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This series has been a little uneven for me; but Julia Spencer Fleming really hit her stride with her last novel, 'One Good Soldier', and she continues it with this one. A fast-moving, suspenseful plot (that sometimes goes a little over-the-top) and some satisfying exploration of my favorite relationships make for a real page-turner. Can't wait for the next one!
Well, I know many critics are panning this Bridget Jones update, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great summer fun.
I'd set this Pulitzer prize-winning novel aside for uninterrupted vacation reading; and I'm glad I did. Dickensian comes to mind, very Great Expectations-like with orphans abounding--then the whole throwing open the sash on Christmas morning scene was really over the top. However, while Tartt's storytelling was engaging and her characters well-developed I just didn't like the characters too much (with one exception, Hobie). I also thought an editor could have eliminated much of the seeming repetitiveness of the 'woe's me' orphan stuff. Anyway, in the end, it was enjoyable, and I'm glad I read all 770+ pages if it.
Penny"s latest entry in her Armand Gamache mystery series finds the chief inspector comfortably retired in Three Pines. However a missing person and a friend's plea for help draws him back into investigation. As always, her characters are well drawn and familiar. This one isn't the best in the series, in fact it's a bit ponderous at times, but I still enjoyed it.
Fascinating and disturbing account of what a minimum security prison sentence was like for one woman. Something needs to change here.
Corrie ten Boom's account of her family's grace-filled response to World War II and her German persecutors was inspirational.
Without question, this is a five star book. Readers may find that it starts very slowly, but it is this close observation of life and Berry's lyrical, beautuful writing about community, love, faith and living that make this a highly recommended book. Lovers of small towns, small farms and slow food will find much to love here. I can't wait to read more of his books.
I love Tana French's books. They are truly deep immersion experiences. So set aside some time to be drenched in her 400+ page world. The book had a good mystery (murder at a girls boarding school), compellingly drawn detectives (who I want to read more about please), and the most richly detailed descriptions of the lives of teenage girls. In fact, those chapters were probably what made me give the book four stars instead of five. The chapters in the world of the girls really captured the crazy, self-centered, all-consuming nature of those years. I didn't like it then, and I still don't like it...but boy does she capture it! Highly recommended!
After reading Krueger's recent book Ordinary Grace, I was looking forward to reading the first in his Cork O'Connor mystery series. Set in Minnesota, I hadn't realized Native American culture figured so prominently in its rural areas. I also didn't expect someone named Cork O'Connor to be a Native American. In fact, there were a lot of surprises in the book that I found very satisfying...I'll definitely read another!
Repressed emotions & thoughts; mis-guided assumptions about those we are closest to; ....how destructive they are! Ng's closely observed study of the Chinese-American Lee family and what led to teenage daughter Lydia's death is poignant and well-written
Richard Price, writing as Harry Brandt, has created another gritty police procedural, full of NYC police, those who love them, and the people trying to escape their notice. As is typical for Price, the dialogue and rhythms of the book along with the characters are rich and well drawn. Well worth savoring.
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