Book Reviews of The Monk Downstairs

The Monk Downstairs
The Monk Downstairs
Author: Tim Farrington
ISBN-13: 9780062517869
ISBN-10: 0062517864
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 304
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 75 ratings
Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
While looking for something different, I tried this book and have to say that I really enjoyed it. While it is different from a regular romance novel, the romance in the story is quite good. It's a definite must-read.
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Helpful Score: 3
A quick read- sweet, gentle and moving. Rebecca's daughter Mary Martha is a particular delight.
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Helpful Score: 3
Fabulous book! Don't be deceived by the cover, this is not chick lit. Great characters!
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Helpful Score: 3
A touching book about life and love. I laughed, I cried, I enjoyed this book.
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Helpful Score: 2
At first I didn't expect much--just fluff with monks instead of fluff with hunks. But it was a very quick, witty, romantic read! I found myself laughing aloud a few times at the various witticisms by Rebecca, the main character and Mike, the monk. There was certainly a spiritual struggle going on with both characters, paired with a yearning for a relationship unlike the ones they had before they met each other. Very good and a very quick read!
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Helpful Score: 2
Although I'd never heard of this author, he has written a funny, touching story!
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Helpful Score: 2
Yet another book with rave reviews that I couldn't stand. Dull, slow, boring and predictable. There was nothing charming about the characters and the writing was mediocre. This one was a complete waste of time for me.
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Helpful Score: 2
Michael Christopher returns to the "world" from 20 years in a monastery and falls for a woman who is not sure what she believes. not good at reviews, this book better than review.
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Helpful Score: 1
Quick read, I enjoyed this book.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is a relatively short book - one that could be easily read in an afternoon, but I found myself savoring it over several days. About 1/2 through I found myself thinking that I would keep this on my bookshelf forever, but having finished it I know I must send it on to the next reader to also savor and enjoy! There is humor, pathos, romance, and comtemplative soul searching all rolled into this story. Rebecca and Mike are characters that I could see myself having dinner with and calling my friends; Phoebe is just quirky and eccentric enough to make me want to invite her too just so the evening didn't get too quiet! I loved this book.
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Helpful Score: 1
I thought the monk aspect would be interesting, but this one never really grabbed me. Okay romance story, but a tad graphic for me in a couple parts. In the end the story was more about loving everyone, which I enjoyed.
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Helpful Score: 1
A book with soul. Enjoyable read, but with depth.
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Helpful Score: 1
Very cute story! At one point I did start to dislike the main character, but then she got back in my good graces.
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Helpful Score: 1
Sweet, unusual love story.
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Helpful Score: 1
Slow at times, but a very good read.

About a monk who leaves his order after 28 years and moves in downstairs from a 38 year old single mother. Touching, sweet moments.
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A quick, very enjoyable read.
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I truly loved this story. Set in San Francisco Bay Area.

From the Reader's Guide: At once a romantic comedy and a tale of spiritual renewal, The Monk Downstairs is a love story in every sense of the word, a tender exploration of the unforseeable ways in which individual journeys interweave, and of the ways we are changed by the opening of the heart.
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A story of an unlikely love that occurs between a single-mother and a monk who moves in downstairs.
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I never read books a second time but this is definitely a keeper for just such purposes. I really enjoyed this book on so many levels.
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This was a fairly predictable book. To be honest, I was disappointed....
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Sure it's a love story, which I usually avoid; but it is one with real people, with real flaws. It is a gentle story, we are pretty sure where it is going, but it is well written. I enjoyed Mike's gentle nature and that the love story centered around his nature not his looks-the stories where everyone just stepped out of the pages of a magazine. I was a bit surprised by the complaints of graphic details, many male authors slide into the crude in romance, I don't think this one did; but Mike didn't come out of a Hallmark movie, either. It is an adult story, as love is a bit different at 40 than 20.
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I thought the monk aspect would be interesting, but this one never really grabbed me. Okay romance story, but a tad graphic for me in a couple parts. In the end the story was more about loving everyone, which I enjoyed.
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A somewhat different story for a change.
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A fun book to read..
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Really good book. I enjoyed it.
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A New York Times Notable Book
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I did not like this book. I thought it was going to be something different because of the classification, but I was disappointed. It is about what it says it is, but there is quite a bit of foul language used including taking the Lord's name in vain. It also has the main characters sleeping together by the middle of the book.

I will say that it is well written, so if none of the above offends you, this may be the book for you. But, if you do not appreciate the above, skip this one and move on to the next.
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Got this on a recommendation from the LBS. Couldn't really get into it.