Yes,there were enough clever plot twists to really hold your interest.
Jennifer. Although I thought she was rather spineless at times, she did what she thought was right, especially for the times she lived in. She always kept her dignity.
True love never dies.
Jojo Moyes tells such good stories! This story has unexpected twists and two stories that gently wind around each other. True love never dies!
Absolutely. In fact, this is the first book I've actually gone out of my way to leave a review for. I thought the book was a bit a fluff in the beginning, but it is masterfully woven to keep you wondering, thinking, and feeling deeply for these characters.
Wow, it's hard to choose just one. When Jane realizes that Perry is actually the man who said his name was Saxon Banks.
The scene on the balcony, when all the story lines start to intersect and it is riveting.
Probably Madeline, but only by a little. I loved both she and Jane. Madeline is hysterically funny, irreverent, and intelligent, but loves gossip with a passion. She would make great dinner conversation.
By the middle of the book, I realized I was completely hooked. The second half of the book was intensely masterfully built, all the stories of each character building to a huge crescendo that we've had a few hints about, but is far more shocking that we could have believed. The book is in turn very funny, poignant, and suspenseful. You really love these characters, feel like you know them, like they are friends.
Although the story is kind of formulaic (another abused wife whose husband is an insane cop who spends all his time tracking down his runaway wife, ie: Safe Haven), the author gives us characters that seem very real, people you start rooting for. I like that the ending isn't as predictable as I would have thought...meaning it feels more like real life than a perfect storybook ending. You can't go wrong with an Anna Quindlen book.
I don't have the print version.
Finally, there is something to hold on to!
I listened to this book til the end, but there were times I almost gave up. The story is much too long, I really think it could have been half as long and kept the story intact. I found the book depressing. Nothing good ever happens to these poor people! The ending was good, but brief, the only ray of sunshine in the whole book. The narrator's voice was a bit creepy, and I've never said that about any other book. I found it very hard to like Kaelum.
Characters that were interesting.
I don't think this has a genre.
Yes, but only because they were a make and a female.
I can't count that high.
I bought this book with great expectations. I consider myself to be an intellectual, and did expect the stories to be esoteric. What I didn't expect was that most of the stories had little plot and characters hard to relate to-such a disappointment. I was bored out of my mind by the fourth story. The narration was also very dull--it sounded like they weren't any more interested than I was. What a disappointment.
The narrators did a wonderful job bringing the characters to life. The story was absorbing and yet very hard to hear in parts....so much pain in people's lives. Watching some of them triumph over the past gives me hope!
The gripping account of the grandmother's experiences in the death camps in Germany during WWII. It was told in such a way that you didn't escape the horror, but also brought humanity not only to the prisoners, but to one particular German. So stunningly told, you feel as if you now know for yourself what it was like to be a Jew in the death camps. Perfectly told, telling us the truth, but not maudlin.
They captured the presence of each character perfectly!
I almost did!
I love the beautifully intertwined stories of the characters, realizing, as the story goes on, that each character is like an onion and their true selves are exposed in stages. A gripping story. Amazing!
Hildy is hilarious.
HIldy, of course. Even though she is incredibly in denial about her "sobriety", she is bitingly funny and poignant all at once.
When Hildy's daughter walks in while Hildy is with her crusty "boyfriend".
This book made me laugh out loud, but also despair at Hildy's stupidity at times. You can't help but love her!
Wonderfully touching story.
There were many, so it's hard to choose. I think when Vivian gets a computer at 91 and we watch in as she sits in wonder as a whole new world of communication opens up to her...such a simple thing that we take for granted, but her intimidation becomes determination and her excitement is beautifully portrayed.
They brought both women to life with real personalities, especially the "bite" to Molly's personality.
If I had the time to commit, yes!
This is a "don't miss" book! Incredibly touching. You sit in wonder at these two strong women who have endured so much, so much loss. I wanted the story to continue!
Great surprise ending.
Sam Cole. She was a small-town cop who had to deal with the interference of military cops on her turf. She handled it with class and sass.
I can't choose-both are outstanding!
The ending took me by surprise and that's saying a lot.
My only disappointment is that all of Baldacci's protagonists are basically the same character. John Puller is just a younger version of Oliver Stone. Great story, but not a lot of imagination regarding main character's background as a military operative.
I love Scott Brick, he's one of my favorites, but I'm not sure if he decided to be over the top or the book gave him little to work with. Story and narration come off as trying too hard, especially trying to make clever commentary on story events. Pretty disappointing. Sorry, Scott!
No. The book ties up all threads and there's nowhere else to go.
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