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review 2017-01-29 15:01
A Poignant Simplicity of a Fable of Found and Lost
The Light Between Oceans: A Novel - M.L. Stedman

You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day. You have to keep remembering all the bad things.


It took a while to complete The Light Between Oceans. For one, there is much to read about in this book that drives a very poignant story that definitely guarantee tissue papers to be readied towards the end of the book. Another would be the words written that are simple and yet beautiful that I find almost every single character in this book are well taken-care of and meticulous... but where do I begin?


Let's start with what this is about - Tom Sherbourne returns from a four year war (World War I to be exact) on the Western Front to take a post as a lighthouse on Janus Island. Isolated from the nearest land, Tom's life was a lonely one until he met Isabel Graysmark, a young girl that brings life into him. Married and living on the island, life was simple... until two miscarriages and one stillbirth, Isabel had reached to the edge of depression. It was the arrival of a boat washed up ashore that carried a dead man and a living baby that Isabel thought it is a sign from God. Happiness begins with the Sherbourne family... until a few years later, when on land that Tom and Isabel have finally came across Hannah Roennfeldt, the birth mother of Lucy. There are hard decisions to be made... and one that could change their lives forever.


I love how it was written - simple and yet easy to follow. Every single description is carefully word out and lyrical. As I read, it was one that I felt being drawn into each character and how each and every single character plays a role that affects the decision of others. The description is pretty much short and simple and yet written in ways that given some of these characters meaning, with a simple brief history on each and every one. As to who they are and what they are, I can truly understand how Tom is as a role of a person that is self-pitied and yet sacrifice his life as a gentlemen. Isabel was written with changes from someone that never experience lost until someone that is selfish and possessive words well on the consequences taken by her. What was more is the sense of lost and giving up works deeply of its own that I became cried towards the end in the epilogue (the last chapter that is). Although I do felt there should not be any reason writing that last chapter, it does felt like it ended an extra more just for the tears.


The supporting characters were given attention and memorable. What I like about that is how each were given a short background and relation to each other in Partageuce, a small town where everyone knows what everyone is doing, easy and simple to relate. Of course, the dialogue which I enjoy most in 1920s how older and God is the utmost importance. Every detail is written well.


I can say that M.L. Stedman is a romantic that proven herself as a debut author in 2012 that won some awards. Although she has yet written any other books besides this one, I do hope she will as The Light Between Oceans is truly a book that should be read by understanding the culture of its own of that particular decade, which I truly enjoy. And to find some thing this good, its almost a classic of its own, which I can say it deserves a 4.5 out of 5 star.

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review 2017-01-15 09:39
A Done It Before Tale of Infidelity and What Happens If One Cheats...
Seeing Other People - Gayle Mike

It took longer and it was meant to be finished last year but the struggle I went through was one I regret buying this book. I have three words after I read it.


Plain. Dull. Predictable.


Firstly, the title isn't much of any connection that for the whole universe searching I can barely understand its meaning of it. Secondly, this has been done before many times that even any films that dealt with the subject of infidelity is a passing off of uninteresting story that even real life is happening to many people. The characters, as it turn out to be, are just predictable responses of every day norm what people will do when one cheats. Sure - there is a page I like where it talks about conviction and what was said is very true, but the rest has left me any thing to be desired about.


I truly try to like the story, I truly do. I even try to find other angles of acceptance but it was tolerance that takes over and that sense of realization that I know where this story is going - Tom is an idiot that only had cheated one time and only through his honesty, shit happens and every thing just go downhill. His wife, behaves like any other wives, cheat once and let's divorce. Nothing to compromise but a fixated mind that I can't handle this and so I find my ex-boyfriend who is much better and give the kids a better life. Then of course, there is that 'their kid's running away' routine and find that and its a sign. Throw in the ghost/hallucination of an ex-girlfriend of Tom to torture him and 90% of the novel was all a dream.


I didn't read this book to have all that but I guess when it comes to writing such stories, I thought maybe there would be some thing that is thoughtful or witty. Nothing comes to that and only escapism of Tom's character that it was all a dream, save his arse the next time he knew what to do when he was tempted again.


Seeing Other People is a book I tolerate and at times, I do find it a bore. I had a lot of such normal realities in my experience but reading this on each chapter, its expected such consequences do happened when a guy makes a single mistake. It shows men are dumb when it comes to the opposite sex and women are not strong when they can't handle such situations. I won't recommend it to anyone that live through such an experience before... whether even a ghost 'appear' in front of them for any book readers.

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review 2016-10-22 11:46
When The One We Love Hurts Us The Most
It Ends with Us: A Novel - Colleen Hoover

There is no such thing as bad people. We are all just bad people who do bad things.


This review contain spoilers. If you haven't read the book, please do not read BEYOND THIS sentence.

It took me a while to finished this book due to workload but I have no regrets taking my time to read IT ENDS WITH US. It is my first Colleen Hoover's novel as well and despite so much criticism about her other books, I took a chance with this because I heard so many good things about it.

I never regret one bit.

First - it's not a romance story. Yes, even the title sounds like it is. Its a fictional contemporary book focus on one theme - domestic abuse. We all know and come to know by reading news articles or heard from close friends about it. As it goes, this is not a straight-forward kind of story. Like its quote:

"There is no such thing as bad people. We are all just people who do bad things".

I finally understood what it means and held me there. As Colleen Hoover puts it - this novel is unlike any of her novels at all. Yes, there is romance involve, rekindling of lost love but what it focus is domestic abuse. As I read Part One of the book, I felt how relationships were reflected in today's modern society but towards the end of that part, it hold my breath thinking why people would divorce and I finally understood. Part Two took every thing from me. My emotions were in a knot and it was then I knew, this has become one of my favorite reads for 2016. There is progression of characters between Lily Bloom and Ryle Kincaid. There is a part where Atlas Corrigan exist in this world that nobody understood why they let go to the ones they love the most. Their relationship between all characters has come to an important point of living their lives to some thing more important - their children. To end the cycle of abuse by making a choice that ends the cycle. Its never about closure... its about decide to make it right for the future.

I know I have given a 4 out of 5 star but to me, its a 4.5 out of 5. It has every thing that covers much of the topic itself, but that extra 0.5 was not given likely because I didn't felt the way I feel to other books. But this is one of my favorite reads for 2016 and I would recommend anyone to read this.

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review 2016-08-29 04:15
Mr. February by Ann Roth
Contemporary Romance Two-Book Box Set: Heroes of Rogue Valley: Mr. January, Mr. February (Heroes of Rogue Valley: Calendar Guys) - Ann Roth

I received this book from the author in return for a honest review. I've given it a 4.5* rating. I enjoyed this romance with the hunky firefighter and the pottery making heroine. Because of sexual content, it is not suitable for the under 18 group. This was a fun and fast read that pulled me into it's story quickly and kept me interested till the end. I'll be looking forward to Mr. March.

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review 2014-09-12 17:42
Contemporary Cowboy Romance 3 Book Box Set
Contemporary Cowboy Romance 3 Book Box Set - Amelia Rose

* 5 stars *

I really enjoyed reading the Contemporary Cowboy Romance 3 Book Box Set by Amelia Rose. Her writing is smooth and the story lines are easy to follow. Ms. Rose gives us romances with enough suspense to keep the reader interested. They are nice quick reads with wonderful character development. The females have strong personalities while the males are kind and want to help the heroines. I just loved all of them!


I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this set to anyone wanting quick contemporary western romances.

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