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Book Review: The Paris Wife

The Paris Wife was written by Paula McLain.

I loved this book. It was beautifully written, and it kept me engrossed that I finished it in one sitting. The novel is about Ernest Hemingway’s first wife. It’s fiction, so a lot of it is speculation, but the imagination can bring wonders. It is written through the eyes of Hadley Richardson, Hemingway’s first wife. Her life was dull until she met Hemingway, and suddenly she’s swept up by Hemingway and living in Paris among a wild bunch of now-famous writers like Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and more.

Paula writes about heartbreak and betrayal, but also about love and happiness. By writing through Hadley’s eyes, she can write freely about the experiences Hadley has with Hemingway and his friends. Paula does a good job of conveying Hadley’s love for Hemingway. Paula writes the feelings in such a fluid way that as a reader, I felt them too. The novel was a great read, because we know so much about Hemingway, but not a whole lot about his wives. For once it’s nice to look through the other side.

The novel is a beautiful representation of the matters in the heart. It’s so real, that’s how well Paula wrote the story.

I give it… quibbler_100quibbler_100quibbler_100quibbler_100

Mermaid kisses and starfish wishes,

Book Review: Go Set a Watchman

I just started this book Go Set a Watchman, the sequel to Harper Lee’s famous To Kill a Mockingbird, so I will have to update this review later. I just wanted to point out a few things.

Atticus is racist. He did his job regardless of his feelings in the first book. You can be ethical and racist at the same time. I argued this point so many times in school, I just gave up on it.

English teachers, take note: Books are a fluid movement of words to paint a picture. Everyone’s picture will be different, so there cannot be just one interpretation of someone’s reading.

I always thought the biggest troll would be to write a fantastic novel, it becomes a classic and taught in schools everywhere; then on my deathbed say, it’s just a damn book.

Full review soon.

Book Review: The Butterfly and the Violin (Hidden Masterpiece, #1)

I was recently on a road trip that allowed me to read a few books to review when I got home. The Butterfly and the Violin was a random choice. Sometimes I do judge books by their cover, and this book’s cover called out to me.

It runs along two plot lines, which in itself is difficult to do: Nazi Germany and present time. Kristy Cambron had no problem doing so. She kept me riveted into the story line. It was a beautiful telling of past and present over a piece of history, a painting of a young girl and her violin, that seems so minor but is really very profound.

An art gallery owner, Sera James, is obsessed with finding this painting she saw as a young girl in a Paris museum. She has found someone with a possible connection to the painting and must go convince them to sell it to her. She meets the man who controls the estate while things are in limbo during a family member’s inevitable death. She agrees to look for the painting with him, but she has her own insecurities as she once had her own world crumble around her, and the author ties this with the girl in the painting. While no heartbreak is the same, the pain is real across the board.

There is a romantic sub-plot in the novel, but it is not the forefront. The novel focuses on the history of the “hidden masterpiece” which is ‘the butterfly and the violin’. It has Christian undertones, which suited the novel nicely without being overreaching.

The way the author wove the two lives together was flawless, they intersect like one person. She probes into questions of deep, powerful meaning ranging from love to beauty; but for me the most important one she posed is “Can we hold on to God when we have every reason to give up hope?”

It was a beautifully written book, and I am on the list to check out the second one in the series. I’m very excited.

I give it….. quibbler_100quibbler_100quibbler_100quibbler_100 or four Quibblers.

Mermaid kisses and starfish wishes,

Book Review: Grey; Fifty Shades of Grey As Told By Christian

Book Read: Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey As Told By Christian

Please don’t read if you didn’t read the book. I try not to add spoilers, but I can’t always stop my babbling.

Everyone knows the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy by E L James. There was a huge merchandise boom, and jokes and all that jazz when it came out. A Twilight fanfic that got discovered and rewritten to be original. People described it as porn in writing. It sure took off like it was porn. Hell, there’s even a movie out for the first novel (guilty!). I am a fan of the trilogy. I own the three books, and when I heard about Grey, I immediately pre-ordered it, set it to deliver immediately to my Kindle upon release day. I waited in anticipation. I’ve always wondered what the hell Christian was thinking all those times. I am sure I’m not the only one.

Then, at 12:02am, June 18, the book had arrived on my Kindle. Despite my horrid month and half with a migraine above pain level of 8, I grabbed my phone and opened the book. To my great disappointment, although I am not sure what I expected to be honest, it is dull. First, it is by DATES, not chapters. Second, while we do see Christian’s dreams and thoughts, they’re very unsubstantiated. I do not feel the character. I thought I would devour the book within the hour. I did get half way but my migraine got in the way. So I put it off til later.

Picked it up again, determined that my first impression was wrong. No, it wasn’t. Christian is a bona fide asshole. He is “fifty shades of fucked up”. While I understand this is his point of view. I noticed tiny things that changed. Things that can’t be forgotten or unimagined. I cannot share them here because spoilers, but one thing is Elena. Oh, my, god, the revelation there is MIND BLOWING. I wanted to throw my Kindle out the window (I miss paperbacks already).

Christian didn’t really develop as a character, he just makes me want to vomit. We heard his thoughts, and saw what he saw, but the events were the same. I was reading the same book except the other way around. Anastasia has more character and oomph than he does. But it’s Fifty Shades, not Shakespeare. I will read the rest if she does the other two from his POV just to see how he changed, but at the moment, Christian is on my shit list, as Kavanaugh so eloquently put it.

So I give it quibbler_100 quibbler_100  or two quibblers worth.

Mermaid kisses and starfish wishes,