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Gray Mountain: A Novel by John Grisham
 
Informative, Dramatic, Slow
Boring!

I usually love John Grisham but this was a big disappointment. The main character was boring and the book was slow. Normally I'm hooked after a few chapters in other Grisham novels. It just felt like all Mr. Grisham was after was getting you to understand the horrors of strip mining and the horrific, tragic effects it has on the environments and communities where it happens (which is sad!). I wasn't even into the book until about half way through and then I got mildly interested to see what happened to one of the main characters and how that mystery would be solved. Although the sad thing is it never was solved. The book just ended and I was still wondering about that and a few other mildly interesting cases. Maybe Mr. Grisham is planning a sequel but if one comes out I wouldn't even care to read it and find out. Just boring. Find an article on strip mining to educate yourself and skip the book. Sorry, John! :(

The Nightingale: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Inspiring
Great book!

I hadn\\\'t read any books by Kristin Hannah before, but after reading The Nightingale want to read other books by this author. The story is very well written, and the characters become so real. You follow the story of these two sisters with great interest, and at the end you feel their pain and also share in their redemption. An excellent piece of historical fiction. I was familiar of course with the Holocaust and its atrocities. This shows the perspective of those in France and the valor of those who hid Jews and helped downed airmen to escape to safety. Triumphant and heartbreaking at the same time.

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