Friday, February 19, 2010

Twenties Girl Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I don't know what exactly it was about this book that I loved...the storyline was a bit hokey to me, but the characters were so interesting that I was sucked in before I knew what was happening. And I got a whole 60 pages in before being hit with the first bit of swearing! Ok, honestly that is the thing that I don't like about Sophie Kinsella, she uses the F word pretty liberally. I wouldn't say this is a life changing book, it is more in the "light, fun read" category. But it was exactly what I was in the mood for!

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

To feel better?...a dose of Jane Austen.

It has been weeks and weeks of fevers, headaches, sore throats, and coughs. As germs come and go and come again, I have been the unlucky recipient of most of these symptoms. And as good and helpful as Jeff is with household chores and caring for kids, I still have found that I, (as one of my facebook friends exclaimed) I NEED A WIFE! ;o)

But last night and today I have been enjoying a special treat, courtesy of the delightful Jane Austen and the BBC--Sense & Sensibility! I recorded this nearly two years ago, and have not had the heart to delete it. I know I could buy it, but can't seem to justify the expense when it is always available to watch right there on my beloved DVR. Today as my Lizzy sleeps and the boys are all away, I am lounging on the couch smiling, laughing, aching and wondering with the Dashwood girls. One of the things that I love about the dear Miss Austen is that her stories all end well. Not everyone always gets what they deserve, but the heroine is guaranteed a happy ending. This version is cast perfectly, remains true to the story, and gives voice to characters that the Emma Thompson version (which is also very good!) left out. I love it, I love it, I love it! Jane Austen, you give me hope, you heal my soul, and fill my day with humor and wit!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was in the "can't put it down to fold the laundry" category...luckily I had a hardback copy and it stayed open while I folded. The story unfolds through a collection of letters, post WWII. Delightful characters and a moving story!

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