I enjoyed reading this book. The characters were well developed and realistic. I loved the subject matter as well. For me, I could have done with less narrative about the soccer games; I would usually skip a paragraph or so when the book just went on and on describing the plays and what was happening on the field. OK, I get it, they're playing a soccer game! Also, I would have liked to have had a resolution to a couple of things that just kind of got dropped by the wayside and forgotten; but I won't go into that because I hate spoilers.
I love the way Alice Sebold writes. She has a way of making dark and violent content very inviting. This is the third book of hers that I have just been unable to put down for any length of time. This one took me just two days to read. This book was fascinating and I would have given it 4 stars if only it wasn't left open-ended. I absolutely loathe the "it-could-end-any-number-of-ways-so-pick-your-favorite" endings; I've spent my time reading the book and I feel I'm entitled to an actual ending. Humph!
Can I give this book more than 5 stars? It's so much more than a book about a dog, so much more. It will make you think about the world and your place in it. It was a pleasure to read and I won't soon forget the wise dog, Enzo.
Quick and Easy read. I haven't read any Nicholas Sparks books in quite a while because they are all the same and run together in my head until I can't keep them straight in my head anymore. Same story, different title.
My sister gave this book to me several years ago, so it's been a while since I read it. I think it took me a while to get into it, but I eventually started to like it. Some twists were predictable, but not in an "oh how lame" sort of way. This is the kind of book to me that is good to read during a "resting" phase. You know, the book you read AFTER you've finished a book that was emotionally exhausting? It's an easy read, not too deep.
Not as good as the others in this series, but definately worthwhile. It is a little distracting in the beginning being written from 3 points of view. Once the viewpoints start to weave it is easy to find a rhythm and really enjoy this book.
For me, this book was a little slow to begin with. I forced myself to read for 20 minutes each night before going to bed. About halfway through I got hooked. Thie characters are well written and it's easy to imagine them as people you know. This is a sweet and sad story at the same time. This is what I would call an "airplane" book. A pleasant read, but nothing needs to be explored and analyzed.
Wow! So many famous people in this story. Vanderbilts, Carnegies, and Rockefellers, oh my! Our fair heroine got to hang out with them all. Of course, a Vanderbilt fell in love with her and it didn't matter in the least that she was from a lower social class. It was all just so utterly unbelievable.
Mary Handley isn't all that likable, but I could have gotten over that. There are plenty of books that I have really enjoyed while finding no redeeming value in the protagonist. The story was just so on the surface. It was as if the goal of this book was to have the heroine interact with as many famous people as possible instead of make the story engaging.
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