I have heard of the death march of WW2 and was expecting a story like that with women and children. The very first part of the book has that and I was very into it, when the story changes. This woman survives the struggles of the war to become a successful woman in Australia. Most of the book is about the woman living in Australia, not about the 1,200 mile walk. I was most disappointed.
I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this book. There is so much misinformation about hospice, including from myself. My mother passed with hospice care. I loved the care the women gave to my mother, but was not totally aware of their purpose in this event. After she passed, my sister-in-law decided to join the hospice group as an RN. She told me so many stories, both sad and inspiring. As soon as I finished this book I called her and told her to read it! And then to record her experiences so she could write a book, also. I loved the stories, both the disgusting and the blessings. Everyone is going to come to the end of life, so this is a book everyone should read, now before you arrive there. I loved this book
The story pulled me in from the very first! I never had any doubt about who the bad guy was, but I almost wanted him to be okay. Maybe change. I was absolutely amazed at how many rapes he got away with, but the times were just before it became known that the girl is not to blame. This man was cruel, angry, unforgiving, but never killed anyone. That doesn't make it any better, but his abuse was so horrific he might as well have murdered the women. I found I wanted to blame someone for his actions and his mother could have been guilty, but even she could not have made her son this bad! He is from a good, well to do home. with a well respected father and a bit of an eccentric mother and a sister. The two relationships in the story had similar names and that tripped me up just a bit, but it really wasn't significant. I loved the story, loved the narration, and hated for it to end. I am very glad I read the book. I could even read it again and not be bored!
I listened to this book in a day and a half! It was easy to enjoy because the story is light and funny. Jamie finds a baby with a note saying the newborn baby, Samantha, is his from a quick relationship with a woman during an island vacation. He can't really remember her name or how she kisses. He is sure he used protection.
Whatever, he has become an instant father. Taking care of Sam has Jamie learning about formula, diapers, and all the other baby equipment. He buys a mobile; a helicopter with rotors that spin and a stroller more expensive than his car. He introduces the newborn to wrestling and attends a new daddy class with a beautiful nurse teaching the class. He is not sure his heart is in this baby stuff, but when complications arise, he fights for his girls.
This book was worth the time. I would recommend it to anyone that prefers books about relationships with good outcomes.
Good story includes today and 15 years before. Predictable other than that. Mother is committed as insane, daughter is lost in foster care. Caring couple helps daughter to work through problems toward a good end.
There are a lot of characters in this book. That is what it is mostly about; a child growing up, his family, his nightmares, his adventures, his friends. It doesn't become a "story" until about 3/4 through. It was good enough to finish it, but I have enjoyed character stories better.
I originally picked this book because my son if afraid of bees; to the point of serious laughter when he avoids one. He is a very big man and a Marine!
This book gives you a fantasy look into a hive. The bees talk and have moral thoughts. It is both cruel and curious. The bees deal with enemies, changing weather, rules, and how to work your way to the top.
It is different, but also fun and interesting.
It wasn't hard to get involved in this family. They are all slightly dysfunctional.I don't know what the payout was in the end; other than knowing each other better. If the exercise could be done for a lot of families with adult children having problems with the different personalities involved, maybe life would be better. I liked the idea of the story and most of the characters. maybe I am old school, but when family is gathered to mourn a passed family member, I don't think there would be as much sex going on. It wasn't overdone, maybe disrespectful in their dead father's home.
I read A Thousand Splendid Suns and expected another excellent story like that one. It is pretty good, but I wouldn't have read A Thousand Splendid Suns if I'd read this one first. There were too many people in this story that they just seemed to be all over the place. Even when the connection was made, I still felt something had been lost in the telling of what should have been a good generational story.
This isn't a book of stories although in any book like this there are "stories" There are many soldiers that are in the book and as tough as it was, many of them come home to the yearly gathering. Even when the worst of the descriptions were being read, I followed with interest rather than the pain I have felt in other books like this. The only thing that sort of bothered me was that there was a single narrator and two men that were telling the story. Even though they were from the same town in PA, I wished the narrator would have changed his voice enough to distinguish the two men a little more. I know that many times I wasn't sure of who was speaking. The two men would recount a single event and I would wonder if I'd somehow jumped back in the recording.
All in all, I did like the book and thought it would be good for anyone looking for another book to follow Band of Brothers.
I'd known about this story for years and have even been told I should read it. So when this was on the sale list, I finally did. It wasn't bad, in fact I did enjoy it. It wasn't as good as I expected and I have read books that answer questions about life's lessons that are more meaningful to me.
I did like Morrie and loved how he remained positive even to the end.
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