Review: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A beautiful piece of historical fiction. I cannot begin to express how glad I am that I read this book. Beautiful.

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Review: Meg’s Best Man

Meg’s Best Man
Meg’s Best Man by Cynthia Bruner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received Meg’s Best Man: A Montana Weekend Novella by Cynthia Bruner in exchange for an honest review through GoodReads FirstReads.

I really enjoyed this book, I think it was the simplicity of it. The relationships were very down-to-earth and real. That’s what makes or breaks a story like this for me. The novella provided a clear ‘snapshot’ of a rusty wedding weekend, and was beautifully described. I loved the sparks between Meg and Gage, I felt as if I was actually witnessing a budding relationship. With that being said this book may not be for everyone, it is clearly a work of Christian fiction. Nothing overpowering, I had no real issues with the light touch of Christianity, however I known some people may.

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Review: The Good House

The Good House
The Good House by Ann Leary

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have conflicting feelings about this book. On the one had I think it is a brilliantly written book that perfectly portrays the life (and thoughts) of a ‘functioning’ alcoholic. On the other had I hated Hidly. So much. I think that may stem from personal feelings about an alcoholic in my own family and the parallels that I see, but what a selfish b***h. Frank was by far my favourite character, and even thought we don’t really see a lot of him, Scott comes in a close second.\

Without giving away too much one of the (many) reasons that I dislike Hildy so strongly would be the harsh and brutal way she ‘promptly fired’ her secretary who helped the girls with the intervention.

Are you kidding me. Someone showed they cared about you and you fire them.

I am tempted to give [a:Ann Leary|207508|Ann Leary|] three stars for this book, mainly due to my hatred of her main character, but I know that the only reason I truly hate her is because of how realistic and alive the character is written.

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Review: The Book Thief

The Book Thief
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I did not like the first 50 pages of this book. It annoyed me that the narrator talked in this weird ‘third-person/dictionary’ way. Looking back I guess I was more so annoyed that Hitler’s people were practically forcing a mother to give up her children.

I guess I’m giving [b:The Book Thief|19063|The Book Thief|Markus Zusak||878368] five stars instead of my original four might be because of how strongly I thought I was going to hate this book (after reading the first fifty or so pages). I became drawn in and learned to love Liesel, Papa, Mama, Rudy, and Max.

The one thing that I would love to know is who Liesel married. I personally think that it’s Max, I know there is a fourteen year age gap, but from watching their relationship I guess I’m kind of hoping that they find true happiness in each other.

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