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Barbara Benjamin Coffield

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truly original & captivating

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-19

I am changed after reading this book. I am looking for the joy and fairy tales in daily life & being careful about the shadows. This book is beautifully written and touches the soul. I fell in love with Bear Town , but didn't really love Ove. But this book has cemented my immense respect for Frederick Backman. What immense range he has.

engaging story but could be a bit shorter

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-19

Really enjoyed learning about life living on the Mississippi River, and the unbearable life at the Tennessee children's home. Wish the story had been a bit tighter and shorter but overall, glad to have met these characters .

Meh

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-19

I was able to slog through to the end, but it wasn't worth it. The beginning pulled me in, but as the characters changed in college, I thought the story became disjointed and skittish. The turn to masochism came out of nowhere, though Marianne's empty soul is described by Connell. In seeing what I thought of this book, I realize that the characters are memorable but I can't say there's a story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

interesting story but writing a bit redundant

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-26-19

Hedy Lamarr's life is fascinating, but I found the writing to be somewhat redundant from chapter to chapter. Her strength and ability to forge her path to freedom and for her invention to get a full hearing are remarkable, so I'm glad I read the story, but also glad the book isn't long.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

wondrous & rare

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-19

This is a beautifully written book that will stick with you because it teaches and puts you in the place of parents who have a different kind of child they love dearly. I rarely give books 5 stars but this captures the dialogue of a couple who love each other genuinenly, love their children, and face the complexity of life with thoughtfulness and realism. I so enjoyed this book that I read many chapters 2 or three times.

A Rare Book Deserving of 5 Stars

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-19

Few books so enrapture that I find myself thinking about the book when I'm not reading it. The story is lyrical and not predictable, and I can't imagine that I'll ever forget Kya.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

slow, predictable and unfinshable

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-19

A promising premise but the storyline is so predictable that it becomes tedious to keep reading. I didn't want to give any more of my life to this book, so I did something I've never done before: went to Barnes & Noble to flip through a hardback and see if I was right about the storyline. Yep.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

so disappointing

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-19

I read this with anticipation because I adored "Big Little Lies." Unfortunately, this is awful. Hard to believe ir's the same author. Dull, over-stuffed and endless.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

enchanting

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-18

A beautiful story of young love that is mesmerizing and specific, yet describes perfectly those first intense emotions that are relatable to all.