This book is by another one of my favourite authors. But it was not my favourite offering by Mr Sparks.
Having said that, there has not been one book, written by Nicholas Sparks, that I have considered a waste of time reading.
I think my problem was that initially “The Last Song” felt a more suitable read for younger people than myself. It followed the journey of a young woman, Veronica Miller “Ronnie” as she rebelled against her divorced parents and her situation.
However, as the story progressed, Ronnie was faced with some real issues. At that point the book became more suitable for a mature reader.
Did I enjoy “The Last Song,” yes. Definitely a beach type read and a well constructed love story. I would not expect anything less from Nicholas Sparks
4.0 out of 5 stars Books that a reliably good reading, July 10, 2016
This review is from: Mercy (Kindle Edition)
Jodi Picoult is one of my, if not my, favourite author. I have read many of her books and just finished “Mercy.” I would have to agree with other reviewers that this was not my pick of her work. But having said that it still kept me turning the pages, and her writing was, as always exceptional.
Why wasn’t it up to the previous reads? While it was enjoyable it was a little predictable. Some of the characters were not particularly likeable (or relatable) and some irritating enough to throttle!
That being said, Jodi Picoult does it again. This book is well worth a read and the author is without doubt, brilliant.
This is a totally absorbing read.
I have just finished reading Jackie Parry’s book “This is it.” Having read her previous stories, “Of Foreign Build” and “A Standard Journey,” I was not convinced the latest offering would be able to maintain the same entertainment value as I had previously enjoyed. I need not have worried.
Following on from her adventures on Mariah, Jackie swept me up on another fabulous journey of escapism. Together with Noel, her husband, they negotiated and purchased Pyewacket, (as with most things in their lives this was not such an easy feat!) a fifty-one-foot vessel and embarked on another nail biting adventure.
I am not as a rule, a huge fan of non-fiction/memoire genres. However, I do make an exception when I come across a book by this author. Jackie Parry has a way of entertaining while passing on practical information. She draws pictures with her words of exotic locations, colourful people and the harsh, often life threatening conditions they encounter while sailing offshore.
I look forward to seeing where this adventurous lady takes us to next.
If you have read, as I have, Glen Barrera’s previous book, “The Assassin Who Couldn’t Dance” this one is a must.
Again, the author wraps the reader in a fast moving, action packed story, and sweeps them along with a plot that keeps the pages turning.
“A Capable and Wide Revenge” is a well written, and gripping tale set against a vividly described backdrop. It is full of exciting conflict, complex relationships and loss, all weaved together with a little romance.
The characters are flawed, the events often unpredictable, and the ending was satisfying.
I certainly hope there is a third book by this author. I would certainly recommend this story, the previous one and any that follow.
Review of Just this Once, Rosalind James
I was curious to read a fiction by this popular New Zealand author. I personally need good bones in a story and Rosalind James did not disappoint.
I find many “Romances” lack in plot, however this book had wonderful descriptions, believable characters and the story, while having a predictable ending, was complex enough to keep me interested.
This is a well written, enjoyable romance. It will leave the reader a little more knowledgeable about New Zealand, life down under and lead them to care about the characters, their insecurities and their journey.
I would highly recommend this series to anyone that enjoys romance with a decent life story behind it.
The Quilt, Unravelled has received another lovely review and again my day has started well. Thank you to anyone that takes the time to download, read and add a few lines about their experience.
My blog has been neglected but soon there will be news to add about the next book. Yes I, together with my geriatric cat Mouse, have been busy writing.
Have a great weekend where ever you are. And think of us in the Southern Hemisphere experiencing the coldest temperatures since 1908!
ByB. Martinon June 25, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
The Quilt is a beautifully written book chronicling the lives of Paul Clarke and Joanne Kyle. It was quite something watching as these two very different people, from two very different backgrounds, were slowly brought together. It made me reflect on my own life. Quite often you get lost in the now, losing sight of the steps that brought you there, and for a book to do that is special indeed.
I loved the characters. Everyone is presented so clearly, with unique personalities and voices; I really felt as though I knew them.
And no review of the Quilt would be complete without mentioning the setting. I’ve always wanted to visit New Zealand, and reading this book has only strengthened that desire. Rochelle Carlton does a wonderful describing the landscape. Reading about the Clarke’s vineyard made me want to hop on a plane and see it for myself.
This is a special book. Do you yourself a favor and read it. You won’t be disappointed.
I have read and reviewed Benedict Martin’s previous book “Charlie Robot.” Although this is not my normal genre I very much enjoyed his writing, and was eager to download the latest story “Planet Purgatory.”
I was not disappointed. “Planet Purgatory” opens up an imaginary world that transports you from reality in the very best way. Benedict Martin has a style of writing that allows you to visualise the places, people and creatures. He also shows his diverse talent by including detailed pictures of the characters throughout the book.
The main character David has human flaws, secrets and weaknesses. He travels in search of help to save Harkness, its occupants and his family. The journey keeps the reader turning the pages, while he introduces a variety of otherworldly creatures often with humour and sometimes even a little sadness.
Benedict Martin has a unique writing style. His imagination, his quality presentation, and his ability to transport the reader to another world make his work definitely worth a look. I would highly recommend this well-paced story to any reader wanting to escape to another world.
I look forward to reading his next book.