Loved, loved, loved this novel! I couldn't put it down. Tristi Pinkston not only explores the physical struggles of the Mormon pioneers, but the emotional and spiritual struggles they endured. The story is about Tristi's great-grandmother and is based on historical fact. However, she writes it as if she was the one who lived it.
Added by Holly on May 30, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments
I think that this book is my favorite Wingate book so far. I simply couldn't put it down. The story follows Julia, a former ballet dancer whose career is cut short due to a life-threatening eating disorder. After she "recovers" she becomes a guidance counselor at a middle school and befriends Dell Jordan, who is living with Karen and James from The Language of the Sycamores and struggling to fit in at her elite arts school.
Added by Holly on May 29, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments
A continuation of the story in Tending Roses, although this story is about Karen, Kate's sister. Karen loses her high-powered job and returns to the farm to find herself. Similar to Tending Roses, Karen finds herself through her memories of Grandma Rose and her experiences with her (no longer) estranged family, and a group of children.
Added by Holly on May 28, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments
As a rule, I don't like attempted sequels. I especially don't like attempted sequels of classic novels when those sequels are written by wannabe Jane Austens or Margaret Mitchells.
Added by Holly on May 27, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments
A sequel to Bread Alone and continues the story of Wynter Morrison. Wynter has stayed in Seattle and become a part owner of the bakery. The story explores her relationship with Mac and how she comes to mentor/mother Tyler. The voice is the same and the bread recipes sound delicious. Mac leaves and ends up in the Yukon and begins to deal with his own issues, but communicates to Wyn by letter.
Added by Holly on May 25, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments
I was disappointed. I loved the premise: a group of women who get together to share their lives and love of chocolate, in a store called, "Chocolate Heaven." I'd love to be able to visit a place like that--sort of a Starbucks type chocolaterie. There were bits and pieces of the story that I enjoyed. The friendship and support between the women was great. I loved the scene when the girls get their revenge on the creep who stole Chantal's jewelry.… Continue
Added by Holly on May 20, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments
I enjoyed the first book, Carpe Demon. I couldn't get into this one. I finally settled for skimming it. A definite disappointment. In theory, these could be fun books: a Buffy wannabe becomes a soccer mom, complete with teenager and toddler.
Added by Holly on May 17, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments
It's no secret that I did not jump on the Twilight bandwagon. I put my name on the hold list at the library for The Host, however, because I wanted to see if Stephenie Meyer had improved in her storytelling. I'm happy to say, "Yes, she did. To a point."
Added by Holly on May 16, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments
I loved it. A quick, easy read. It is laugh-out-loud funny. Camryn shares her story: how she became an actress and the highs and lows along the way. She's forthright and funny. She doesn't apologize for who she is: a woman who happens to be fat.
Added by Holly on May 13, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments
I'd heard so many rave reviews about this book that I was tempted to not read it. Too much praise normally turns me off of books. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this one, which is based on the author's own experiences with her grandmother.
Added by Holly on May 12, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments
I'm an Osmond fan. I'll state that fact right up front! I reread this book recently and enjoyed it just as much as the first time. Donny shares his life and his career experiences. He's honest and forthright: at times his recollections are heart-breaking.
Added by Holly on May 10, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments
I almost put it down and didn't finish it, but it is entertaining, for the most part. A romantic, coming-of-age book for adults. In LA, Wynter marries a rich man, lives a life of leisure and luxury and then her husband finds someone else and leaves. She's lost and angry and finds her way to Seattle, where her best friend lives. She looks back into her past and her love of baking and bread and gets a job in a bakery. Along the way, she makes some… Continue
Added by Holly on May 5, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments