This view of how Darcy lived his life before and during knowing Elizabeth. I didn't think it was boring, but it wasn't exactly exciting. However, as a huge P&P fan I enjoyed it regardless.
I would like to thank the author for a copy of the audible book in exchange for an honest review.
This book was right up my alley. I had recently read The White Queen and am also watching it on TV, so I was totally in the mood for more War of the Roses time period.
The audio portion was good, the accents were decent, but it took me a while to get used to the voice. However, once I did, I could enjoy the book more.
The first thing I enjoyed was Bronwyn. She was strong, a fighter, and never a victim, regardless of her experiences. She suffered many pains, but never let them hold her back. She was also a very lucky peasant in some ways and in others, one of the most unlucky people I’d ever read about. But the way she carried on was what really impressed me.
This story was different than The White Queen, because it is in the Point of View of, let’s say, the mistress and not the Queen. Any reading I have done during that period was usually more sympathetic to the Queen and not any of Edward’s mistresses. But after liking Bronwyn, it made it easier to sympathize with her side of things. And I rooted for her the whole way. I also like the change of impression this story gave me of certain real life characters. Warwick was still his cruel self, Queen Elizabeth was painted as ambitious and selfish, and I honestly think she and Warwick had more in common than they would have ever admitted. Kind Edward was kind, fair, just, and very loving. George was himself, selfish and self-centered. But Richard was very sweet throughout it all and especially the end. I enjoyed not feeling so zeroed in on one look at the whole situation. This story definitely gave me another look at what people might have been like and how things may have happened.
Bronwyn, truly made the story and was such a genuine character, true to her heart.
The history based around the fiction seemed mostly accurate and written in an interesting way. There were so many times, I cringed, cried, got angry, upset during the book, but the last quarter of the book was the best for me. I think it was Bronwyn’s journey up until then that made her who she was and she finally got what she deserved and it made me so happy. I cried so much during the ending as it was very sentimental and sweet.
This was a great story for anyone that likes historical romances with many bumpy roads.
Wow!! Colleen Hoover has done it again. She has managed to write the most perfect book boyfriend ever, besides Will in Slammed. :)
So, this book starts with a prologue that left me about 99.9% confused. I could tell something was going to happen, something big–profound. Half way through the book, I thought I had it all figured out and, BAM!, I was only half right. I had no idea, didn't see it coming, what was going to happen. What the big secret was until it was revealed and it shocked me. But it was a twist and it was a great and well thought out one.
Hoover is excellent with character development. Even in her Slammed series, I found that I felt like I knew ever single character. In this book, Holder and Sky were just amazing. Sky's friends were incredible and they weren't even in the story that much, but even without their physical presence we knew about them, heard from them, and related with them.
The name of the story is just super clever and has so much more to do with the story than just being Hopeless. These two main characters were dealt a shitty ass life, hand, and were strong and they survived. They'd never be "right" again, because what they endured was just too much, but would survive together.
Holder, his name means something as well, at least to me, he held on her to Sky all his life. He's a holder/Holder. He loved her and wanted her and ached for her, for the life she led, for the pain she felt, for the suffering, and for ending up with a decent, good life. He was a misunderstood gentleman, young but so in tune with his feelings. He felt, felt hard and strong, and wore them on his sleeve.
And Sky was so likable and relatable and kind and she grew so much in this story.
I laughed and cried with these two. It was a beautiful, heartbreaking story.
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Well this was an interesting read. As Binchy's strong suit, always weaving tales of the lives of many, she managed to tell a tale of love and heartache and healing. This was a very interesting story of two young loves, a husband reaching for the stars and the wife following his dreams. However, all of the dreams that were reached weren't enough for this bright, handsome husband and he still wanted more, while the wife was left dependent and longing. Friendships were important in many aspects and not all what they seemed either. It was a very crazy web of relationships but written so well that it was so easy to keep up.
I love stories with happy endings and great romances, and this had some of that ... but I think the ending was subjective in its happy ending. I did enjoy this story very much though and the way Binchy writes. Her style and ability to keep up the stories of so many lives is unbelievable. She was very talented.
I enjoyed this book very much. I'm very weary in reading romances about Scotsmen because of my love for Gabaldon's books, but this was quite good and different.
I love men that are intelligent, gruff, manly, demanding, yet so gentle loving. Gabriel, the heroine's love interest was all those things and more.
The book started out a little slow and sad but once Johanna got to the Highlands, her demeanor and adventures changed. Things became more exciting. However, I found a lot of the story line predictable and dragging, I did enjoy it very much. I loved watching Johanna grow some gumption and find her place. I love how she brought people together and became a part of the clan. The camaraderie was touching. The love story itself was nice and slow and quite realistic.
Alex, Gabriel's illegitimate son, was adorable and how I enjoyed reading about him and his adventures. Cute kids in books are always fun to me, it's the bratty ones I can't stand. :)
All in all, this was a great romance story and I'd recommend it to anyone who loves a handsome Highlander.
I want to start off by saying how much I love this cover. The cleverness is just amazing.
