June 26, 2013

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Anyone else nostalgic for childhood now? 

I haven't done very many book reviews here,
but I recently read two interesting books
so I thought I'd review em for you today.

First up:
"A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures the love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.

Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking, fast-living, and free-loving life of Jazz Age Paris. As Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history and pours himself into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises, Hadley strives to hold on to her sense of self as her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging. Eventually they find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriage—a deception that will lead to the unraveling of everything they’ve fought so hard for.

A heartbreaking portrayal of love and torn loyalty, The Paris Wife is all the more poignant because we know that, in the end, Hemingway wrote that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley."
[synopsis from *here*]

I was ahead of the curve on this book and honestly, I don't get the hoopla. It was a very different read than normal for me, which I did enjoy, however, I was NOT a fan of the heroine. I can't say much else without ruining the story, but Hadley and I would definitely have issues if we were friends. 


Next up:
 "A thrilling, haunting, and deeply romantic story."
-Rachel Hore, internationally bestselling author of The Memory Garden

"Whatever time we have," he said, "it will be time enough."

Eva Ward returns to the only place she truly belongs, the old house on the Cornish coast, seeking happiness in memories of childhood summers. There she finds mysterious voices and hidden pathways that sweep her not only into the past, but also into the arms of a man who is not of her time.

But Eva must confront her own ghosts, as well as those of long ago. As she begins to question her place in the present, she comes to realize that she too must decide where she really belongs.

From Susanna Kearsley, author of the New York Times bestseller The Winter Sea and a voice acclaimed by fans of Gabaldon, du Maurier, and Niffenegger alike, The Rose Garden is a haunting exploration of love, family, the true meaning of home, and the ties that bind us together.
[synopsis from *here*

I don't remember WHY I checked this book out, probably because it sounded interesting and I just needed to load up the Kammy the Kindle. I forgot about the synopsis when I began reading it and for the first few chapters I was lost. It took me awhile to get 'into' the book, but once it started the good part I didn't want to put it down. This book kept me up way later than normal for a week, but I was so anxious to find out how the story ended. There were a few "OH EM GOSH NO" moments that just pulled me into the story. If you are okay with 'fantasy' [a la Twilight, Harry Potter, not REAL fantasy] then I highly recommend this book.


Anonymous said...

I've been looking for a new book to start! Thank you

Carolyn said...

I've been really bad about reading lately... I need to jump back on the wagon! :)

Jenn said...

I've had a Paris Wife on my list for a while now. i might have to read it when Im done with my book club book for this month, jsut to see what the hype is about.