Archive for the ‘Fiction’ Category

One Summer Day in Rome

December 3, 2017

11 bookI decided to read this since the setting is Rome, but it was slow going in the beginning. Mark Lamprell writes of three different couples and the six degrees of separation that link them all. Not to mention a beautiful blue tile that literally ties them together at the end. I enjoyed the references to the Roman landmarks and give this novel maybe three stars. Recommended for readers of romance…

The Daughters of Ireland

October 18, 2017

2 bookThree young Irish women and their intertwining stories are at the heart of this latest novel by Santa Montefiore. Their sagas revolve around a castle nearly three centuries old, Castle Deverill, built in the late 1600s by its original owner, Barton Deverill in County Cork. Unfortunately for the family, Barton incurred the wrath of one Maggie O’Leary, who cursed him and his descendants for building on her property. Kitty Deverill Trench grew up in the castle playing with her friend, Bridie Doyle, whose mother was employed there. However, a recent fire has destroyed most of the building, leaving it in ruins. Kitty’s cousin Ceila Mayberry decides to use her husband’s money to restore the castle to its former glory, and the story takes off. If you like long family sagas complete with affairs, disasters, and lifestyles of the rich and titled, this novel is for you.

How to Find True Love in a Bookshop

September 20, 2017

2 bookWhen Emilia’s dad dies, she has to decide whether or not to take over his bookshop in a small quaint village in England. She decides to go for it, but unfortunately her father left her in debt, so making a profit will not be an easy venture. We meet the many characters in the village gradually: Alice, engaged to be married to Hugh; her mom, Sarah, owner of the local manor; Dillon, gardener at the manor, who fancies Alice from afar; Marlowe, a talented musician; and Bea, a good friend of Emilia’s, to name a few. Veronica Henry mixes romance with the secrets, hopes and dreams of her characters, and the novel ends with a satisfying conclusion, despite all the drama.¬†Recommended for those looking for a light read.

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: The Horse Dancer by Jo Jo Moyes

August 21, 2017

51gzQQN9t8L._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_(3 stars – liked it)¬†As a Jo Jo Moyes fan I was unfortunately a bit disappointed with this novel. It was too predictable. You knew almost from the start as to how it would end. However, it was still worth reading. Ms. Moyes knows how to engage the reader and does her research well. I did not know anything about the “dancing” French horses and how they and their riders were trained to perform. I would rate the book as a good summer read but definitely not the author’s best. – Adult Summer Reading Participant

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: Invisible by Paul Auster

August 16, 2017

(4/5 stars – really liked it)¬†Invisible has four parts. It begins being told in first person with “Spring.” This is where we get to know the main character, Adam, from his own account, in a very personal way. He’s at Columbia University (very knowable area for many of just-outside-of New-York-New-Yorkers) and experiencing life from a young student’s point of view-world is at his fingertips and he is just coming alive to his future possibilities. Something awful happens during this time with a loInvisibleNovelve triangle and a Columbia Professor that he is caught in a terrible situation that he had no control over, and didn’t see coming. This event will affect the rest of his life.

Then comes the next part, “Summer.” Here the story is told in second person, by Adam’s successful writer friend Jim, who has received writings from Adam. Here you learn about the love between Adam and his sister. This is an interesting part and almost feels like an entirely different book has begun.

And then in “Fall” the story is told in third person, after Adam’s death, put together with various bits and pieces of others accounts of Adam’s life, from their views and interviews. The constant thread of Adam’s life pulls you into forward through the book trying to find out what the TRUTH is of what really happened, and who Adam really is/was. I was a little disappointed that the ending left me still wanting answers, but I thoroughly enjoyed the journey of storytellers in all their glorious perspectives. I feel “Invisible” refers maybe to the writer not being a constant, not a tangible, solid, character but rather a conglomerate of what others know of him and what they did to him hence making his story more of a vaporous cloud that forms and reshapes depending on who is doing the speaking. Is one a person in his own right or is one how others perceive him? – Trine G., Adult Summer Reading Participant

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