Happy Friday, everybody! I am super excited for todays post, because I am reviewing Anne of Green Gables, some of my favorite classics!
Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert decide to adopt a boy to help Matthew with the farm work. What the orphanage sends instead is a flaming redhead with a mouth that never stops moving. Marilla tells Anne right away that they are sending her back, but Anne is determined to win them over. Anne's wild imagination, happy-go-lucky attitude and odd quirks capture Matthew's heart and Marilla agrees to let her stay. At school, Anne quickly makes friends, and enemies. She swears to hate Gilbert Blythe forever because he made fun of her "carrot" hair, a tender subject with Anne. And that is just the beginning. Anne is constantly getting into mischief, like the time she misplaces Marilla's prized brooch, or when the boat she is floating down the river on springs a leak. But despite all Anne's flaws, her family and friends find they can't live without this feisty character.
I have read two of the Anne of Green Gables series, and I will tell you, Anne never grows out of mischief. These books are always entertaining! The content is geared more toward children and teens, though it is written more for teens and young adults.
L M Montgomery has a real talent for creating lovable characters! I loved all of the characters in their own way, from Diana, Anne's adventurous best friend to Rachel Lynde, the stern and severe elderly woman who is completely content to knit while spying on the town through her window all day long.
Overall, this is pretty much my favorite childhood book, and I hope you enjoyed this review! I hope you join me on Monday for an Author Bio of Eli Brown!
Hey readers! Today I am doing a review of Orphan Train (which I also summed up in my Top Ten Books of 2014 post in the March archives).
To keep herself out of juvie, Molly's community service project is to help an old lady organize her attic. Molly, a 16 year old orphan in a foster home, is not thrilled with this proposition, but doesn't want to have to move again, so she agrees to do the project. Molly and Vivian, the old woman, start on the attic and Vivian keeps uncovering odd objects that remind her of her own past: an orphaned immigrant in America who is put on an orphan train and Vivian bounces from foster home to foster home, much like Molly has. Their unexpected shared past brings the two together into an odd friendship, and together they uncover answers to questions Vivian has asked herself for many decades.
This is a fantastic read! I LOVED it. The perspective is split between Molly in 2011 and Vivian in 1928. This gives you firsthand insight into Vivian's past, and it adds more events and scenes to the book than just Molly and Vivian cleaning the attic. The bond that Vivian and Molly develop is very heartwarming and fuzzy in a very neat way. One of the things that happened in the book is that Molly transforms from the goth, tattooed and pierced, stealing Molly to the intelligent, hardworking, friendly Molly. This journey that Molly takes helps her understand foster care more and she becomes a better person because of it.
I love the way the book ended also. Vivian acquires all the answers to her questions and reconnects with people from her past that she never saw again. Overall, this is a five star book!
Before I go, I want to ask: has anyone reading this read All the Light We Cannot See? It looks very good, but it is an expensive book, I want to make sure it is worth it. Please tell me in the comments. I hope to see you on Friday!
Good morning readers! Happy Monday! I have exciting news! In about three weeks ( hopefully ) I will be posting a special post: an author interview! Yay! If you want to find out who this author is, sign up for our emails ( hint: people on my email list know who it is)! Meanwhile, in the present, I am reviewing The Light Between Oceans.
Tom Sherbourne is a war veteran and is ready to go back to the regular world. Tom decides to take on the job of the upkeep of a lighthouse, an isolated position, because the coast is half a days journey. To keep him company out on the lighthouse, Tom takes a wife. Isabel is a bright, loving wife who reminds Tom to have fun. After a couple years on the light house, Isabel hears a baby's cry. Isabel, who has suffered two miscarriages and a stillbirth, convinces Tom not to do what his instincts tell him to do; alert the authorities of the baby's appearance. Instead, the couple raises the child as their own, and grows to love the little bundle of joy delivered straight to the island. When the child is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland. But they are reminded that there are other people in the world, and the choice Tom and Isabel made to raise the child haunts Tom.
I really liked the first half of the book, but after Tom begins to doubt his decisions, the book takes a turn. The second half of the book was still great, don't get me wrong, but it was just a very sad half. The circumstance that Tom and Isabel find themselves in is terrible, because you fully understand what each side is thinking about, but you are not really sure which side is "right", so to speak. Other than how sad the book is, there was nothing I didn't like. The writing flowed beautifully, and the story line was intricately weaved so everything was connected.
I do hope you read it though, because it is an enjoyable read. If you do choose to read this book, or you have, please tell me what you thought of it. I ALWAYS love to hear what my readers think about my reviews or the books I have written about! I hope to see you on Wednesday!
Good morning readers! Today I am reviewing Where the Heart Is, one of my favorite books!
Novalee is abandoned by her boyfriend one hour ago in small town Sequoyah, Oklahoma at the local Wal-Mart. To top all of this off, Novalee is seven months pregnant. But maybe being stranded in this tiny, Southern town was a good thing. Novalee meets several people who are kind, interesting people, including Forney, the town's odd, but incredibly smart librarian to Sister Husband, the religious, blue-haired woman who becomes the mother Novalee never had. These wonderful people turn Novalee's life around as she goes through an amazing, witty and inspiring journey.
Where the Heart Is is written a bit differently than most of the other books I have read, and I liked this kind of different. The story was very interesting, as you follow Novalee through her journey, as she gives birth to her child, makes friends, and starts dating again and , ultimately, become a strong and incredible woman.
I really liked the variety of characters; the author of this book did a great job of developing very different characters, like Novalee's best friend, Sister Husband and Novalee's ex-boyfriend are all great examples of lively characters that take the story to a whole new level.
If you ever read this, I would LOVE to hear what you thought about it! I do reply to any comments, though you don't receive an email. Just check back in and I will have replied. See you on Monday!
Hi, I'm Jaelyn! I love salmon, chocolate and crepes. On the weekends I like to rock climb and bike ride . I post on Mondays and Thursdays! I hope you enjoy my blog!
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