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5.0 out of 5 starsMy Feelings and Confessions
Reviewed in the United States on November 22, 2020
I read copiously and Polly’s story kept me enthralled. I like happy endings. I also like solving problems. So this novel had these features I spades! I’ll look for additional books in this series and hope I find a few! I’m not a “spring chicken” anymore and don’t want to read about killings, horror, or rough men or women. I m 74 years old. I need peace, security, and love; along with fun, excitement and wonder. Found these in this book. So Thank You Polly Giller ( and author)!
5.0 out of 5 starsA slice of life that you don't want to stop reading....
Reviewed in the United States on December 3, 2016
I got this book on special in 2014 and in my resolution to read those books I had forgotten about found this treasure. I like to put this in the category of one that is a slice of life. You get to meet someone at a point in their life and experience it with them. Now I have read some authors fail at this, but I can honestly say that Diane did not.
The main character Polly is so believable and had life breathed into her. I can say that for most of the characters that we meet in this book it is true. Though I am with Polly it can be difficult to let others in and rely on them but the experience can be so much more fulfilling for doing so.
Diane was masterful in welcoming you into the town of Bellingwood and its population. Experiencing them along with Polly even in her times of stress. You will find that there is more than just day to day living within these pages. A few mysteries and some danger for Polly to add some spice to life. But I am not telling cause...well that would just take the fun out.
I highly recommend this book. It is a great read and one that I did not want to put down. I am curious about the others so I am going to pick up the next book.
Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2015
If you are not a teenager, you can probably appreciate this style of writing. This is a story about a woman of 32 that left small town life at 18, and has decided to move back as an adult. We are let in on all the mundane as well as unusual people and happenings. There is little real excitement, over-drama, or action, no major swear words, and no sex scenes. There are a few missing or incorrect words, but not as much as I usually see. The story reminds me of watching Andy of Mayberry. It sort of ambles along. It is heavy on detail and dialogue. One thing I enjoyed, is that there isn't the usual internal verbosity that is so common today. The characters are all strong, speak their minds, and follow through which I also find refreshing. If you're tired of all the melodramatic, overdone, emotional rollercoasters out there these days, maybe you should give this a try. I found it to be a nice change of pace.
4.0 out of 5 starsPolly loved living in Boston and had for many years
Reviewed in the United States on July 5, 2014
Polly loved living in Boston and had for many years. But, after ending a relationship with a man whom she knew she wouldn't want to marry and having no family left there, she decided to go back home to Iowa. She purchased an old school house with big plans for it. While having it remodeled, one of the carpenters pulled down an old ceiling and two sets of human bones fell out. Upon moving into the school, Polly was visited by the greeting committee, These women were persistant and determined to be her friend. They basically gave her no choice in being around them. They smoothly insinuated themselves into her life, but in a good way. Polly was thrown out of the school where she had been staying while the police investigated. One of her new friends, Lydia, (who also happened to be the Police Chief's wife) took her home to stay with her. In the meantime, the ex-boyfriend resumed contacting her after a six month prison term for assaulting a man whom he believed was after Polly, He was just protecting what was his. They were going to be married after all. Talk about delusional. She had ended the relationship six months ago. This is a multi-angled mystery that will keep you guessing to the very end. The camaraderie of Polly's new friends and the laughter they share will have you laughing and chuckling right along with them. An enjoyable story about new friendships, old murders, delusional possessive old boyfriend and life in general. You shouldn't miss this one.
3.0 out of 5 starsThe Roads Lead to a Good Book Here
Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2014
This is a book that I really enjoyed, for the most part. It is written so smoothly that all the transitions flow into each other so well that it is a real jewel to read. However, I don't think it really tied things up in the end. Joey, whose family is very influential and well tied into the "movers" of the community, it never did really end that part of the story line. Joey got arrested, but then it just ended it there. Did he really get jailed, put into a mental institution, or did he just get a slap on the hand and told, "no, no." It never tied this up. There was also the killer, who did get arrested after 40 years, but... It never went beyond that. I would have liked to see the endings instead of just seeing them off in the back seat of the police car. It was a good book except for these small things. Small? Also, there were a few typos and words left out. Nothing really horrendous, but enough that I did notice them. All in all, it is a good book and well worth the time to read.
I'm going to keep this very short. I will said I tried, like about three times to finish/get through this book.
Luckily, this was a free kindle e-book download when I first had a hold of it, so no money was wasted. Just time. For a "mystery" book it didn't grab me like I felt a mystery should. It was too filled up with descriptions of scenes that had no bearing on the mystery itself. The mystery is what drew me in from the summary, but it never really focused in on it. It was more of a supporting plot than anything.
Written well, very descriptive, but I was reading for the mystery that seemed to never take action.
I can't remember why I bought this book but I am glad I did. It is a cozy mystery set in the kind of small town where most events which matter are run by an unelected committee of women. These women decended on the buyer of the old school and showered her with food gifts and then helped her to deal with events in her life. It was going really well until the ex-boyfriend / kidnapper event. This part was unbelievable and was an unwelcome distraction. However, the rest of the book was nice and cozy with lots of good descriptions of the characters and the area. Without the kidnap bit, I would have awarded it a 5 star.