This book grew on me and by the time I got to the end I was a real fan. Prudence is a cat who introduces us to the human she adopted,Sarah. The story is told mostly through Prudences eyes but does branch out to Sarah and Laura's (Sarah's daughter) points of view occasionally. Prudence is very confused when one day Sarah does not return to the apartment and Laura shows up a few days later with boxes and a cat carrier. She is even more confused when Laura packs her into the carrier and moves her to Laura's house. The rest of the story revolves around the relationship between Sarah and Laura. Prudence's observations as a cat regarding this is sweet, funny and true. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone, especially cat lovers. Highly recommended.
I TOTALLY enjoyed this book. This is a sweet, dark, funny tale about a family with nowhere to go but down. 'Shakes' Williams has decided to return home to the farm he grew up on to bury the dead cat he had adopted as a stray. He finds his father Emmett a changed man, the house is a wreck and the dementia that began as a kind of cute forgetfulness a few years ago is in full blown form. Shakes realizes he has to stay and become his fathers full time caregiver. When he discovers that the local banker has cheated his father out of not only his airplane but his farm as well, he hatches a plan to rob the bank that is repossessing the family farm with several old high school friends he has reconnected with.As dark as this story may sound there are wonderful moments of comedy, wit and love. The author uses a simplistic style of writing that I really felt rang true, yes - people really do talk this way. I can't recommend this book highly enough. A true American gem.
What a wonderful novel. I enjoyed listening to this book so much. The narrator was excellent and brought the characters to life for me. A fabulous and honest look at friendship, marriage, forgiveness and so much more. Highly recommended.
I really, really enjoyed this book! Two widows, an 85 year old grandmother and her 35 year old granddaughter take a cross country trip in the grandmother Goldies Rolls Royce to return some artwork to a long ago friend of the grandmother. They have not always had the best relationship as they are both stubborn as hell, but over the course of the trip they come closer together and learn much more about each other. The book jumps back and forth in time recounting each characters story and experience which I found to be very well done. I highly recommend this book for a great and interesting read. I had a hard time putting it down.
This is a exceptional book and I would not be surprised to see it winning some kind of award in the near future. Juliet is a blink as miss town in the prairie desert of Saskatuan. You wouldn't think that so much could be going on in such a podunk little town in the middle of no where, but feelings run deep in Juliet and you are in for a treat when you get to meet some of it's inhabitants. The characters are all flawed in some way - just like in real life - and sweetly loveable despite their shortcomings. The author respects their innocence and even their foolishness. Even the folks we don't get to know so well are clearly drawn and I can still see them in my minds eye. The flow is so gentle and the author treats her characters with such love and care I could barely put it down. Every story weaves together seamlessly and the author brilliantly wraps up the many lose ends towards the end. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Five stars and excellent in every way.
This book is beautifully written with wonderful descriptions of characters and scenery. That said it is not an easy read since it is about a relationship that was an abusive one. Effie and Max, her abusive boyfriend finally break up after the drowning of a young girl at a family cabin at a Vermont Lake. Effie then begins her wanderings, searching for redemption and escape. Three years later she learns that Max has died and she feels safe enough to return to Vermont and the 'camp' that she so loved. Here she is able to reconnect with the past and begin her healing journey. I felt uncomfortable with the abusive aspects of this story but can see how things like this can occur. They creep up on you until one is totally under water and under the spell of the abuser. The author did a great job with this. Effie does find redemption and is finally able to move on with her life when she confronts the truth of what happened, in her relationship with Max and the drowning of the young girl. Recommended!