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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
 
Informative, Interesting, Fun
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
ROOM

Jack captured my heart and mind early in the book. I think as a mother I was most captivated with Ma's ingenuity to create Room the way that she did and just how vulnerable our small children are. They really depend on us for all of their knowledge, to be their source and guide. Jack's trust and belief of what Ma had told him was such a strong testimony to the power of parenting (whether for good or for bad) - Room is a brilliant book and despite being about a despicable topic...I thought it was great! The suspense, the details, the tenderness...well crafted from the very beginning.

 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Interesting, Beautiful
Beautiful Ruins

This is a book is written very visually. You can actually see the scenes and words playing out while reading. The beauty of Italy is well described and Pasquale is the best narrator of the entire book. There are several main characters/story tellers in this book which can be confusing to the reader.
I reflected strongly on the truth of how our lives are very intertwined and run wide and deep. Most of us do not ever witness all the cross parallels and impact we have on other people as this book explores but it does make you think about it.
The last chapter is very perplexing and actually takes away from the book-it makes it unconvincing-I am inclined to think the last chapter really is not part of the story but perhaps the perfect \"big pitch\" or Hollywood ending that they would have all wished to be true.
It was a very enjoyable and fast paced read. I was interested and invested in each characters life. Well written - 4 stars!

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