I enjoyed the story and the most of the characters, but since they all spoke in the old King's English, I found myself growing tired of continuously translating. I listened to this book in an audio version, so by the time I translated one part, the narrator was already on another.
I did get enough out of this story to feel sorrow for Hester as she was treated poorly and ridiculed for having a baby outside of wedlock in which she refused to confess who the father was. I was able to accurately predict who the father was about halfway through the story and find the father's confession to the old-fashioned New Englanders a sad moment. I was hoping once he confessed that there would finally be peace for him and for Hester and a state of normalcy for little Pearl.
I downloaded the audio version of this book simply because I had added it to my Goodreads 'Want to Read' list at some point. When I started listening to this story, I really had no idea what it was about; however, I was instantly hooked. This is truly a captivating tale for those who enjoy Historical Fiction and Christian Fiction as this story marries both genres blissfully.
The story begins with a child and her broken upbringing that quickly lands her on a path of survival through prostitution during the gold rush era in California. The author does an outstanding job at exploring the pain, desperation and separation of emotion girls like this endure when sold into this disgusting trade. By divine intervention, this particular girl, Angel, encounters a man of strong faith and endurance, Michael. Michael is a Godly man who trusts in the Lord completely and pushed forward with God's plan despite the heartache and resistance he encountered. Following Michael's tale makes you examine your own heart and motives in the choices we are faced with daily. After many, many trials, Michael finally wins Angel's heart, but that is only where the story begins. Angel is accustomed to being a soiled and tarnished woman and does not feel worthy of this man who will not leave her alone. Angel and Michael's journey is relatable today as we often cannot hear that still small voice over our own wants and desires. Michael exhibits biblical love in so many ways, that you can't help but grow a little by reading this amazing story. I highly recommend this book!
Recommended for adult readers due to slight sexual content and implied graphic nature.
A nice quick read but so much cheese that it gave me a stomach ache! A typical Sparks novel full of cliché love scenes, corny dialogue and the untimely death of a character just important enough to hopefully get the reader emotionally connected to the story. Ending was predictable but bittersweet none the less. This book is a great reality break for a few hours and does keep you turning pages if you are looking for light entertainment. Recommended for Adults due to slight sexual content.
Another feel-good story from Fannie Flagg. This book was a true comfort for me as my grandmother passed just two weeks ago. The author does a great job reminding us that there is a wonderful life beyond this world; a life of reunion, joy and eternity. Once again, the small-town charm and simple characters provide a nostalgic peace and a longing for simpler times. The story centers mainly around one character, Elner Shimfissle, a quirky old lady who touches many lives without knowing. This story represents the butterfly effect and reminds us that we all have a purpose and the smallest things we do can change the fate of many.
I truly love the Elmwood Springs stories by Fannie Flagg. I recommend them for everyone!
Aunt Elner, you never know what she is going to say and how she could become an important person in your life.
I did enjoy this book but I don't think I will be a fanatic with this series as I am with Harry Potter, Twilight, VA and other series. I do appreciate the great detail the author gives as to why and how the country is in the state it is in and the purpose of these demented games unlike other dystopian novels I have read. I appreciate the character building and the descriptions of the various settings and feel that the plot was interesting but at the end, I wasn't anxiously ready to start the next in the series. I find it rather convenient that two tributes were allowed to survive these games where as all other years there could only be one winner. As someone who has yet to read the rest of the series, I can only assume the other books build on a love triangle and government-like complications due to how the games ended.
All in all, still an entertaining story that I recommend to anyone who doesn't mind blatant murder tales and survivor type plots.
I must say I was disappointed with this book. I have never read any books by this author before but ever since its release I was interested in reading this story. The summary made this book sound very interesting and even the cover had me intrigued. I finally purchased this book through Audible.com and listened to it on my MP3 player. The fact that the story was read by several different narrators to represent the different characters helped me get through this book. The book basically repeats the same story four times through different view points of those involved and got to be quite boring. The best thing about this book is the ending which totally took me by surprise. For a murder mystery story, this book wasn’t suspenseful and didn’t get the reader too involved by making you think about who the killer was. Instead, it make the killer very obvious and left you waiting for his demise, however, the ending completely abolished those thoughts and actually made me gasp with the shock of who the real killer was. This wasn’t the worst book I have ever read by far, but was not interesting enough for me to follow the author either.
This book was actually pretty amazing. I am not a fan of war stories and this book takes place during World War I and the Russian Revolution so I had my doubts. However, the author introduces you to several characters from different countries and does an excellent job introducing you to them and their families as well as getting you emotionally involved. There are several stories of romance, trials, joys, and historic backgrounds tied into this book. I actually listened to this book through Audible.com and the reader made this experience even better with his wonderful interpretations of the different accents the characters would have actually spoken with. This was a long story but never dull and kept me going and going until the very end. I loved how the ending took place even though it didn't tie up any loose ends, as this book is the first in a three part series. I can't wait until the next one comes out. Excellent book!
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