Saturday, August 31, 2013

Saturday Snapshot - 8/31/13

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Melinda of West Metro Mommy.

It’s easy to participate – just post a picture that was taken by you, a friend, or a family member and add your link on Melinda’s site.

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I haven't participated for a few weeks, but wanted to share the "river/rivers" that appeared in my back yard after we had a heavy rainstorm.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

The Book of Someday by Dianne Dixon

 

Can your childhood affect your entire life? 

THE BOOK OF SOMEDAY connects the lives of three unrelated women. Three women with different backgrounds and different lives. Three women with pasts, secrets, and regrets. Three women wanting and needing something that they never had before and are desperately trying to find. Three women looking for answers and an answer to why and to what happened.

Micah, AnnaLee, and Livvie were somehow connected, but what was that connection?  Had they met at one point in their lives and were not aware of their meeting?

Who is this woman in a silver dress and pearl-button shoes? Could she be the connection between the three women? The three women who all need basically the same things out of life.  Three women who question their relationships and the relationships they really didn’t have with family and others they cared about.

The chapters detail the lives of each character with no lull in the story.  Libby's story definitely is a mystery with the other women woven in. Micah's story has a health issue. AnnaLee's story has social issues.

You will love Livvie and Grace.  Andrew won’t be your favorite.  You won’t like Micah.  AnnaLee will pull at your heartstrings because of her unhappiness.  Micah was quite cruel, AnnaLee was not happy, and Livvie was always feeling guilty and afraid but was the sweetest character who grew from her hurt.

Each story is skillfully wrapped into one well-executed story that definitely is unique and will keep you turning the pages. The author is amazing in the way she smoothly takes you from one life to the other leaving a tidbit of information at the end of each chapter that kept you hanging until that character appeared again with the continuation of her story. 

THE BOOK OF SOMEDAY is ingenious. The writing is flawless, descriptive, and will pull you right in.  The ending will blow you away.  If I can use one word to describe the book it would be:  WOW!!

I hope you get to read THE BOOK OF SOMEDAY and share the love and the lessons found in each chapter.  I absolutely loved the book. 5/5

This book was given to me at the BEA free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.

Book Blogger Hop - 8/30 - 9/5

 QUESTION OF THE WEEK:

Have you ever ended up reading a book with its last or last few pages missing? What book was it? And how did you manage to get to the end? 

MY ANSWER:

Now that would be an awful thing to happen.  I never had that happen to me. 

Looking forward to see if this has actually happened to anyone.  




Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford

William lost his mother but not to death.  He knew in his heart that she was still alive and he would find her some day, but he had to escape from the orphanage to do that.  He knew that there was a reason she abandoned him because his mother wouldn't have left him without a good reason.

William knew nothing of his mother's past but it didn't matter. He had to find her.  He and his friend Charlotte planned how to escape from the orphanage to find her.  William was a kind, sweet boy just like his mother. You will feel so sorry for Liu Song and William as well since he had to live without his mother for five years when she was actually alive and close by. Most of the characters were sad and unhappy, but the book is exceptional.

SONGS OF WILLOW FROST tells the tale of Liu Song and her life of sadness, loneliness, and betrayal.  Her life was not pleasant.  Liu Song had to endure hardship and a cruel stepfather who made her call him Uncle because he was disappointed and embarrassed that she wasn't a boy.  She also had to live with the stigma that her mother who was onstage was deemed no better than a prostitute.

You will feel Liu Song's pain, hopelessness, and humiliation ooze through the pages as Mr. Ford beautifully weaves between past and present. Beautiful like the good heart of Liu Song.

You will be immersed in old-world traditions as you follow Liu Song through her day being treated as a slave instead of a daughter. You will feel her pain as the inevitable happened to her because of her step-father's visits at night and her sadness as she had to give up happiness.  You will HATE Uncle Leo because he is the one who caused all of Liu Song's problems.

SONGS OF WILLOW FROST was skillfully written in Mr. Ford's descriptive, flowing style and also very heart wrenching.  I felt myself wanting to push Liu Song to tell the truth about what really happened to her and to move on so she could have some happiness in her life instead of despair. Mr. Ford allows you to feel as though you are right there feeling the emotions and living the lives the characters are leading.

SONGS OF WILLOW FROST was about making decisions, living with regrets, and longing for what some folks have and what you were deprived of. 

SONGS OF WILLOW FROST is haunting, heartbreaking, and hard to believe yet mesmerizing. Mr. Ford’s marvelous talent won’t disappoint in his second book. 5/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.

Monday, August 26, 2013

It's Monday!! What Are You Reading? 8/26/2013


   
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Hope you have a good week.  

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This is a weekly meme run by Book Journey!

Post the books completed last week, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish this week. 



Books Completed Last Week:

1.  Angel Heart by Marie Laval.
 

2.  The Widows of Braxton County by Jess McConkey.

LOVED it...great mystery...lots of suspense.

 3.  Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward.

It is a Memoir.

Book Currently Reading: 


Songs Of Willow Frost

Books Up Next:

I added a few more, but they are not necessarily in the order I have planned to read them.  I normally read in order of publication or tour date.

And....these are not for reading in the upcoming week.  They are books into and including December.

The "list" is a means of keeping me organized.  A visual display helps a lot for organization along with my Excel lists.  :)

Oh dear on the arrangement of these books.  I can't seem to get them all in a row.