Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Canary Island Song appears to center around Carolyn and her life. As is with most of us, things did not go the way she planned. She has regrets, hurts, doubts and fears. So she runs away... to the Canary Islands to see her mother. And while there is a great deal of focus on Carolyn and her journeys (she has more than one and all are not physical), this book also focuses on her mother and her daughter... three generations... some of the same struggles... some different... all looking for something and holding to each other. A beautiful generational picture of womanhood.
Friday, August 26, 2011
While the book does take quotes from Rob Bell's Love Wins, which presents a universalist view of hell, this is not a book slamming Bell or his work. Not at all! I would imagine Bell's book played a roll in this project coming about, but it is not the central catalyst. I stated earlier this is a look at the Truth... the Word.. what God has to say about hell.
I have read it through once... reread parts... and have no doubt I will read it again. I suggest keeping a Bible close at hand as you read.
Ultimately... before all is said and done, this is a book on the Sovereignty of God. And that, for me, is the best news of all!
Along the way she has to deal with a friendship that is becoming more and make decisions concerning her career and whether she will stay in Colorado or return to the East Coast. Fortuntely she has friends to help her deal with all the questions in her life.
Wonderful read as always! Already have the next book in the series checked out from the library and in my to read basket!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The Help does not sugar coat the reality. For that, I am thankful. Stockett shows not only the way these families treated their "help" but also their children... leaving them to be seen but not heard until Mother was ready to show them off.. and then they had better be perfect. I knew children who grew up like this... still do.. it is beyond sad.
I love that Stockett shows the relationship between the "help" and the children. While we only had a maid a few years of my young life and my mother, who worked outside the home, didn't neglect or ignore me, I loved Josephine. She was, to me, family. I pray she felt that way about us. I would hate to think she felt we saw her as the women in this book see the maids who work for them.
I have heard a few folks criticize this book and the movie. But, for the most part, I hear praise for it. It is a delightfully sweet and accurate portrait of a far from sweet time in our history.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Imagine my surprise when I saw someone mention Witemeyer's books on a Facebook page -- Lovers of Old West Fiction. They received rave reviews from many in that group, so I knew I have made a great choice in bringing it home with me.
I loved the characters and stories and look forward to reading more books by Witemeyer in the future. Hannah Richards dreams of owning her own dressmaker's shop one day, so when a wealthy patron opens the door for that dream Hannah runs through it with great expectation. She arrives in Coventry, TX ready to take the world by storm... and a storm she finds.. in J. T. "Jericho" Tucker. JT finds fancy dresses and such a tool to encourage women to vanity and discontentment and he wants nothing to do with... nor does he care to have it show up in his town. No matter how much he tries to avoid Hannah and her shop, he finds himself coming to her rescue time and time again.
As he watches the effect Hannah has on the town... on the people... her compassion and love... he begins to second guess his opinions concerning beauty and dressmaking.... and his opinion of a certain lovely dressmaker.
Very sweet story... a feisty female and a gruff fella... wonderful combination!