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Subject: Welcome to the Great mysterious was so much fun!
Date Posted: 2/27/2008 9:30 PM ET
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Anyone read this book by Lorna Landvik?  I really enjoyed it!  It's tender but funny.  If you're familiar with Landvik, then you know how you puts a little humor in serious situations. 

This is the story of an Broadway actress who is pretty self centered.  Her twin sister needs her to spend a month babysitting her son.  He's 12 and has Down Syndrome.  So, the book is mostly about the relationship of the Aunt and the Nephew.  It was very touching.  A simple story, but very enjoyable.

Anyone else read it?

Date Posted: 2/27/2008 10:12 PM ET
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I haven't read it yet. But I will soon. = D Thanks for sharing, this sounds like a book I'd really enjoy (I love touching/heart-warming family relationship stories).

Date Posted: 2/28/2008 4:04 PM ET
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Are you the one that ordered my copy ? :)  If so thanks!  It's really a wonderful story.  Not overly sappy and it makes you think a bit about stereotypes.

Date Posted: 2/28/2008 5:32 PM ET
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Yep, that was me. = D

Date Posted: 2/28/2008 5:51 PM ET
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I read this book and enjoyed it also. I haven't read a bad book by this author yet!

Date Posted: 2/29/2008 2:54 PM ET
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Jeanne, I've read Angry Housewives and this one.  I've enjoyed them both equally.  She has her own style that takes touchy subjects and adds a bit of humor to it.  I don't usually find books laugh out loud funny, but she makes me chuckle.  I think I will read more by Landvik.

Date Posted: 3/7/2008 5:39 PM ET
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I'm halfway thru.  It's just what I need right now, poignant, but with a light touch.

Date Posted: 3/8/2008 11:45 AM ET
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Well, thank you.  I will push this up near the top of Mt TBR.  I love Landvik, with my favorite so far being Patty Jane's House of Curl.  I cried, and cried...

Date Posted: 3/8/2008 3:44 PM ET
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I like how she can cover something touchy without being overly sappy.  And, it is very funny at times.

Date Posted: 3/8/2008 6:21 PM ET
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Melody, she's almost too brief, touching a tragedy so lightly that you could almost miss the emotion and substance in what just happened if not for her magic touch with words.  Try Patty Jane...you'll see.  I know others loved it, and others thought it almost too flippant.  And, of course it could have been my mood at the time, but I don't cry much with books anymore, and this one really hit me hard.  I don't want to spoil anything, but I'll just say, that with one measly paragraph, she can hit you with an unexpected death, funeral, and aftermath and make you feel just all over wrung out!

 

Date Posted: 5/13/2008 12:27 PM ET
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Ho, boy.  It has just got to be me.  I am seriously not liking much lately.  And I've been reading books recommended by folks with very similar tastes to my own.  And, Landvik is one of my favorite authors. 

I did not like this book.  I had a hard time believing Landvik actually wrote it.  I kept thinking, she did a friend a favor, convinced her editor to publish it, and one day they will confess and her friend will be on her way.

I gave it 3 good nights, a long time for a book that isn't all that big.  I could not finish it, and immediately relisted it this morning.

For me, it was a poorly written, plot-way-over-done-and not retold-with-an-unique-style, romance.  I did not like the heroine, and I realize we aren't supposed to like her until the charming nephew changes her.  I would never like her.  And I felt every single character was a perfect stereotype of who they were portraying. 

Are we sure Landvik really wrote this?

Wow.  Can you believe the different ways people see the same thing?  Like I said earlier, I absolutely loved Patty Jane's House of Curl.  Enjoyed Angry Housewives very much.  (But many folks did not like that book, calling it a poor rehashing of typical women's fiction, stereotypical, etc.)