Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Love Letter

I really enjoy when a story includes two time eras. It’s like a buy one get one sale, and I love a bargain.

It was a little more difficult for me to connect with Esther and Hamilton (the Revolutionary War era) and I kept finding myself wanting to skip to the contemporary era with Jesse and Chloe’s story. Their stories involve the movie industry and overcoming upsets of the past, which carried more depth for me. 

The theme of forgiveness weighs heavy and reveals a powerful and freeing conclusion to both stories. 

I wanted a faster pace with the Historical side of the story, but overall, I enjoyed the book as a whole.

Book courtesy of Net Galley

Monday, July 2, 2018

The Myth of Perpetual Summer

I was captured by every aspect of this book, from the Civil Rights Era, to the 1970s, and beyond. 

Tallulah James, is a child of constant emotional upheaval due to a Bi-Polar father and emotionally absent mother.  She somehow finds a way to navigate through this turbulent time in her life. 

The close relationship with her older brother, Griff, is sweet and trusting, and her motherly ways with her younger siblings is heartbreaking.  Tallulah’s childhood is lost as she takes over her mother’s role while she’s on one of her many “protest marches.” She later learns it’s simply an escape from home and the family life her mother seems to despise.

Even when her mother is home, she’s negligent. Tallulah never loses hope that someday her mother would “see” her. She longs for typical parents like her friends have. Ones who are there when they come home from school, attend their games, take an interest in their goals, and lavishes love and attention on their children.

This dual time period novel seamlessly depicts Tallulah’s life from childhood to adult, from heartbreak to recovery, from pulling away from one life and creating another. Then being pulled right back into what she ran away from the moment she was old enough to do so. 

I empathized with her through every choice she made, both good and bad. She learned from mistakes, and carried on. The lives of her siblings, and how each were affected by their upbringing are vastly varied. Which shows me that one can make their own future despite what their past involved. 

I received an Advanced Copy of this book from Net Galley.

Friday, June 15, 2018

The Theory of Happily Ever After

I couldn’t stop laughing while reading The Theory of Happily Ever After. 
At first I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to connect with the scientific yet quirky main character, Dr. Maggie Maguire. Needless to say, she grew on me. 

Ironically, Maggie is an acclaimed author of a book that is about the science of happiness, while in reality she is struggling with a broken relationship, and feeling quite sorry for herself. 

Thankfully her two best friends, Haley and Kathleen won’t let her wallow for long. Unbeknownst to her, they book her on a singles cruise. After boarding the ship, Maggie learns she’s has to give a speech on her scientific happiness theory to the shipmates. This is where the craziness starts. 

To top things off, two men show an interest in her despite her mistrust, she is lying to her parents, her ex continues to add to her misery by adding to the pain he’s already inflicted, and her publisher has expectations Maggie isn’t sure she can satisfy. 

The comedy is refreshing, and the story is super entertaining.  

Book courtesy of Net Galley.