World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham's middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret.
I enjoy Rhys Bowen's light humour, and was interested in her move into serious, and well researched, history, so I was glad to find this book on whispersync. However I found it sad, and maybe too contrapuntal for my expectations. Well read, an integrated story line, but not for me.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
The moment Diane Burke, an author and mother of two grown sons, received an unexpected certified letter in the mail, she had no idea her life would be shaken to its core. Memories of a past she had buried more than forty years ago suddenly resurfaced and she wasn't prepared to deal with them. Steve Orlandi, happily married, father of two and step-father of three, was living the typical middle class American life. But since the age of eight, when he discovered he was adopted, he had led that life dealing with inner questions about his self-identity and genetic history.
A very interesting real life story. However when I heard "I firmly believe that everything that has happened to Steve and I both, before and since, are signs of God's work in our lives" I realised that the author and I differ in our delight in grammar as well as in our perceptions of faith.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
We all know the headiness and excitement of the early days of love. But what comes after? In Edinburgh a couple, Rabih and Kirsten, fall in love. They get married, they have children—but no long-term relationship is as simple as "happily ever after". The Course of Love is a novel that explores what happens after the birth of love, what it takes to maintain love, and what happens to our original ideals under the pressures of an average existence.
As a marriage therapist all that De Botton says makes complete sense; however I prefer my theory neat and my novels mixed with romance.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
As England enters World War II's dark early days, spirited music professor Primrose Trent, recently arrived to the village of Chilbury, emboldens the women of the town to defy the Vicar's stuffy edict to shutter the church's choir in the absence of men and instead carry on singing. Resurrecting themselves as The Chilbury Ladies' Choir, the women of this small village soon use their joint song to lift up themselves and the community as the war tears through their lives.
What a delicious set of threads, unraveling, twisting, touching and wound into a tapestry I did not expect! The voices were comfortable and fitted the characters, and the character development is surprising and satisfying.
Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.
Leaves me smiling and having conversations with various characters in my head, and smiling more.
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.
Really enjoyed it. Mark Watney sounds like a guy I would want to be friends with.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
Clear-eyed and spirited, Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and getting away. But when she heads west with high hopes and a barely functional car, she meets the human condition head-on. By the time Taylor arrives in Tucson, Arizona, she has acquired a completely unexpected child, a three-year-old American Indian girl named Turtle, and must somehow come to terms with both motherhood and the necessity of putting down roots.
I love the clarity and courage of this protagonist, and the unexpected crescendo of events she lets herself become deeply committed to, and the seasonal relationships that develop over time. And the underlying stream of humour makes it a book I relish! and will re-listen to again and again. I felt C.J. Critt as a narrator transmitted the nuances of the book with an even lighter touch than the author herself. Looking forward to Pigs in Heaven being produced unabridged.
This magnificent novel by one of America's finest writers is the epic of one man's remarkable journey, set in 19th-century America against the background of a vanishing people and a rich way of life. At the age of 12, under the Wind Moon, Will is given a horse, a key, and a map, and sent alone into the Indian Nation to run a trading post as a bound boy. It is during this time that he grows into a man, learning, as he does, of the raw power it takes to create a life, to find a home.
Charles Frazier has an agility with words that draws me right into the scents and sounds of lived history. Will Patton reads as if he's slowly melting chocolate and is in no rush. The paradox of world views, the conflicts of power and space, are expressed with fine sensitivity and no sentimentality. I have already listened to the whole book twice.
This version of the Bennet family - and Mr. Darcy - is one that you have and haven't met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late 30s who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help - and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling, and the family is in disarray.
If you are a Bachelorette fan than this book is for you. For me, 1 minute of listening had me worried about my choice, 5 had me turning to a reliable old favourite. Not Austen, not eligible and not for me
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England's brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha's husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won't come to anything.
I understood this would be a sad book. I did imagine though, that it would be novel, a new perspective with interesting insights on the start of WWI. But oh! What a let down after the bright interest of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. These characters felt flat, 2D, not lifted off the page into light and interest,
But what really bothered me was the language used. People didn't ask others to 'please know' something, in 1914. And I think the word 'segue' had not come back into fashion then as it has now. Somehow that made me feel distrust of the author, which is sad.
5 of 12 people found this review helpful