Well, what can I say. When I read the summary and the customer reviews of this book I had thought it would be better than it was. The first part of the book when Mack’s daughter goes missing is interesting. It shows how quickly someone, especially a little one, can just disappear. Then Mack gets a note in the mail telling him to go to the shack where his daughter last was and he thinks this note is from God or some really sick joke. Turns out it is from God and the story that ensues is of Mack having conversations with God and learning about himself and his beliefs. I found this middle part drawn out and really kind of boring-maybe for someone else it would be much more interesting-I don’t know. For me, I ended up skimming over some of it (yes, skimming-I know that’s bad), but I read enough to know what he was discovering about himself and moved on. I liked the ending as it wrapped up the novel and didn’t leave you wondering anything. I don’t know if I’d recommend it. I think it would depend on who the reader was. It’s by no means a bad book and maybe you just need to be in a different frame of mind to read it than I was. It was just okay for me.
Another good and tasty selection from Joanne Fluke. I’ve been following this series from the beginning and basically they are just fun and easy reads, although quite predictable. Nothing amazing or heart wrenching happens but I find them comforting stories, like coming home to something familiar and it’s always chock-full of good recipes. I’ve really come to love the characters, especially Hannah. She’s still stuck between Norman and Mike although this time we’re left at the end with neither of them clamouring for her attention which was funny. She was feeling quite left out until an old flame called and claimed her attention. My guess is if she ever does get married, it won’t be to either Norman or Mike because ultimately we, as readers, think that’s what is going to happen. So, if you’re looking for a relaxing, easy read-look into one of Fluke’s, Hannah Swensen mysteries-they’re great.
Well I went on a bit of a shopping spree last night and bought several books. I had to re-organize the TBR shelf as I have no where to put new books anymore. The other day I had ordered online Peony in Love, The Shack, the last yada yada book and a really nice hardcover of Little Women. Last night I used a coveted gift certificate for Things I Want My Daughters to Know by Elizabeth Noble, The Host by Stephenie Meyer, and two books by Jennifer Donnelly-The Tea Rose and The Winter Rose. These I picked courtesy of J. Kaye’s blog because I had read about them on there and they sound wonderful. Thanks J. Kaye. I can’t wait to dig in and get started. I still have one gift certificate left but I’m saving it for Laurell K. Hamilton’s and John Saul’s new novels coming out this year. LOL-I just don’t know how I’m ever going to read all of these in my lifetime. If I could just slap my fingers and quit taking books out at the library maybe I could get more of my own read. Well, off to do some reading…
This novel really hit me in an emotional way. It centers around Natalie, 27 years old, who gets diagnosed with breast cancer. The story that follows portrays a real life struggle with breast cancer by an author who went through it herself. She gives us a real, no holds barred, account of the issues and feelings of losing your breasts, the chemo, the way people treat you, and the road to recovery. Natalie is a hugely likeable character and as you go through this journey with her you come to love her and feel her struggles and hopes and joys. She’s funny and she’s strong. I think this novel is a must read for anyone that’s suffering through breast cancer, for those who have been through it and survived, and for those of us who have been there to support and love someone with breast cancer.