Tag: Love

Book Review: My Name Is Memory by Ann Brashares

Posted September 19, 2011 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

Title: My Name Is Memory

Author: Ann Brashares

Publisher: Riverhead

Publication Date: June 2010

Genre: Adult Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book One

Synopsis can be found here.

Ann Brashares, best known for her Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Young Adult series, takes on adult fiction in the first book to this stunning new trilogy.
Every lifetime, the love of Daniel’s life is reincarnated into another being, and he must find her. Sometimes, he doesn’t find her until she’s old. Sometimes she’s too young. This time, they are just right. Around the same age and in the same high school, Daniel remembers his past tries over the centuries. But someone from Daniel’s past lurks one step ahead of him, and he is intent on punishing Daniel forever.
I had never read Brashares’s other series, but was intrigued by the premise. A love story spanning hundreds of years? Sign me up! The true romantic in me swooned over the glittery cover and the promise of a well-told story. And after having read The Time Traveler’s Wife years ago, this seemed like something I would enjoy.
I dove into the lyrical language and beautiful tone of this novel. The heartbreaking history of these characters weighs heavily on Daniel, the only one who remembers all his lives. Daniel is a sturdy and true character. Complex and lonely, his soul relives every loss and win, every lifetime. Instead of being bitter, Daniel is a fighter and continues on, hoping for a better chance next time. Lucy, his soulmate’s name in this lifetime, is a strong teenager. She doesn’t flip back and forth or whine. She’s mature and though things seem a little unreal about Daniel, she does realize something special is between them.
Full heavy emotions fill the pages and I found myself really caring about these characters, rooting for Daniel and Lucy to somehow find a way to be together. The entire time I read this book, time did not exist for me. I was so swept up in their story.

And then the end…
I almost screamed and threw the book down! The end?!  But no, thank goodness I went online and began searching the web in outrage over the book’s ending. Only to find it’s book one in the series. Whew! So don’t expect a neat ending because it’s not over.

Brashares, please write faster!! I’m eagerly awaiting book two.

Review: 10, One of the best

Posted September 19, 2011 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

Book Review: Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

Posted August 25, 2011 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Title: Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

Author: Helen Simonson

Publisher: Random House

Publication Date: January 2010

Genre: Adult Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Stand AloneSynopsis can be found here


Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand is a charming story that takes place in the English countryside. As the Major finds himself drawn to Mrs. Ali, a widow who owns the local shop, the townspeople and their own families throw them obstacles which each must overcome in order to be together.

The language rolls over me, warm with beautiful descriptions. Every character is brought to life vividly.  This is a book about a sleepy town and the prejudices that crawl to the surface. The book is on the slower side, but not in a bad way. I felt the rolling of the English countryside and the quietness of the town which accents nicely the mayhem of the shooting party and the drama that unfolds later in the novel. To its core, it is an incredibly romantic story, about two people finding love but having to cross many barriers to be together.

Major Pettigrew, for all his upright and conservative views, is a kind and gentle man. Simonson makes him sympathetic without being narrow-minded and old. Mrs. Ali on the other hand is like a breeze of fresh air. Their courtship starts slow and it’s amazing to read about these two people whose relationship blossoms so slowly and naturally.
Roger, the major’s son is certainly on the other end of the spectrum. He’s equally parts yuppie young man and aimlessly wandering son. While he isn’t a totally unlikeable character, I found myself cringing at Roger’s comments.

I listened to the audiobook, read by Peter Altschuler, which was breathtakingly beautiful. The words and descriptions of the townspeople of Edgecombe St. Mary are well developed, even to the most minor of characters. And Altschuler does a superb job of reading in Major’s narration, his voice rich. 

Review 8 Cookie Worthy, bordering on 9!

Posted August 25, 2011 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments