You have to be in just the right mood to enjoy this book, like being in the right place at the right time; thankfully I was and therefore, I just adored it! I got so drawn into the characters and the world they inhabit, that I even DREAMT about them! That’s a first for me.
It’s also the first time I can use the expression “curled up” with a book and mean it – it was like comfort food and getting back to it was like going to find out what my good friends have been up to while I was away.
In a nut shell, it’s a slow moving mystery about a woman who delves into her mother’s past and stumbles upon the story (and secrets) of three sisters during the 1940s, now old spinsters living in a dilapidated castle. Their tale is told through discoveries made by our present-day protagonist, weaved in with scenes from the prescriptive of the various key characters as their story unfolds before the war.
The characters were so perfectly depicted, I felt like I knew them personally and it was easy to get so completely sucked into their orb. The author’s ability to paint scenes with words was so first-rate to me that I felt like I was actually there at times, as if I could FEEL the surroundings yet it was not so overly descriptive that I couldn’t use my own imagination to flesh out the view in my mind.
My mood was ideal for getting carried away in this story. It’s not an “edge of your seat” mystery, but rather a tale that uncoils slowly with bits and pieces of clues revealed here and there, leaving you guessing until pretty much the end. Like a ribbon slowly unravelling.
If you want wall to wall action, put it aside and get back to it when you feel the need for slow (almost drawn out but never boring or tedious) escapism instead.
I’m not sure why I decided to read the book; I’ve seen the movie so it seems pointless in a way.
Still, stories flourish more on the page than they do on the screen and this tale was no exception.
A great captivating almost-love story.
Interesting memoir about our Favourite Philandering President.
I had a hard time buying her recall of her first encounter with him – I find it difficult to believe her naivete. It was as if all the events were happening to her and she was just a cog in the wheel. A helpless deer in the headlights powerless to say no. Perhaps 19 year olds really were like that in the 60s as opposed to when I was that age in the 90s, but I find it hard to believe.
Later in the book as she talks more about her motivations, she explains how she felt seduced and enamoured and flattered and special… THAT I do believe! I just think she felt that way from the word GO but perhaps does not want to remember it that way because she feels too ashamed or judged?
I also found her “sudden” after-the-fact-realization that she stopped being intimate with him right around the time she got engaged a little too convenient.
Ultimately, we must take her word for it. It’s her story after all so I give her the benefit of the doubt.
A variety of anecdotes submitted by people working in what most people would conclude is an unusual profession.
Some were mildly amusing, a few were poignant, but overall I found it rather banal.
This was absolutely not what I expected... to be honest, I am not quite sure what I was expecting, but I can tell you it was NOT THIS!
It was like a quirky, trippy, strange dream; almost a nightmare! A strange fantastical adventure through the imagination of a 7 year old that keeps you guessing and is far from predictable!
I think this was the most surprising book I’ve read all year!
I enjoyed this installment much more than the past few, but I have to say I am getting sick and tired of Daniel.
Perhaps his attitude is appropriate for the times, but I am staring to find him insufferable! Ironically, I think I agree with him regarding this particular caper, but overall it’s time for him to change his tune.
‘The Princess Bride’ is high up there on my favourite movies list; this book is a great companion if you like behind the scenes scoops.
My only complaint is all the saccharine overtures. “So and So was so talented” “He was so kind” “She was so generous” “One of the best actors I’ve ever worked with” “The gentlest person I know”.... alright alright already! I get it! Everyone’s amazing! ENOUGH!
That aside, I’d recommend this book to any fan of the film – it brought back great movie memories and a provided some good reminiscing laughs.
This book kept popping up in my recommendations list - in both Audible and Goodreads so when it came on sale for 5$ I took the plunge.
Sale aside, the reason I didn’t read it sooner is because I am not really all that interested in the American Civil War, but since epic family sagas tend to be engaging - I dove in.
As I suspected, the war parts bored me and the family drama entertained me.
I have books 2 and 3 in my wish list so I can be advised if ever they too come on sale for 5$. At that price it’s worth the diversion
I’ve been lucky enough to visit just about every place in this book, and I enjoyed the walk down memory lane.
I've read the "real" book twice, and thought I would enjoy hearing Rick telling his stories and I did! But the recording quality is not great... still, not bad for 6 bucks!
It’s not really what I would call a “behind the scenes” book, it’s more like a historical overview of life in the Downton Abbey era.
There were a few behind the scenes of the TV show scoops toward the end, but it just felt like a tease; I would like to read a version that goes into more detail including casting etc. If that’s what you are in the mood for this book might let you down.
If you’re in the mood for a history lesson however, then this book is great! Since it draws on the popularity of the show and explains the parallels between the story lines and what was happening in “real life” at the time it was extremely educational. It wasn’t dry nor did it feel like a boring lesson but rather because we know and love the characters so well it was a great way to learn!
Unfortunately it did not go beyond season 2, I wanted more.
OMG this story is a JOKE! The true behind the scenes lives of hot-shot CEOs… oh puh-leeeeeeeeezzze!
I don’t even know where to begin; there is so much to complain about! Here are just a few points that sprang to mind without even trying - I am sure I could EASILY come up with more but I don’t want to spend the energy:
• All “tell” no “show”. How lazy! Instead of letting the story develop in a way that feels organic, the reader is told what the characters are thinking and feeling and doing. Why bother at all with dialogue or scenes that move the plot along if all you’re going to do is explain everything anyway? It felt like exposition the entire way through.
• I am sick of being beaten over the head with the 80s women can have it all mantra. All the pushing of women’s entitlement to love, work, family, romance, power… “The Modern Woman of Today can have it all and deserves it all”… Feels so dated.
• Was the purpose to educate me on how men and women CEOs are a different breed? Women in power are like this. Men in power are like that. How two dimensional! Am I supposed to have a better insight into how a CEO’s brain works now? Please. It felt forced and contrived.
• Everything falls into place so easily and always feels neat and tidy, no drama, no real tension, nothing original, but then again that is the way Danielle Steel operates and she does have a myriad of fans who love her books for a reason. I just think it’s eye-rollingly cliché. I'm surprised my eyes didn't get stuck!
I read a lot of Danielle Steel in high school, but I guess I am just not that into her anymore. I gave this one a shot because it was 5$ but if they are all like this I will wait for a 99 cent sale before reading another one.
The narration was AWFUL! Why didn’t they pick a female narrator? How do these things work? Dan John Miller may have other strengths, but women’s voices is NOT one of them!!
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