I would highly recommend this book. Both the story and the narrator had my attention from the first paragraph.
I love that we get the background for both Julia and Paul. Anything that I have seen previously regarding Paul was not in-depth. I love that both Julia and Paul, who had a true love affair that lasted 40+ years, were presented as the human beings they were with all of their faults and foibles and not some perfect super-human beings.
I think Kimberly did a wonderful job by not trying to overdue "the voice" that plagued Julia's maternal family as a result of elongated vocal cords.
Both. I laughed, I cried, I laughed again.
I am a review reader, not a review writer as a rule. When I purchased this book, it had one star and no reviews. I normally would not buy a book without reviews as I ALWAYS read reviews before purchasing, especially if the author is not known to me. But I love Julia Child. So I was quite pleased to find this was both wonderfully written and narrated. I have no clue as to why it was initially given one star. I can only say, I was sad to have finished the book. I loved feeling like a close friend to Julia.
Not my favorite but not my least favorite either
Not if they're as sad as this one.
Paul because he seems to be the most sincere character.
This is a very well written story with complex situations and dynamic characters. However, the sad parts of the story significantly overwhelm the happy moments. So much so that, if you're like me and get wrapped up in novels, you may feel emotionally drained by the time you get to the end. I just finished this book today and thinking back on it as I write this review, all that comes to mind is how heartbreaking the majority of this story was. Unlike its prequil Flowers in the Attic, Petals on the Wind does not have a hopeful ending which is unfortunate since there is so much turmoil and woe for multiple characters in the body, it would have been nice if it could have at least ended on a high note.But if you're the type that can objectively read a book without feeling everything the characters feel than you'll probably really like this book.
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