Another page-turner from Radclyffe. The scenes are vivid, the intense emotions palpable. I've always maintained that the definition of a good book is one that stays with you even when you aren't reading it.This novel truly delivers in that regard. Honor and Quinn are clearly fated for one another from the opening pages, and the draw to follow them on this journey is irresistible. The medical drama adds another interesting edge. Life, love, loss, uncertainty and destiny - it all seems to come down to fate - just as the title implies. The characters are engaging and real. It's also very refreshing to have lesbian families depicted as unremarkable; it's very matter-of-fact, no apologies or explanations. I highly recommend this great escape!
I gotta say - I didn't get it. All the high praise about uproarious laugh-out-loud moments - it just never happened. There were definitely some amusing turns of a phrase and humorous bits of sarcasm or ironic pondering. But overall, it was dark and sad - and far more gross than was really necessary (and they supposedly edited "worse" things out! Yuck!). If weird is your thing, you'll probably love it. Me, not so much.
Highly engaging combination of home renovation saga, food writing, and Katrina memoir. The author is a clearly wealthy contributing editor for Vogue and Newsweek whose historic home survives the storm and its aftermath. The focus is on the food industry in the wake of the storm. This proves to be a truly unique perspective. There is plenty of grit and graphic bits to represent the abundance of horrors the Crescent City endured. While the availability of fresh oysters and lump crabmeat cannot possibly compare with the carnage, there is merit in the notion that life, and the party (in New Orleans, anyway), must go on. The author also repeatedly acknowledges with great wonder at her good fortune as well as her immense guilt at having same. I truly enjoyed this book.