Friday, June 28, 2013

Frances and Bernard by Carlene Bauer

Frances and BernardFrances and Bernard by Carlene Bauer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Absolutely loved this book!!! So clever and well written. Frances' internal battle with her faith was so well depicted in this passage:
"Some of us have a talent for suffering -- but I guess I don't. What is the point of believing in something all-powerful if he cannot give you the strength to go on at this very moment? What is the point of other people if you cannot keep your hands on them? I refuse to think, as my aunts might suggest, that these are God-given lessons. That just makes God a scold, and I refuse to believe that he is."

And Bernard's need to be loved is also well explained in this passage:
"But love is another law, too, and it will judge you if you do not bend to it when it asks."

I loved the way the author used correspondence between several people to make you journey thought the story. The characters are well formed and mature. I am so happy I got to read this book. Even if the story did not turned the way I thought it would, it left me with a good feeling in the end. I recommend this book as a wonderful summer reading.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Snowdrops by A.D. Miller

SnowdropsSnowdrops by A.D. Miller
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Surprisingly a quick read. This is a book I had to read for my bookclub and was not sure I would like it, but i did. The one person narrative leaves you wondering what the other characters think and feel, but I guess that is the point of this book. I am going to St. Petersburg this summer and the main character's visit to that town was particularly interesting to me. The book also painted a very good picture of the illegal activities in Russia and the collective struggle of a nation in the process to be reborn.

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