Funny, Thoughtful, Warm
Dr. O'Reilly is my favorite character because of his toughness, directness, and warmth.
Yes, I've listened to Irish Country Christmas and am always amazed at how he does the different dialects so seamlessly.
Mayberry meets small town Ireland in the 60s.
This series is a new favorite for me.
Yes I would recommend this book beacause the story is told well and timeless. It made me think of when you observe an older person and wonder how much they really know or wonder what were they like when they were younger or when you find out something about them that's surprising.
The most memorable moment was Cora finding out her husband's secret. The anger, frustration, and eventual acceptance was so well-written that it was palpable.
I liked everything about her performance. I am probably a little biased because I am a big Downton Abbey fan and the fact that there are some similarities to the time period and the main character being named Cora was subconsciously appealing to me. But, the way that she performed and evoked so many emotions and accents was amazing!
That's hard. Eventhough her life was so full, I learned so much about Cora in the story. I would take Allen, Cora's husband, because I would like to know more about his personal struggle and how he came to the realization of who he truly was and if he ever felt fullfilled.
I LOVE this story. I prefer historical fiction and was first drawn to this story because of it being set in the 20's. The way that the author seemlessly moved you through Cora's life with flashes of the future while continuing the main timeline was genius to me. I also like the fact that although this was Cora's story, you met such interesting and rich characters throughout the story. I also like the way social issues were dealt with without getting preachy. Things just were as they were. The main theme of this story for me was acceptance- choosing to accept your life, others, your circumstances, who you are, who you will be, and taking control to make things more acceptable to you.
I have not had an opportunity to read the print version.
The realization that Kitty and Cat made, at different moments in the book, that being a part of the royal court was not the wonderful experience that they invisoned as younger girls was memorable and gave the story depth.
My favorite character was Jennifer Ikeda's portrayal of Catherine Howard. She struck the right tone between the biting dismissiveness that she sometimes displayed, the innocence at being thrust into court, and the childlike insolence that she had when she didn't get her way.
I generally prefer historical fiction. I found this book interesting and enjoyable. It offered interesting layers to one of Henry VII's wives who is normally portrayed as just an adultress.
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