Really enjoyed the relationship that developed between the young artist and the older actress - athough they are at different points in their journeys, their life lessons corresponded perfectly and made for a good read. Was inspiring and uplifting without being too forced or simply achived.
I enjoy Milly Johnson's books, I wish there were more of them available in the U.S. I think The Birds and the Bees may be my favorite. Although the story follows a predictable formula, the author creates that irresistible pull to see what will happen next. A very enjoyable light read! I give it 5 stars not because it's a masterpiece or would receive critical acclaim, but for the genre it is really wonderful stuff.
I've tried a few of the the vampire/werewolf stories - Sookie, Kitty, etc. I really want to like these but I just don't get the whole genre I guess. I know many people enjoy these so I'll focus on what is unique about Molly Harper's How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf. The story was decent, and I like the whole Alaska angle. But the "southern sassy" routine the main charater did so often got kind of annoying and seemed forced. Even though I wanted to like this, don't think I'll read the next in the series.
I really enjoy most of Mary Kay Andrews books. Savannah Blues was the first one I read and is at the top of the list, along with Summer Rental. It's one of those - woman starting over after her life falls apart - my favorite kind of story. Very enjoyable!
A contemporary novel - beautifully, artfully, deliciously written. I love love love the way Barbara Samuel writes. This was a real pleasure, didn't want it to end.
I understand that sometimes a book needs to disturb you enough to affect you - but the pain has to be worth the gain. Although the message in the end was good, this writing was draining, and a bit like slow torture. Instead of wanting to find out what would happen next I found myself dreading the next sad/bad thing that would happen to the main character. I did see the humor at times, but the overall picture drawn was so relentlessly sad that I couldn't enjoy it when it did occur.
So I might be too old to read this, about an 18 year old girl and her last summer before college. But I like a good coming of age story and this seemed like a good choice. I must say I really enjoyed it. The author has a subtle, patient writing style that allows a story to gracefully unfold, without feeling forced or rushed. The characters weren't totally predictable which I like. And best of all it had a wonderful ending. Total satisfaction!
Although the ending was a bit storybook romance, this is a great light read if you are looking for an encouraging novel about love. I also enjoyed the positive and healthy relationships the women had at work . . . a feel-good novel overall.
This story was decent, but first the narration. I have listened to other books narrated by Xe Sands and thought they were good. But not in this case. Instead of giving life to the book her narration made me want to go to sleep. The main character and most of the other characters' voices came through with an annoying deflection at the end of most statements that made them sound either very tired or high, or as if they were so cool that they couldn't be bothered to get these last 3 words out of their mouth. One star for Sands on this effort, far from her best.
Story was pretty good, would be ideally suited to a reader who is a parent that has dealt with a difficult adolecsent or a child struggling with addiction or other serious challenges.
The best part of the book was the main characters relationship with Marva. I always enjoy books written about the majic that happens when an older and maybe wiser woman teams up with a younger woman who is trying to figure out her life. As they learn from each other and grow I find myself being inspired as well.
I liked how the story was built around "the street" and the 2008 financial crisis. Wanting to see what would happen next kept me going. Generally an enjoyable read. On the down side the narrator's voice for the main character was sooo annoying, like this baby talk voice. And the ending was a bit anti-climactic. I think the author could have done more in closing out the story.
Good novel though, I would read work by this author again.
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