This is an interesting book. I have read much about the Lincoln and the Civil War but never from the viewpoint of his relationship with Mary Todd. Much has been made of Mary's state of mind after the asassination of Lincoln but this shows the basis of her state of mind and her devotion to her husband.
I am so sorry that this is simply a trilogy. It has been a fantastic read and the characters are marvelous.
This is testament to being a wife, a daughter and a woman in an age where it was difficult to know which way to go. It is about experiencing the death of all the strong women in your family and not knowing how to reconcile that with your life. I bought the book for my mother for her 85th birthday. She will love it!
I really liked this book for the most part, but found it to be a review of Kate's overall story and how she got here. I know that story because I have read every one of Dana's books. I love Kate because she has guts and she isn't easily fooled by anyone. I found the murder mystery portion to have its twists. The conclusion is unexpected, however, and leaves me wanting more Kate and Mutt so Dana get busy!
I love books read by the author. The author really knows how she wants the characters to be personality-wise and understands the relationships that she built. This is a funny, sad and triumphant book. It shows that circumstance does not have to rule you and that you can change your destiny. I love the southern twist on the story.
This is the third Lisa See book I have read and my favorite. The writing is wonderful and Janet Song really makes the book come alive. The story is a life time of a woman at time when their feet and minds were both bound by tradition and culture. Did they have power? Yes but it was subtle control over their circumstances.
I never saw this movie but I am really curious about it now.
I like Rosalyn Landor. She really makes a book come alive and her accent is perfect. I am a big Diana Gabaldon fan so I found this book to be an interesting twist on the same time in history. This is about a writer who writes historical novels and seems to be writing her current novel from memory. I had to start it over once after just a few chapters to really understand what was going on. The book twists back and forth between the present and the past and I was sorry to reach the end!
Having teenagers is a difficult and challenging place to be. I know I have a couple! To worry that a friend of your child is going to come along and murder your entire family is hard to fathom. I wept, cared, and thought this was a good book. Anna Quindlen can really scare you with her subjects.
I have read several other books (factual history) describing the Japanese invasions of WWII but found the human element in this book wonderful. It is a great insight into Shanghai life in the 1930's and how the invasion by Japan changed the society in Shanghai. I found the girls struggle to get to America compelling. The next book "Dreams of Joy" explains even more!
I have read several of Dana Stabenow's books and I love Kate Shugak. These are not always fabulous but this particular one has tons of twists, turns and flashbacks to the past. If you have followed Kate, Old Sam and the aunties this book will explain a lot.
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