This is one of the most thoughtful books I have read in a long time. This author expores the human element behind sensational crimes and makes us think about all sides and all angles. This should be required reading for parents of teens, teens and anyone who deals with young people. She doesn't make excuses for the shooter, but doesn't leave the victims blameless either. I hate to say it but I was glad one of the victims was killed and I probably would have fantasized about shooting him too. What does that make me? Guilty as well?
The reader is good and does a plausible southern accent
It was worth plodding through this just to hear about the saga of the porch swing. It brought to light the different values of the married couple. She wanted the porch swing to be blue because it reminded her of a beloved neighbor whose family she wanted to belong. He wanted it varnished to look classy and impress the neighbors. It was resolved in a telling way.
The porch swing.
The book ended somewhat abruptly but many of the characters grew in so many ways. I was left feeling slightly unsatisfied. I may read it again to pick up more insights I missed the first time. I would love a sequel.
I love these types of books with the dog as first person. This one had a sad ending and wasn't resolved.
I saw the dog on the cover and thought the book might be on par with The Art of Racing in the Rain or A Dog's Purpose. Not so. This is typical chick lit with the main character being easily manipulated and dishonest. I don't know what the hunky veterinarian would see in her. She has a problem with alcohol to boot. There were a few laughs but not enough to redeem this one.
Asaan because he was so honorable and wise.
Her narration was spot on. Good transition from male voices, Greek accents and English accents was seamless.
Juliette because of her growth as a human being and her courage and determination. She also enjoys good food!
I can't say enough about this novel and I am so glad it is first in a series although the only one on Audible. I grew as a human being after reading this book. It is kind of like a mini slice of The Grapes of Wrath in a European setting with the Okies replaced by Pakistanis, Indians, Russians and others escaping from terrible economies. I will never again see casual laborers trying to scrape together a living without a degree of compassion I never had before. This book changed me in a profound way. I do hope that Audible will present the rest of the series. It was an easy listen with a degree of humor and it wasn't preachy. A satisfying ending made my heart sing!
She wasn't terrible and given better material, she is probably fine.
Disappointment that I wasted so many hours on such dreck.
The heroine is the most self pitying, passive ingenue I have ever encountered in literature. Meanwhile, the hero was just too good to be true. I guess the author is a very devout Christian and is trying to make her characters fit a stereotype. There was an extreme creep factor in the idea that two individuals raised as essentially as brother and sister then become lovers and he is supposed to be the good Christian hero. Don't know if I can finish this one.
The courage of the decent everyday person.
The Lilac Bus, a previous book of short stories by Binchy.
Hard to choose.
Fools and Wisewomen, alternately.
I am so happy we have a final chance to enjoy the storytelling of Maeve Binchy. No other author can tap into the spirit of everyday people like she can. She especially addresses the woman who sacrifices herself for others and ungrateful children and in many of these stories, the downtrodden triumph when they stand up for themselves. I will sorely miss her talent.
I have read all of the Harry Bosch detective thrillers. John Connoly is doing a great job with this genre. I think I will re-listen to the Lincoln Lawyer.
I have tried but cannot finish this one after going half way through. The ingenue character is so unlikable and stupid I cannot feel sympathy for her. Bathe adult counterpart has no redeeming characteristics. All characters are unsympathetic and self absorbed.
I am actually going to listen to the past ones over again. Number eight left me devastated, so much so that I returned it. This one is gratifying.
He is a wonderful reader
I did listen in one day. I am a dressmaker and listened to it whilst completing a project.
Listen to the other ones or you will be lost.
People who live in a fantasy world
The concept was all wrong. We are supposed to believe that a woman with a heart condition that is so debilitating that she cannot share a bed with her husband, has the energy and the will to coerce her cousin into abandoning her own kids in order to have an affair with the woman's husband to produce a child that the sick woman somehow has the energy to raise. The author could have contrived a more believable plot.
Can't criticize the narrator.
The demented real mother.
How hard is it to contrive a plot that could have happened?
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