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text 2017-11-15 14:27
The Nine Lives of Christmas - 100%
The Nine Lives of Christmas - Sheila Roberts

Ugh. Full review later. 

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text 2017-11-15 13:01
The Nine Lives of Christmas - 83%
The Nine Lives of Christmas - Sheila Roberts

I'm just having a hard time viewing the protagonist as a love interest, when he only thinks of women as either "good timing bimbos" or "nice girls that you take to the altar". He even only thinks of our heroine in sexual vs. marriage terms. 

 

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text 2017-11-15 01:11
The Nine Lives of Christmas - 50%
The Nine Lives of Christmas - Sheila Roberts

A naturally beautiful girl who thinks she's plain? Hmm, that seems familiar. Where have I read that before?

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text 2017-11-14 22:40
The Nine Lives of Christmas - 17%
The Nine Lives of Christmas - Sheila Roberts

Pretty eyeroll worthy so far. Every single character - even the cat - is a commitment-averse because of some kind of loss/pain in the past. And for a guy who is happily free, he sure spends a lot of time obsessing over the commitment possibilities of every woman. 

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review 2017-03-18 13:36
Harvest Home ★★★★☆
Harvest Home - Thomas Tryon

Some books have such compelling action that I get completely sucked in, reading to find out what’s next, what’s going to happen on that next page. This is not that kind of book. Instead, it is a slow burning, wonderfully atmospheric story that sucked me into the mysterious events and curious characters, so that I kept reading because I wanted to know more, to mine the hints and subtleties to find out *why* people were doing and saying and events and stories were not matching up. I am not a fast reader, and with baseball games having started, I’m slower than ever, which is why it’s significant that I finished a 400 page hardcover in only four days. And that’s literally all I can think of to say without spoiling the whole plot.

 

This novel is not without its problems. It is certainly dated, but I wouldn’t say that it hasn’t aged well. More that it is an excellent snapshot of the cultural issues and fascinations of early 1970’s mainstream America. Although I have never studied the history of feminism, I am willing to bet that a modern feminist scholar would find a lot to dissect here.

 

One last thought. I first read this book when I was not quite a preteen, because it was all the rage at the time and my parents never noticed when I snuck their adult fiction off the shelf after they were done with it. They never would have let me read the novel equivalent of an R rated movie. So I didn’t have the maturity or the base knowledge to understand a lot of it (no internet in the 70’s and children were much more naïve then), and I’d forgotten most of the plot, so in some ways I was coming to this book unspoiled. And I’m glad of it. This book had been left on my parents’ bookshelves for 40 years, until I found it mixed into a box of my grandmother’s books, when my mother chose to give them to me as keepsakes rather than throwing them out. I was delighted to find it, and now I’m even more delighted after having reread it as an adult.

 

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