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Review Date: 2/14/2010
Helpful Score: 9
This book had all the elements I enjoy in a story - cats, quilts and a good mystery. I enjoyed the twists and turns of the mystery and learning a few things about cats as well. I look forward to more books by this author.
Review Date: 1/21/2010
There are three stories in this book and I enjoyed each one. Each story deals with Irish "magic" and were very delightful.
Review Date: 1/17/2010
This was a very compelling read although I found the ending disappointing. A.M. Homes was adopted and in her late 20's was contacted by her birth mother. She later made contact with her very selfish birth father. The story is of self-discovery, a little be of self-obsession and, finally, self-acceptance. A very good read.
Review Date: 4/27/2011
Helpful Score: 1
I read some of the other reviews of this book and found, for the most part, all were quite positive. The book kept my attention for the most part but I did find myself speed reading through parts because I found it quite repetitive. I found myself wondering why Ms. Metz would want to bare her soul to the world in such a way and why she couldn't move on and wanted to keep her emotions so raw by digging into the past in such a way. I don't feel she had anything to hide and, from personal experience I know sometimes anger and grief need release, perhaps this was her release. It is obvious she felt her betrayal quite deeply and couldn't move on until she had excised it from her soul. I hope her daughter is much more resilient than her mom since all this drama, starting at the age of 6, must have been very confusing and upsetting for her to experience, the father's death, her mother's angst, depression and anger must have been hard for her to understand.
Overall, I liked the book but it was painful to read in parts and I felt for Ms. Metz.
Review Date: 1/4/2011
I found this to be a riveting book from beginning to end. Based upon the little known roundup of the Jews in France the story is told through the perspective of an eleven year old girl captured in the roundup and a journalist initially given the assignment to write about the events.
As the journalist learns more of the facts of the events and becomes captured by the story of the little girl she finds her life changed in many ways. The ending left me wanting the story to continue just a little bit more.
A real page turner from the beginning.
Review Date: 2/28/2010
Helpful Score: 1
In this age of "throw away relationships" it was heartening to read of such a deep commitment by a wife for her permanently disabled husband. Ms. Thomas' life was thrown into turmoil when her husband suffered debilitating injuries from being hit by a car and she relates how she coped with these events. The title reflects the role her pets have in keeping her anchored and sane in dealing with losing the husband she loves to brain injury. Although I found this story sad Ms. Thomas manages to relate how to cling to the better times and cope with the not so good.
Review Date: 1/16/2010
I received this book on Friday and finished it Saturday. I had a hard time putting it down. It is a wonderful story and it makes you wish you could be part of the Cooper family. The story opens with the death of the parents of 3 adult children and before you know it you are wrapped up in their lives and the lives of their parents. The letters are letters from the father to the mom, one every wednesday starting with the day of their marriage and ending the day they die. The letters lay out their life together,from their every day lives to the secrets they kept, and the reactions of their children as they read them. My one criticism would be that each little loose end was too neatly tied up, leaving the reader no opportunity to wonder "what if?"
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