Wonderful book, well written. A fast moving adventure that sweeps you away to a land of danger, intrigue, betrayal, romance and honor.
Strong female characters, developed carefully, with promise and regard. Male characters equally thought out, satisfying.
At times difficult to maintain character names, but worth the focus and time.
Mystery surrounds a wedding dress and the people it comes to........
Spanning over one hundred years, this book seamlessly switches back and forth between the past and present.
People unknown to each other, yet lives intwined forever by an article of clothing (wedding dress). Designed and sewn by a "colored woman," in 1912, an uncertain time in the South when white people shouldn't have contact with "the colored".
Well written story about faith, romance, emotional turmoil.... and a bit of magic. Incredible characters whose lives unfold, depicting their personal history throughout generations.
My first time reading author Rachel Hauck, will look forward to more from her. Quick, enjoyable read.
Ms Gissom's character development is expertly accomplished. True to the times. I cared for each character and felt as I could 'know' them. Who could listen to Lavinia and Belle tell about the events in their lives without empathy? Not I.
The persona of the villains were written to be believable. Some writers sloppily write the bad guys to the extreme with no rhyme or reason which, to me, leaves holes and questions. Ms Gissom took no shortcuts. She cleverly weaves their stories thoroughly. The reader sees how the villains descended into a downward spiral. I despised them nonetheless, even more so, I think because I 'knew' them. There's always choices.
Some describe the book as sad, bleak. Considering our country during this period was indeed dark and sad, this merely is an accurate depiction. Themes such as slavery and indentured servitude are not pleasant topics about which to read (or write) but this author has created a story that captivates.
The Kitchen House is a powerful story. Evoking deep emotional response. Profound, moving....
Hopefully Ms.Grissom will favor us with another compelling novel.
The story feels disjointed and nearly every event is written to the extreme, not in a good way. Most men were presented as weak low life, not noble nor decent. Most of the women act disgraceful, greedy. In my opinion, both sexes personas and actions were written unnecessarily to the most despicable extreme.
The first book "The Constant Princess" was enjoyable with the smooth flow of the story, being sensible, believable. Gives a feeling of care and hope......
I'm not sure what Philippa Gregory was thinking but this second book was a far stretch, disjointed trash.
Interesting look into the Tudor court, though a fictional one, parts seem believable. Strong female characters, well written and inspirational. Meeting the young woman doing as told, accepting and trusting. Watching her develop into her own person yet ever an obedient servant to her family expectations and realization of the depth of her destiny.
Wonderful depiction of an insightful peek into the"reality " behind the scenes of the happenings on a starship. Makes perfect sense to a long time fan. Wheaton's performance is incredible adding to the pleasure of this story. Laugh out loud funny with twists and turns that delight.
There is so much to this, it's not just a detective story, it's filled with the doings of many lives and African culture etc. Fantastic view of people's ways. Sprinkled with wisdom and possible life changing notions.
Lecat's performance is wonderful.
Definitely a book I will reread.
Thich Nhat Hanh's simplistic words guide the reader to the realization of the importance of being mindful in every moment of our lives. Whilst reading I realized I knew this, 'it' was there, within me always but yet failed to see nor practice in daily life. Moment to moment.
The practices are beautifully simple, yet deeply profound. It's definitely one of those books to reach for over and over again. Within the pages there is always something relevant for your inner being.
Clever, Emotional & Fun!
Ariadne Oliver is clever, fun and a wonderful friend. I like her attitude as she 'says it like it is' though at times finds it hard to do so, She's unsure at times which makes her feel flustered. I LOVE her inner dialog - she's so REAL.
Ariadne takes on a task that turns into an adventure bringing her on a journey to the past. I enjoyed 'meeting' the different people she interviewed from long ago. Poirot and Ariadne are great together. I found memories of long ago stirring up within me that had laid so quiet that I'd forgotten they were there. Strange I guess but true. Take the time to travel along with Ariadne Oliver, it's quite a journey.. Brings joy, tears and wonderment.
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