I have to start off stating that I love the way Adriana Trigiani writes. She has a way with words and uses them to paint a scene so vivid that you feel as if you're there.
I started reading her books out of order. I discovered her last book The Shoemaker's Wife from the NYT Best Seller's List and fell in love. From there I read all her other books except this series because I prefer audiobooks and there were only abridged versions. I wanted the whole story so I waited and Wala!! Here they are.
Her books are always so heartfelt. Big Stone Gap made me fall in love with Virginia like no other. The book had me in tears almost throughout the whole thing. I was either heartbroken, touched, or so happy that the tears wouldn't stop flowing. It took me two days to finish this book and I want more already.
Ave Maria was a 35 year old "spinster" as far as she was concerned. She was too busy doing ... doing everything. She did so much that she couldn't even make time for her own thoughts or feelings until she put herself into a deep sleep for 7 days. As her life fell apart in small ways but all at once she realized that it was all to strip away and find the real her. Her life changed, new opportunities arose and great things came from that.
She didn't trust men and thought she really didn't want love in her life, but I think she had so much to give and was just guarding it all from possible heartbreak. She was alone ... her mother died months before and her "father" years before. The life she had lived was a lie anyway, so stripping it away was not a problem really. In the end she found love and was better for it.
It was difficult watching her walk around so "strong" and "held together" when you knew all she really needed was a good cry. She needed to admit that she wanted to love and be loved. She didn't think she was worthy. We watched her grow and realize how good she was. Ave's story was an incredible story of self discovery and growth.
Happy ending always make it that much better.
I accidentally posted this review to the first in the series and don't know how to change it. So, I'm here posting the review to Falling into You. :( Sorry. When I learn how to fix it, I will.
When people gush and gush about certain books and say they’re heart wrenching, I decide I want to read it so badly, but my heart makes me hold off. I finally gave in and, wow, am I glad I did.
This story, this journey, started off with high school kids being best friends and falling in love, and you think it’s a great love. BUT … and there’s always a but, stuff happens. Life happens and it sucks. And this stuff, hurts and had me snot sobbing for most of the book.
This was part of Kyle and Nell’s turning point.
“And now we’re learning how to fall in love together. I don’t care what any one else says. I
love you. I’ll always love you, no matter what happens with us in the future. I love you now and
There are real life issues and they gut you. As it says in the summary, her first love dies… and it’s so tragic.
Kyle, during his last breaths can’t stop telling Nell that he loves her.
“You can’t Nell. Just… hold my hand. I love you”
Oh, boy. After his death, the pain and heartache. Jasinda writes these emotions so well. It made me feel like I lost someone. I could feel the pain so vividly. Her characters are well formed, more than, and the words are beautiful.
So, two years later we meet up with Nell again and see that she hasn’t healed, forgotten, or moved on. She’s still stuck in her pain and heartache. And with that pain comes serious issues that are dealt with. Again, Jasinda tackles these issues so well.
But Colton wants to help her, he feels a connection to her. She does also but does not want to admit it.
These are Colton’s words to her.
“I’m still trying to find the words to heal you,
To take your pain and make it all my own
So your beautiful eyes can smile,
So you can be at peace.
And now that Fate has intervened,
Conspired to draw us together,
I can’t resist the lure of your eyes,
The temptation of you beauty,
The siren song of you voice
Whispering my name
In the dark comfort between my sheets.
I can’t resist you, baby,
Because I’m falling still,
I’m falling into you.”
This story and these characters will leave an imprint under your skin. It’s a must read. It’s also the first book in a series, but can be read alone.
This amazing sequel to Falling into You was just as heartbreaking and incredible. At first I was expecting a continuation of Colton and Nell’s story. Although they did make appearances, they were the main characters in the story, and that was more than all right.
Becca and Jason were best friends with Nell and Kyle since they were little. As we know in book one, Kyle dies, and we get to see how the two best friends deal with it.
In a story that takes us from high school to adulthood, we have a great read.
Becca and Jason had their own problems to deal with on top of their best friend’s death. It was a difficult road and every time things started to go good for them another disaster would strike. They went through so much. My heart broke for them each and every time something happened. I could barely keep my chest from tightening and my throat from constricting. But through it all, they had each other and their love never faltered. It kept them going.
Wilder did another great job building these characters and their relationships, thoughts, struggles, and fears. It’s always a special reading experience when reading a book and you can feel what the characters feel.
Becca expresses part of her daily struggles here:
The silent girl
The smart girl
The valedictorian scribbling maledictions to no one”
And here is a part of Jason’s thoughts:
“You’re my woman. Of course
I’m responsible for you. It’s my highest duty in life to take care of you, protect you.”
Here is both of them:
“Promise me you’ll love me forever. No matter what.”
“I can’t promise you forever, Beck. I can’t promise you forever, because that’s not long enough.”
So many stories I read are with the bad guy gone good when he meets his love. Well, Jason was always good. Becca was always good. Regardless of their struggles and pains, they were good people, good to each other. That was how they got through it all.
However, I think the performance lacked a bit. The man's voice could have been a bit more in touch with the character's emotions. It almost felt monotone throughout.
I recommend this story to those that enjoy some sexy times, struggles, angst, love, romance, and great characters.
This was a fantastic story. Set in current day, but feels like it goes back, almost historical. It's just an illusion and part of the mystery of the story. It's a wonderful plot with a great romance in the background. Truly had me hooked the whole time I listened.
The narrator did a wonderful job with the narrating. Each character had its own voice and I enjoyed the pace in which he spoke. His voice was almost hypnotic.
It's a small town, western, gun slinging, camaraderie, and take care of each other type of book. I truly enjoyed. There's not much more I can say without giving it away.
I enjoyed this story very much. It was sweet and endearing.
The many characters were strong and well done. I'd grown to love them all in such a short amount of time. The story itself was cute and I'd read it again.
However, I did not like the narration of the audiobook very much. I listen to tons of audiobooks a year, last year alone over 150, and I found this narrator to be bland and monotone. She would try to use inflections but they seemed at the wrong times. Most of the time, it came out in the same tone all the way through. There was not much of a difference in the voices of the different characters. While listening, I wished for the story to finish and also wished I had the ebook so I could finish it myself. It may just be me, and I do suggest you give it a try for yourself.
BUT, don't let this take you away from what's really important, which is the story. I definitely recommend this book to anyone that loves contemporary romance/ rom-com/chick-lit type books.
This was a lovely story written about a set of twins fighting for the birthright. Of course the one born first got it, and the second one spent his life jealous of it and finally tricked his brother out of it.
It was beautifully written and flowed so well. I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. The narrator was great and did a wonderful job with the voices and narration.
I am a romance reader through and through. But sometimes I come across a different genre and give it a shot. Quite a few years ago I found The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and was surprised by how much I loved it. I'm glad I asked Mike Wells to allow me to review an audio copy of this book. Lust, Money, & Murder was equally as good. I was on the edge of my seat rooting for the heroine. Elaine was a kick-ass heroine too. She was likable, smart, determined, successful, and strong.
Wells did an amazing job with the suspense and mystery. I was highly entertained and as a bonus there was a little romance that I didn't expect.
The audio version was pretty great. The voices and accents the narrator had to do were done so well. She tackled all of the voices incredibly and I enjoyed the whole experience.
I will definitely keep my eye on Wells and, perhaps, take a dive into more of his books.
I recommend this for anyone who enjoys strong female characters, murder, mystery, and suspense.
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.
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