Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Time of my Life

I've only read one book of Cecelia Ahern's before. And like that book The Time of My Life is pretty good.
I like the story-line of Lucy's life. Who would of thought that Lucy could actually meet her life and together they go through thick and thin to get her back to a happy and healthy self.Come to think of it what would happen to us if really there was our real lives sitting there talking with you? Would we be the better for it? I hope to think so. The story was funny throughout the book, with the cat Mr. Pan, the baby next door  that wasn't. Keeps it interesting. The things that she and Cosmo,her life did to show that there is something/someone out there that will make your life better and be company for you. It's grand to share. It's sad to think that if you lie about something of your life that you may feel that no one will believe or support you. In that sense Lucy had to find out herself that Blake wasn't good for her and leave her past and look to a better tomorrow. Especially with Don. She couldn't please all of the people. But she did make peace with her mother. And only time will tell about her father.

When did I re-evaluate my life? It happen when my brother passed away. Actually made me feel that my husband and I became closer. It's important to have time together. To be each other support. I also felt that my kids became more understandable. I also saw a change when my daughter left to marry and live with her husband. Our relationship changed. Feels silly the things you worry about. 

When I'm lost, how do I find myself? I find myself through friends and family. I also seek the sea and beach. Pretty much is peaceful and puts things in seems much easier and happy. I also can clear my mind @ the gym. Although lately I've been having a lot of pain.

I give The Time of my Life 5-------> great concept of meeting your life. And all around getting to know your life in a good way.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Caspian Rain

This was a very interesting read. So many ways to look at the relationships that the characters had. One of the negatives that someone said on a review was wanting to read a story about a deaf girl that came to America. I didn't see that. I saw characters that were different. I saw a man named Omid that wanted to defy the rules of his culture. He a Jew, married a simple,quirky girl who was an Iranian. Did Bahar marry Omid to go farther in opportunities? I believe so she wanted to farther herself and go to school, get a job. But in the Iranian culture women are not to do that. I agree with their daughter Yaas, he denied her of that but found another woman, a German woman who was very independent that attracted Omid the most, to Niyaz. Final thing to do Bahar thought was to have a child. A child would keep them together,or not. The two of them pushing and pulling at each other made Yaas's childhood just bearable.
Sadly Yaas lost her hearing. She was different. But Bahar took frustrations out on her. Not only for Omid leaving but her being deaf. And although Yaas felt unloved, she loved her mother and father. Sad when Omid went to America with Niyaz he even made a remark about hardly remembering a pale sketch of a girl with red hair and spotted skin. To put another nail in the box when Omid had another child, a daughter with Niyaz. They named her Samar meaning fruit of one's labor. Where Yaas in Farsi means despair. How sad.

I feel this story is about relationships and how to work together with obstacles. Yeah maybe in that time cultures shouldn't mix. Not even helping a deaf girl get along in life they couldn't do. To make a difference and be better than what's thrown at them.

Caspian village is where Bahar, Omid, and Yaas traveled and found peace. A getaway where they were a family one last time.
Caspian Rain falling, a glowing, golden rain sunlight in every drop. The music of it fades to silence for Yaas. A dream that is wonderful for a short period of time..

I give Caspian Rain 4---->
I believe I will read another novel from Gina B. Nahai. 

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Lauren Takes Leave

I thought the book was very funny. Some of the things Lauren was getting herself into was funny. I liked the idea that Lauren could have a story around being at jury duty just to get away from her everyday life. Although a bit disappointed that the jury duty idea was short lived, I thought that the story took a whole new life when she went to a party and was left loose. The idea that Lauren and her friend Kat were teachers. Oh how people will talk knowing that they are teachers. Her friends Kat and Jodi were her foundation without them this story wouldn't be so funny.
The pole dancing, the bathroom antics, and certainly their trip to Miami was a blast but when does it in real life people who are teachers ever do this? Exactly it is what they would dream of. Thank goodness for understandable husband and new found friends Tim, and Lenny. Lauren at the end decided on her own that her life wasn't so bad after all, decided for some changes to be made.
It's definitely a chick lit book. With a lot of things going on that people just dream of doing.
I give Lauren Takes Leave 4----->
Just because I felt the story got a bit outrageous toward the end there.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Far From Home

