Saturday, March 14, 2015

Love, Rosie



I like this story. Pretty simple,quirky, and fun. I never read a story that was mainly emails and letters. Oh yeah IM's too when you don't think others can read your messages because you forgot it's not private on a school computer. Was surprised that it worked out as smooth as it did.
Not very often does a relationship bud from being friends for so long. Amusing to see Rosie and Alex as friends when they were young. I especially like how they had each other's back through falling down drunk on a filthy pub floor, calling their teacher Ms. Big Nose Smelly Breath Casey, marriages,births, and deaths. Isn't ironic that Rosie found a friend just like her in Ruby?
I'm glad to see it was written that Katie and her father had a decent relationship later on. You read too many times the later happens. Also glad to see Katie have a better relationship with her mom. Life is to short indeed.
As James Joyce says "Mistakes are the portals of discovery"
Of course there are hardships but it's good to see that Rosie did work towards her ideal job. On a side note being that I am Ireland bound. I would definitely stay at Rosie's B&B.
As children we never see our parents as aging. As Rosie found out with her own mother it's hard to comprehend. And to feel so overwhelmed when you are the caretaker you just want a break.
Can relate with Rosie feeling like other people are coming and going but she stands still. A bit lonesome indeed.
It took fifty years, Rosie did find her Mr. Right in Alex at the best of her life.

Too bad I didn't get to see the movie,but the book was excellent

I give Love, Rosie 5----> 

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Claus Legend of the Fat Man



I didn't realize this book was a YA book. I thought the story was intresting for all. The book was pretty good. Almost anyone/everything you can think of about Christmas and the North Pole, was covered.

Story started out like hitting the ground running. But towards the middle it pretty much stalled. It wasn't until the end it picked up once again.
It was very nice to find out about Jack and Claus. And how Santa Claus was created in Nicholas. Rudolf was given a storyline of strength and knowledge. He was one of the reindeer that was looked upon that he knew what he was doing. Far cry from the stories/songs you hear of him . I like to see the underdog come out well.

It was a treat to read a story that actually had a story in it especially for Christmas. There was fact intertwine with fiction. Such as the elven people. An ancient people that were left from the Ice Age. There were Nordic people an ancient Indians, Eskimos, their stature could be mirrored by our beloved elves.
The author made these people full of magic. But the magic that can only be of the elements.

I thought the way the author wrote the character Claus was a bit weird. And Jack, he was crazier than I thought. What a twist to find out who Jack and Claus's mother was. And how easy it was for the elven's to accept the idea of "Christmas". And all the rest of the ideas that came from their leader.

 I am putting the other two books on my wishlist. I would like to complete the stories of Jack and Frosty.

I give Claus: The legend of the fat man 5 ----> 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Four Corners of the Sky

I liked the story. But I must say it was awfully hard to get on with it. Oh my, it took forever just for the story to move on. Sadly I had to wait til at least a 100 pages for it to get intresting.

What a shame for Annie not to know her own mother. Even though her father,Jack was not the father of the year he did take care of her looking back on them, being on the road. Sad that he left Annie. And there into her life was a mother,Samantha, and a father figure,Clark. They loved her unconditionally. As for what her abandonment issues she took to the skies. And became a great flyer. For that she was unlucky in love. Toward the end there she found that if she let go it was easier for her heart.
I always say there is someone out there for everyone.

The Four Corners of the Sky blanket Annie with family, job, and a home that she can call her own. That brings it all together to make Annie who she is and what will come of her.

I really can't put my finger on it. Don't know what to say but it's a good book. Lots of laughs, heartbreak and drama to make this girl Annie, her family, friends and even her dad who is a "con", more human, Annie's life was made whole.

I give The Four Corners of the Sky 4--->
Because of how slow it was.
I would very much look for another story from this author

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 focus.life 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.