adoption system. In the end, just a rewarding book about individuals from different life experiences who are able to forge a positive & meaningful relationship. It's my next book club choice...unless someone chooses it first:)
Two very strong individuals with strong personal & family values came together to form a solid marriage.
Loved the cleverness of both Nicholaa and Royce. They were a good match for each other.
Ann Flosnick is a very good female narrator...NOT so much a male narrator, though.
No, the narrator was too slow. Had to speed her up to 1 1/2-2x the normal speed.
It was an interesting storyline, but would have more interesting if she would have mixed in the stories of the 3 main characters, rather than leaving most of Vivian's until the end of the book.
Boring & too slow!
Early on, I considered simply skipping to the end of the book because it was moving too slow--story AND narrator. Resisted the temptation...and the ending (kinda) redeemed the book.
Overseas was the book club choice because one of our members (a published author) knew Beatriz Williams. Several of us enjoyed the story because it was entertaining - what woman can't appreciate a gorgeous billionaire being in love with her & only her & always her? Some members wanted more of an explanation about "how". When love is involved, the "hows" can't always be explained...nor do they matter.
This was our book club's "alternative" book choice for this month. Loved, loved, loved it!
We have read every genre of book. Reminds me of the Diana Gabaldon series - Nora Roberts 4 brides stories & more. Loved the narration. Not all narrators can read both female & male voices equally well - Becca Battoe was perfect!
Wow! What a thought-provoking look back at life...although 60+ is not the "end" of life...but it is long enough to reflect on happenings in our 20s.
This was the best true story about actual war events in Afghanistan that I have ever read. Marcus was a real hero & the friends he made with the Afghan people reinforces our beliefs that most people just want to live peacefully. How honored I felt for these Navy seals to defend our country for freedom. Most of us would never make it with the rigorous training they endure. It made me proud to be an American and know he & others were willing to sacrifice everything in the name of freedom.
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