I can't help but think when I was reading this story of my own grandmother. My grandmother had a stepmother just like Kitty, Bridget, and Anne did. But I never heard of my grandmother's family needing to leave the house because a new wife was coming in.
They didn't like her as Kitty and her sisters didn't. But they left as as soon as they could.
I guess that's what the custom was when there was no male to carry on the business.

And so goes what happened to those three girls. The father was a blacksmith with no sons to carry on the business.The author does set Kitty in a job that does work out for her. Even though hard work she actually found a family,household that cared. The only tragic part was when the other two youngest had to endure the stepmother. But in that long run they went to America and stayed with their Aunt, and they loved their home. Kitty ended up in Liverpool and made it work there.

I think the author painted a feel good picture of Kitty. She always seemed to be taken care of. She married even though it was a marriage of convince,had a little boy. And sadly her husband was killed but she was left with a nice sum of money from the three grocery's that he owned. Even though it was tragedy Kitty comes out that she goes home to Ireland and makes good to buy the house that she felt most at home at, Harwood Hall.

There was sappy romance written. For reasons of the boy's mother that Kitty never stayed together with the boy she loved, after she came home just happened the two find each other and declare their love for each other. All is made right with the mother. And they live happily ever after.

It was a good story and I'm glad I read it. But I do give Far From Home 4-------> just how it being sappy was written. At the end. And it came too fast, no build up.

Friday, March 07, 2014

The Last Chinese Chef

This was a book that I picked with a coupon I received from getting the Nook HD. Wasn't sure about the story but said what the heck never read anything from this author anyway.
I was very much pleased with this book. At first wasn't sure where it was going. A woman who lost her husband only to find out that he might have a child in China. As it moved on, Maggie the widow, went to China to find out what was going on. In the meantime she had a job to do with writing a food article of this man and his search to be like his family the last Chinese chef. Hmm.. the two met and well naturally I think what else? Romance.
But not so fast. As Maggie got to know Sam the chef, she also learned about Chinese cuisine, Chinese culture. Sam wanted the old world cooking. Even the tools were no longer available. Modern and clean. But is it really that much better? As Maggie interviewed Sam she learnt that boiling, steaming or stir-frying are preferred, in that order, stacking food to conserve fuel.
It didn't matter if chefs were rich or poor. It mattered that food was created for that person. It became an art. To know the diner, to perceive the diner. Feed the body and also the mind and soul. It's about community. It's about sharing!
Sam was translating his grandfather's book, The Last Chinese Chef to English, he was asked if he felt like the last Chinese chef. He answered maybe one of the last. He feels more optimistic than his grandfather. His grandfather felt imperial style would die with his generation. And so did his father think that also. Even the old fashioned gesture of taking a tea cup with two hands is sign of respect is noted to keep.
I found it interesting how American Chinese food isn't taken seriously as their own culture. Everything is short cut and doesn't take their culture of feeding the diner to heart

The story was laced with the hint of romance indeed. I really thought it was weird since I thought that Maggie was much older than Sam. Not until the end of the book that I found out that wasn't the case. Maggie weaved a place in Sam's mind. Even to the point that they were there for each other. Maggie with Sam's cooking (trying to be placed for the Olympics) and Sam being supportive for Maggie while and after she found out the child wasn't her husband's.  Just felt like a rebound relationship. But I'm glad I was wrong. First time in a long time that I actually read a story that was only hinting of romance, and food and culture came first right to the end. Of course Maggie and Sam got together. But in a respectful  and natural way.

I give The Last Chinese Chef 5-------> 
I wouldn't mind reading another story by Nicole Mones