Gail R. (gailrod) - Reviews

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Abide with Me
Abide with Me
Author: Elizabeth Strout
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/14/2013
Helpful Score: 1


This was mainly about a minister in a small town, but I didn't get a preachy feeling from it. The author has the gossiping townspeople down pat!
I enjoyed the characters and the story very much. Elizabeth Strout rocks!


Amy and Isabelle
Amy and Isabelle
Author: Elizabeth Strout
Book Type: Unknown Binding
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/4/2013
Helpful Score: 1


I enjoyed this book. It's the story of a single mom & her teenage daughter. The mom comes across as overprotective, but as you read about her background you understand why.

There is an ICK FACTOR in the parts where the daughter is with her teacher...I couldn't wait to get out of those portions...definitely creepy.

A good read, I've enjoyed everything from Strout so far.


Before I Go to Sleep
Before I Go to Sleep
Author: S. J. Watson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/16/2013


At first I thought this book would be like 100 First Dates or Groundhog Day, but very little of it was repeated, or if it was - it was done in a way to be different. I could not put this book down and was blown away by the ending, I can usually tell what's going to happen - but not with this book, wow is all I can say.


The Girls
The Girls
Author: Lori Lansens
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/25/2013


I just finished this book last night. It is about craniopagus-conjoined twin girls, from their early life to present-day 30 yr olds. There are funny parts and sad parts, hard to put this book down.

They switch back and forth each chapter, each telling their story, they are alike but totally different. I laughed out loud at some of the things they came up with.

Each character is described so intimately that you feel you know them. Their Slovakian Uncle Stash & their Aunt Lovey, a nurse, tell it like it is, raising Rose & Ruby to be independent & non-judgmental.


The Language of Secrets
The Language of Secrets
Author: Dianne Dixon
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/4/2013


I like how the chapters in this book indicated the date/place as this story goes back and forth between the two.

I also liked the way this book was one step ahead of me, just when I thought I'd figured it out - it changed...it wasn't predictable.

My thoughts after I read this: communication is everything.


The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius
The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius
Author: Kristine Barnett
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/24/2013


I could not put this book down, every chapter amazed me.

Kristine Barnett has written from the heart, you feel her pain, joy, fear and surprise along the way. There is nothing she wouldn't do for others...it all comes natural, she truly knew what to do for her autistic son Jacob and she wasn't afraid to upset the apple cart of public schools. Along the way, others are helped by her can-do attitude.

The family has a good sense of humor, and they need it for all they go thru. A very eye-opening book where you keep rooting for Jacob. I hope there is a sequel - I'd like to see what Jacob Barnett is up to!


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