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I have read a lot of books, I love reading. Some I read are brilliant, some are ok and others so bad that they're impossible to finish but this book. This book is amazing! What it is that I have never done before is to leave a review of a book, or indeed a review of anything, before I have fully tested it out.
But here I am, just 28% of the way through and already I have been on the edge of my seat with apprehension, I have smiled genuine smiles laughed out loud and cried real tears. I can't put it down and I fear that I'm in for a sleepless night because of it but I am sure that I will continue to feel like this throughout hence writing this now.
Despite not waiting to stop reading I felt compelled to write this review. I want to text my mum and tell her to read it too, immediately. It's just got me. I appreciate that everyone's opinion differs and some may read this and think 'what a load of hogwash', but I don't care. I do hope though that someone else reads this book and is just as crazy about it because it fully deserves recognition and praise. And that's me not even going into the wonderful way that the characters are all so real and the language and the setting of each scene.
I'm very pleased to note that this just one in a series!
It's Mothers Day today so I knew I had the day to myself to read. I wanted a book that I could lose myself in and this did not disappoint. This book was recommended to me by my book friend Sue. I'm wondering now why I haven't read all Bette's book as this was a gem.
This book was so well written. The storyline had me gripped. This author has a great way of story telling. I felt I was there among the characters in this story. Throughout this book I got goosebumps reading it. To me that's a sign of a great book
Oh have I said how much I love the name Olivia? Well I do. It's actually my middle name and I'm named after my nanny(grandmother).
I highly recommend this read.
Ethan Allen is eleven years old living with his parents on a farm. His mama, Susannah, is flighty and totally undomesticated, she just wants to go to New York City to be a singer, it’s all she talks about. But Ethan’s daddy, Benjamin, has no intention of allowing it. Between the fighting, making up and general disregard from his parents Ethan does’t have much of a childhood or upbringing. When horrific and violent events occur he runs to the only person he can think of, the grandfather he has never met.
This is a gritty and, at times, tragic story with very distinctive, well formed and colourful characters that will surely pull the reader into their lives. It was easy to get involved in the story and sympathise with the characters, especially Ethan. He is very credible given his life up to that point and the developing relationship between him and Olivia is touching.
I like the way the characters are all woven together to create an engaging story with humour, sadness, some violence but also hope and trust. The first person perspectives at the beginning of each chapter is a nice touch, like eavesdropping on that character's thoughts.
There’s an unmistakable theme of good versus evil running through, not in a preachy way, showing the best and worst of human nature. The epilogue may not appeal to all readers but for me it rounds the story off nicely.
The book is a reasonable read, it ambles along nicely, but did feel slightly laboured towards the end.
The two main characters' lives are nicely explained and described, and we see how the paths cross, ultimately to better each others' lives. The narrative is interspersed with accounts from the characters, adding an interesting and different dimension to the story.
The main characters wasn't hugely likeable to start with, but I did develop an empathy with her, and she becomes more likeable as her path crosses with her `grandson'.
The final ending was touching and well done and was a nice, neat end to the book.
I found the story fast paced and interesting - it certainly kept me turning the pages. It is quite humorous, but at the same time there is a serious thread running through it. The way it is told reminds me a little of Fannie Flagg's books, an author of whom I am a fan. I liked the characters, some of them are quite quirky and I thought them well drawn. I cared very much what happened to Ethan Allen, he was such a resourceful and fearless young man!
An easy, entertaining and heartwarming tale which I would recommend to those who enjoy slice-of-life stories containing a hint of mystery and a smattering of romance.
My thanks to Bette Lee Crosby for sending me a free copy of the Ebook to download onto my Kindle. It was a pleasure to read it!
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I very much enjoyed reading this book. Right from the beginning I felt involved with the characters. It was well written and believable. Read morePublished 4 months ago by mummymaggieb
A story of twist and turns you cannot think what is going to happen I found that it was a real page turnerPublished 5 months ago by Bill Roath
Started off real slow but then picks up speed towards the e nd. Didn't think it was my cup of tea but kind of warmed to it near the end. Read morePublished 5 months ago by sloopjohnb17
Really lovely book, made me laugh and cry. Excellent story and hard to put the book down at times xPublished 5 months ago by l j brines
This was a really good read- a great storyline and richly painted characters. Enjoyed it a lot and looking forward to reading more from this author. ThanksPublished 5 months ago by Kate McBride
Oh I loved this book so much it's a real page turner which I could not put down. It is such a lovely story and very well written. Read morePublished 6 months ago by lisa