I had to give this book between 3 - 3.5 stars. I loved the concept and thought it was incredible and a very touching plot to touch on. However, the story itself really did not get good until about 3/4's in. The first 3/4's of the story felt like filler, stuff that wasn't needed or that could have been edited a lot. Too much time was spent on Nastya's building relationship with Drew and Josh. And, yes, that was needed, we needed to see them all bond but I don't think it really should have taken so much of the story to do so. It was like too much backstory without the actual backstory.
A lot more attention and emphasis should have been placed on her tragedy. We got fed tidbits of it and still really had no clue what happened until the end of the book. I just think I would have appreciated this journey more if we had more focus on the tragedy and how she moved on with those boys and the new town after the fact. The last 1/4 was so much better because we got into the issues more, we saw the relationship between Josh and Nastya. We saw how much Drew changed and stopped being such a self-centered jerk and actually cared for someone besides himself. We saw her finally deal with the pain and feel something other than acting numb. There's not too much I can really say without giving it all away but the last part was the best.
I liked how thought out the telltale signs of distress were. The names, the clothes, the make-up, the hand, etc... symbolically it was incredible.
Also, sometimes while reading I felt like things were being repeated. I wish I could remember but it was like the author kept trying to reiterate her meaning by continuing to say the same thing with just different words. I wanted to fall in love with this book like so many others did, but I just didn't. I didn't hate it either. I actually thought the storyline has so much potential. And like everything in life, it's just my opinion, we're not all going to like the same things with the same capacity.
I would still recommend this book but it's just not my favorite book.
I wanted to like this so much but the audio narration was not the best and a bit distracting. Then the characters weren't very likable and I didn't find myself invested or rooting for them. too many twists and turns, some unnecessary.
This was a really cute book and made me think about my son when he wanted to go to an away school. The things I took away from the book are you can always start over. Miles does not have any friends in his hometown and he wants to make things count. He goes off to his dad's boarding school and actually makes friends, learns about trust, and loyalty. He falls in love with a girl that already has a boyfriend and is emotionally damaged. Then tragedy strikes and you'll have to read it to learn what happens.
Pudge and the Colonel are great for each other as friends and roommates. I loved the the cast of characters and the boarding school pranks they pulled. The Eagle was hilarious and he just added to the wonderful cast of crazy original characters.
I recommend this book for anyone over 16 that likes camaraderie, fun pranks, self discovery, and some sad.
This was an amazing book with such a feel good story. Two Will Graysons tell their stories and their lives cross. Even though they do not interact very much throughout the story, they make an impact on each other through their friends. The subject matter: homosexuality and depression and love and need. It was so beautifully and amazingly done that I laughed, cried, and had so many feels.
Here's the thing that I've learned from reading John Green's books: he deals with tough subject matter but at the end the reader is left feeling hopeful. He doesn't try to magically fix everything and want to make everyone feel so perfectly happy, but he does let us know that the characters have come to some sort of epiphany and growth that things can seem okay even if everything has fallen apart. And to me that's realistic, that's real life, and I love the feeling I get when I read the last words of his stories.
I recommend this to all young adults and up.
I have enjoyed every single one of Maeve's books so far and this was no exception. Her manner of spinning the tales of so many lives and getting us, the reader, invested in all of their affairs is amazing.
This story takes place on a small Greek island where five people are at a small taverna with the owner and witness a boat explosion. They see the deaths of tourists and locals and each witness is affected in their own way. And that is how Maeve introduces most of the characters of the story.
Somehow, while keeping us enraptured in the happenings of the "now" on the island; she also manages to sweep us into their lives before the island. And then we want to know what happens after. The five friends end up being four as one does not fit in. But, everyone has issues and woes which do not get solved in one day or the weeks they are there but by the end of their time on the island each one is resolved to do "something" to fix their situation.
It was a beautiful tale of looking at relationships through the eyes of each person involved: mother and child, lover and lover, husband and wife, father and son, etc. Each person sees the relationship differently and finds it difficult to see it through the eyes of the other person. It was a great story, I recommend to it anyone that loves self discovery stories with lots of lessons and a little bit of love. :)
I actually give this book 4.5 stars.
This was an incredibly clever story with a great plot. I love it when the author makes the characters so real and vivid that I become so invested in their lives. I cared about them, cried for/with them, and rooted for them.
Celeste was adorable and quirky and perfect. Just like Julie, I didn't want Celeste to change completely and I'm glad she didn't. This family was so broken but put on such a facade. It was heartbreaking and sad.
There is something that happens in the story that I guessed right off, but then doubted myself several times only to be right in the end. It was just so weird how the family lived. However, it was all explained in the end and was realistic. My small issue with the "thing" (I don't want to give it away) is that I feel it went on too long. I was ready for it to be over long before it was.
I love angst and heartbreak but I love the happy endings and the romantic love story the most. In some of these angsty books, I feel like the happy ever after is so short at the end. I need more. I want to see more happiness for these characters that suffered, cried, and hurt so much throughout the story.
This was a really great story with some exceptional characters. I recommend this for anyone that does like to cry, laugh, and have their happy ending.
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