Laredo, Texas, United States | Member Since 2011
Well it would have been GREAT, if the ending had been included in the version I bought. I'm not sure how much I lost -- but at least the last half hour or so.
The look into the multigenerations of a southern family -- and their attitude toward the
His warm voice makes the colloquial phrases and dry wit to life. Like books by Garrison Keillor, this just wouldn't have been the same reading it myself.
Sure wish I'd heard the end of both the first and second parts...both stopped short and mid-chapter and mid-sentence.
I found myself searching the internet when I finished reading this book -- I was that convinced that Rose/Rosa and Lars/Nils and John Barclay must be real people who lived through prohibition in California wine country.
Ms Chiaverini did a wonderful job of research for this fascinating story. I'll read this again...
And enjoy it again.
Mixed feelings, mixed review. This "Dark" story of Christmas certainly presents a moral fit for the season, and the concept is cute and clever and well thought out -- at first....but I tired quickly of the appearances of characters from every other holiday tale....from Ralphie of A Christmas Story fame, who needed to lend his BB gun -- to the eye that was shot out to the "not so tiny tim" to misfit toys who had come from the island looking for a home to bits and pieces of lyrics from many holiday songs -- Little Nell's stocking and you'd better not pout, and even appearances by the "kid with the blanket with the moral of the story...and that's about it from the peanut gallery."
It wore thin after a while, especially with a dick tracy/dragnet theme, feeling overlaying the whole thing. I'm thinking maybe there was a bit of ADD going on...or maybe I needed a bit.
So, I'd probably actually give it a 2.5 just for creativity
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