I think a lot of people who enjoy Christian fiction with a bit of humor and a light touch would probably like this historical romance. The relationship between the main characters actually developed over time, and that was a nice plot line to see. I could actually understand WHY the characters grew to love each other. Supporting characters had their charm as there was a "seven dwarfs" quality to the woodsmen characters. I appreciated that the author included pertinent details about the time period, especially about the mail order brides.
The story dragged on a bit towards the end with a sort of Perils of Pauline feel to it. The narrator did a great job of narrating the story, so it did not sound too melodramatic, but the writer seemed to feel that the more "tension" she added the better. The result was that the last few chapters, in parts, were a bit silly. Additionally, the heroine's main reason for not desiring marriage seemed very immature for a character that seemed to have her head screwed on straight. I understand she was supposed to be traumatized, and actually appreciated the reason for it, but it just didn't ring true with me. At the risk of sounding totally heartless, I just rolled my eyes.
I truly enjoy Linda Stephen's understated dramatization of the stories she narrates. Her voice is pleasant, and she does not over nor under emphasize what she narrates. The characters are still well delineated, and there is enough inflection to keep things interesting. She was very pleasant to listen to, and I have felt that way about some of her other books.
I enjoyed the book enough that I looked forward to listening to it, but it was not so exciting that I could not put it down.
Overall this was a sweet, often amusing, love story, and I felt that I used my credit well.
It's hard for me to review nonfiction books, sometimes, because I feel like I should have a stronger background in research in order to back my positive review. I am not a medical person, but I can say that I found the information in this book to be very compelling. Some of the studies I DO know because I looked them up, but a lot of them, I could not. What I have read, though, does seem to support that a low carb diet is a better choice for most health issues. I thought that the author's willingness to review the different low carb diets was helpful, and I appreciated that he seemed to try to steer clear of trumpeting his own work beyond what is acceptable. Worth a read if you are having autoimmune or any other health problems. Energy dense, though, so you might want to read the book or keep it on hand for reference, as well.
Refuting old research and citing new (or even old accepted as new) research.
What we don't know can kill us.
Worth reading, I think.
Who would enjoy this book? Someone who likes Amish fiction, regardless. Someone who enjoys gloomy, melodramatic plots.
No, I would not listen to another Lauer book. It was a lesson in frustration. This novel sucked the joy out of listening to a book while I work. I am diehard about finishing a novel I have purchased, even if I do not enjoy it. This one, I almost put down unfinished.
I believe Cassandra Campbell was an okay narrator, but she was narrating a bad story. The result is that Campbell came across as a bit young for the characters' ages, and the characters sometimes sounded whiny. I believe the latter problem may or may not have been Campbell's fault. However, other narrators have managed to take characters that were weak or even slightly offensive and narrate them in such a way that they were better for it.
If I could play editor for this book, I would reduce the amount of redundant background information and subplot details. The author is bad about repeating information while not fleshing out other details. While the murder is an important aspect of the book, it is supposed to be the pivotal event that draws Remy and Adam together, but their relationship never developed to a believable level. Adam is crabby and dysfunctional throughout most of the story. I didn't like him. I could not figure out why Remy loved him unless it is because he is just as messed up as her father. Perhaps she is used to the emotional abuse. I liked Remy well enough, but the reader spends way too much time in her head, and the result is a lot of dithering. I can say the same for the many moments spent in Adam's head, too. There is a lot of TELLING me that Adam is a good man, but not enough SHOWING me. I certainly do not see it in his behavior. There are a lot of missed opportunities to see Remy interact with Adam and the other siblings, so that we could garner a feeling for warmth, tenderness and love. And, WHAT was that scene with Simon when he is first told much needed good news only to have Adam do a total about face and traumatize the kid further? I though Adam had the kid's best interests at heart? Could have fooled me! No, I did not believe in the characters, the plot line or the overall story.
I truly enjoy Amish fiction, and I have read many, many great Amish novels, but I truly did not enjoy this book.
Sixteen Brides was not just a romance. As a matter of fact, it was less romance and more historical chick lit. The story is about sixteen women who head west, and how several of them banded together to succeed in being independent pioneers. There are some GREAT main characters, and there are great supporting characters. The heroes are varied and interesting but seem like guys you might meet....if you lived a hundred plus years ago. I really looked forward to listening to the book, and since I usually listen while working in the kitchen, my kitchen never looked so good.
I liked everything about the story: the characters, the plot, the emphasis on relationships of all kinds, the sub plots, the realness. It was just an all around excellent book.
For once, I did not have a favorite character. Ruth Ann Phimister did an excellent job with her narration. The author did an excellent job with ALL of her characters. Talk about a marriage made in heaven!! Phimister has a wonderful, understated but very pleasant voice. She nailed all of the characters and did not over dramatize the work. I am going to look for more by her.
My extreme reaction to the book was one of pure pleasure. It was so nice to feel the anticipation of getting lost in a good book.
If you enjoy HISTORICAL novels with strong characters and mild romance, then this is an enjoyable read. It is a Christian novel, which is actually not totally unexpected for the times, but I did not find that it went over the top. The characters struggled with many challenges, and spiritual ones were just part of the equation.
The unusual characters, the historical details, and the mystery all worked for me in this novel. I was really hoping Audible would carry the whole series. It gets a fair amount of buzz on Amazon.
I am almost at the end of this book, and I have not enjoyed a book more than this one. The reader does an excellent job of bringing life to Nella Last's personal account of World War II. I found Nella to be a woman that I could easily identify with, even when I did not necessarily agree with everything she said or did. I thought she was too hard on her husband at times, but because of her narrative, I could understand why she felt as she did. The domestic information of day to day life was wonderful to hear about, and I felt that I was in the room with Nella and her friends though time and distance separate us. This is a must read both for history buffs and for individuals interested in women's studies. It was not boring at all, and I am sorry that it has to end, though I have already decided to listen to Nella Last's Peace after this and read the last in the series on my Kindle. My admiration for what women did in the 1940's has increased greatly by listening to this account, and I think it should be a part of American history classes in our schools and colleges.
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