Friday, October 28, 2016

Review: My Mrs. Brown

My Mrs. Brown My Mrs. Brown by William Norwich
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sometimes you pick up a book you have never heard before and wonder if it is worth giving it a try. You take a chance and read it. Sometimes you lose... sometimes you come across a book that will delight you. “My Mrs. Brown” is such a book and I am adding it to my list of favourites. This is the story about a woman who, while inventorying the content of an influential woman in her small town who recently passed away, comes across a beautiful garment by Oscar de la Renta. It is an instant love affair with this dress which will propel Mrs. Brown to do what she can to acquire such treasure. This story is the inspiration of “where you sow kindness, you will reap kindness”. You follow Mrs. Brown through her journey, meet the people who respect her and will help her along the way. You will also discover how noble this crusade is. Short and sweet, this book is beautifully written. This story of dignity and decency should become a classic for future generation to enjoy and live by.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Review: The Unseen World

The Unseen World The Unseen World by Liz Moore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have a new favourite book. "The Unseen World" is beautifully written and the story is thought-provoking and touching. I won't lie, I actually cried at the end. This is the story of a young girl whose father raised her in an unconventional way. Her father gets sick and she now faces challenges. She is not alone in her journey and will be helped by wonderful characters. This is a journey to discover the truth about the man who she calls "David". A must read!!!

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Review: Like a River Glorious

Like a River Glorious Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a wonderful YA book with lots of history and action. I enjoyed the second book even more than the first one. I like how Rae Carson introduces strong female protagonists in her books who are brave and mindful of others. This series is a page turner and opens a realistic window on how life was in California during the Gold Rush. Looking forward to read the third book.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Review: The Man Without a Shadow

The Man Without a Shadow The Man Without a Shadow by Joyce Carol Oates
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I would like to give 3.5 stars to this book. I love the science behind the book and the subject of amnesia is fascinating. The author was able to portray the thoughts of the amnesiac in a way that sheds a light on what would happen when someone has a 70 seconds recollection. The writing is superb and the story flows gracefully. The characters are well developed and have interesting lives. Joyce Carol Oates unfortunately lost me when the love story between the scientist and the subject became somewhat unrelenting, obsessive and irrational. I can somewhat understand that a researcher could fall in love with his or her subject, but it almost felt like the story would end up with someone walking up from a bad dream. It did not, and it is overall a good story and a good book to read.

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