Saturday, August 29, 2015
This is a bit of a haunting look at WWI through the eyes of a first nations man from Ontario. It was brutal, with some raw edges, and about loss, love in many different forms, hope, and ultimately redemption.
Well worth the time to read, but certainly not a happy go lucky feel good book.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
This final chapter of the trilogy was fast-paced, and I enjoyed our three female lead characters much more (Charlotte, Melanie, and Dale). The gloves were off a little more, more vulnerability, and more growth. Different folks had learning circles close, and the female relationships were back again at front and center.
I think what I liked best about this series (besides women in leadership roles), was how it was peppered with how hard it is to balance any career with motherhood, and the prices that women pay in this precarious existence. This was fine summer reading for me. With the US presidential candidate nomination races going on - an interesting snapshot in to the political lives of the insiders, especially as a woman could be running for president next year, and given the impact terrorist actions have had in the last decade.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
I love finding new authors. I really enjoyed this book. Well researched, and two time period story lines that were well woven together. I would have almost liked more of the present day story, but it was a good read. I apparently like books with a bit of magic tossed in, as well as good, well researched plot and interesting characters. I will be reading more from this author!
Saturday, August 1, 2015
These are truly lovely reads. It is truly easy to get lost in the fictional town of Ballybucklebo, Northern Ireland of the 1950s'ish.
This novel finds us following O'Reilly in both modern times and reflections from his experiences as a Naval Surgeon during WWII. I find the prose easy to read, the characters engaging, and I like learning about past lives and how the 'present' weaves in and out of past events. There are many things to like about these books, and if you are looking for an escape in to another time, where the drama is on a local scale, this is your series. You finish the book wanting more, and also feeling good. These aren't dark novels, they are about relationships and the role of your country GP that looks at their patients holistically and how small towns evolve in ways different than that of the city.