I usually stick to books about spirituality, facts, life lessons, true events, etc.. I like to go away from a book feeling like I just grew a little. This book is not a book I would normally listen to, but it offered as one of the $4.95 specials, and nothing else caught my eye, so I purchased it.
I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Debbie Macomber has a great way of describing the characters so you have a good picture of each character in your mind as the story grows. I really don't care for romance novels that give detailed accounts of the characters love making.. It's kind of how I feel about tv shows that show too much!! I feel like a peeping tom.. Really don't need the very detailed information into the most personal parts of these characters lives..With that in mind, I was very pleased with Debbie's writing style in that area.. She lets us know the characters are falling in love, physically attracted to each other, experiences passionate kisses and feelings, but she doesn't take us into their bed..
I got the feeling that the people in this story are real, normal people, living lives like real people do.. I very much enjoyed following each and every character in the book, so much so, I just purchased book 2 and just started listening to it.
As for the reviewer that is upset that we didn't find out what happened to Dan in this book, stay tuned! Grace, Dan's soon to be ex wife, is the main character in book 2, 204 Rosewood Lane.. I have the feeling we will find out what happened to Dan in that book.
The narration is also very good.. How the narrator remembers the different voices for each character is amazing, as she changes her voice for each one.. All in all, it's not a book you'll grow from, learn anything amazing from, but you'll be entertained. I work from home, so I listen to audio books while I work. For me, it was just a relaxing way to work away a couple of days while listening to this book..
I love true stories and this is a wonderful one. Two people from different backgrounds, social standings and ages are brought together under unusual circumstances that ended up changing each others lives forever in ways they could never have foreseen... Not your typical love story, but a story of love.. Absolutely worth the listen/read.. The very last words of the story brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my heart..
I think everyone has hardships they've lived through, many at the hands of their parents and family, but this family of children went through unthinkable hardships because of their abusive mother... It's amazing hearing what the kids figured out they had to do to survive, but even more amazing to know how far they all went in life and what they accomplished, especially the author, Regina Calcaterra... Enjoyed this book very much.. I hope it spurs some loving people into thinking about becoming foster care parents.. I have always heard that there is abuse among foster care, which is just so sad and unfortunate.. Foster care needs parents who really, really do care about children...
The first part of this book is about children who seem to be having memories from a past life.. I find that kind of thing fascinating,and the stories are very well told, giving the listener/reader a complete picture of how steps were taken to try to prove or disprove information given by these children. Towards the end of the book the author goes into detail about quantum leaps, the proof that time is not real, everything is energy, etc., all of which are very fascinating, and are given as a way to try and prove why it's possible that these children are remembering past lives, or dreams.. However, I didn't want to listen to a book about that subject. I've listened to many of them before, and admitingly, most of it is above my ability to grasp the theory. Because of that, I knocked off a star for overall.. I wanted to be entertained, not to have to engage my brain to try and figure out these incredibly complicated theories. I didn't enjoy that part of the book but the rest was very fascinating...
I love true stories, which is how I found this book. I don't remember ever hearing about this story in the news, but it sounds like it was a nationwide story.. It is a terrible subject, absolutely horrible what this woman and her children went through, but it is very well written, giving the listener a very clear idea of what is going on. I actually don't like knowing things like this even go on in our world, and after the first part of the book, I had decided I didn't want this horror in my mind, but after a few days, I had to listen to more to make sure Elizabeth survived.. She did/does survive, but the horrors her father put her through are unimaginable..
At the end of the book, a psychiatrist explains why he thinks this man did what he did. He isn't justifying it, just giving a psychiatric evaluation. I think that part is fascinating.. A lot of people would, and I'm sure do, just refer to his man's actions as being evil, but saying someone is evil is not a real explanation of why people do the things they do.. Everything has a reason, a cause, something turns something in a persons head to make them do the such horrific things..
Would I recommend this book to others? No, I wouldn't... It is very well written, but like I said, the subject matter is horrible...But if you don't mind this kind of thing being in your mind, and you enjoy true stories, then you will like this one.. I can't say anyone would enjoy this book.. Who would enjoy knowing this went on? But it is very well told...If I had heard about this story in the news years ago, and knew what it was about, I probably would not have purchased it..
When I first started listening to this book, I started questioning some of the information. So much of it is hard to believe, or maybe, I just didn't want to believe people could be so horrible. But the more I listened to it, the more I was pulled in, understanding what this poor woman had been through as a child and how it affected her entire life.. The doctor who wrote this book does a very good job of explaining why Karen, the person the book is about, split apart, what she did to handle things, why she looked the way she did and how she coped with so many periods of her life unaccounted for.. It really is fascinating, and sad, all at the same time.. Such unbelievable abuse at the hands of her father, her grandfather, her mother, priest and a police man, all the people she should have turned to for trust... Fascinating what the mind is capable of doing in order to protect itself... Simply fascinating...
I think Theresa is just hilarious, in a good way. I love this topic and can never get enough of it. Theresa tells some great stories of her experiences with mediumship, but adds so much humor to it, the book is just totally enjoyable. I love that she narrates it herself, because how she means things comes over loud and clear...
If you enjoy her tv show, you'll love the book, or if you just love reading about the other side, you'll enjoy her stories.
Is it just me or is the Cove series getting kind of predictable and boring? There's a lot of updating on characters in this book, which, if you follow the series, is really unnecessary. Also, do people really get upset and assume people they're involved with think something totally different than they do and screw up relationships on assumptions? That's kind of the theme of this book.. Assume you know what the other person is thinking and break it off with them. yawn.....
I've never been a big Nora Roberts fan but this book has changed my mind. It kept my attention and was entertaining. The narrator did a really good job, too... One of the best narrations I've heard on Audible.
If you ever wondered about the Westboro church and why they spew so much hate, this is a good book to read. Laren Drain was banished, basically for talking to a boy out of their faith that she had been warned about.. The church members are mostly from one family, with a few others who have joined.. I'm not sure how, or why, people allow themselves to be pulled in to a cult like this one, but wowsers.. They are really out there.
Lauren has a very good way of describing the good and the bad, and how it all made her feel, and why she was so afraid to step away from this community. But good for her that she was forced out, and now has a much better life..
This church seems to have parts of Scientology and the FDLS mixed in, with some crazy ideas of their own...
I had listened to the book "Inside Scientology" a year ago and was fascinated by their believes.. When I say fascinated, I mean kind of shocked at their believes and practices, and how they seem to take control of a persons life..
This book will give you an even closer look at the religion and what it's like to have your life controlled by them..
Jenna's account of her life, from birth to escape, is very interesting. She starts by talking about happy memories she has.. Listening to her story, one can understand the allure that pulls people into the cult .. But once in it, and once the control of one's life takes over, it's easy to see why she wanted to leave.....
If you are curious about Scientology and what it really is, you'll enjoy this book.. Very secretive religion. After listening to these two books, it sounds more like a cult to me.
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