>. Orange Beach, Alabama is a simple town filled with simple people. But like all humans on the planet, the good folks of Orange Beach have their share of problems - marriages teetering on the brink of divorce, young adults giving up on life, business people on the verge of bankruptcy, as well as the many other obstacles that life seems to dish out to the masses. Fortunately, when things look the darkest - a mysterious man named Jones has a miraculous way of showing up.
Young man .... really? The lessons are mediocre at best, but what got me was the “Young man”
1876. Among the filth and depravity of Covent Garden's flower markets, orphaned Irish sisters Flora and Rosie Flynn sell posies of violets and watercress to survive. It is a pitiful existence, made bearable only by each other's presence. When they become separated, the decision of a desperate woman sets their lives on very different paths.
.....but I really did not enjoy the predictability and the exaggerated sentimentality, especially in the middle part of the story. The love theme is forced and overly sentimental.
When you're all that stands between the murderous past and the fate of those you love, how far would you go to save them? When Audrey Kepler inherits an abandoned homestead in rural Queensland, she jumps at the chance to escape her loveless existence in the city and make a fresh start. In a dusty back room of the old house, she discovers the crumbling photo of a handsome World War II medic - Samuel Riordan, the homestead's former occupant - and soon finds herself becoming obsessed with him.
The book is a little lengthy and the reader is rather irritating. The story is okay and kept me listening .... or as the reader would say "leestening".
In A Thousand Lives, the New York Times best-selling memoirist Julia Scheeres traces the fates of five individuals who followed Jim Jones to South America as they struggled to first build their paradise, and then survive it. Each went for different reasons - some were drawn to Jones for his progressive attitudes towards racial equality, others were dazzled by his claims to be a faith healer. But once in Guyana, Jones' drug addiction, mental decay, and sexual depredations quickly eroded the idealistic community.
I was left devastated by this book. The writing is excellent and the story well read ..... but it is so incredibly sad.
It also changed my opinion about a situation which I would previously have shrugged off as stupidity.
Toni Murphy was eighteen when she and her boyfriend, Ryan, were wrongly convicted of the murder of her younger sister. Now she is thirty-four and back in her hometown, working every day to forge and adjust to a new life on the outside. She's doing everything in her power to avoid violating her parole and going back to prison. But nothing is making that easy – not Ryan, who is convinced he can figure out the truth; not her mother, who clearly doubts Toni's innocence; and certainly not the group of women who made Toni's life miserable in high school.
If you could sum up That Night in three words, what would they be?
Pure suspenseful enjoyment
What did you like best about this story?
The pace of the story - there is a lot of reflection but not so much that it slows down the story
What does Jorjeana Marie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Many other complained about the nasal quality of the narration - I did not find it distracting at all. The narration brought the book to life.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I experienced a sense of loss when listening to the book.
Any additional comments?
Chevy Stevens is my new favorite author. This book and Still Missing were both excellent!