Book Club Reviews

Winter Garden- Kristen Hannah

Okay clearly I’m not going to finish Fall of Giants. Ever. I’m sorry. I tried its just not happening. I love the story too I’m not sure what’s going on in my world that I can’t get to the end without reading 100 books in between.

I read Winter Garden in about 2 weeks. Obviously The Nightingale is a top favorite of mine so its no surprise that Kristen Hannah did it again.  Winter Garden is amazing. I seriously couldn’t put it down. I love the sister/family element to it and them getting to know there mother was so powerful and moving.

Once again it ended with me in tears although not nearly as hard as in her other book. Although it was hard enough that Rylan told looked at me while reading it and said “mommy you don’t have to read that”. Thanks sweetie but yes I absolutely do.

Shocking ending that made me cry and smile. Wasn’t at all what I was thinking but was pleasantly surprised by the twist.

Kristen Hannah has truly given me a new appreciation for history and opened up the whole genre of Historical Fiction for me.

Since Christmas I’ve read and listened to quite a few books but this is the first one I had to write about. Currently listening to Sophie Kinsellas “Surprise Me” on audible and am really enjoying it. Also just started reading a book from Reese Witherspoons Instagram book club “The Light We Lost” by Jill Santopolo. High hopes since it was on her list.

Fall of Giants

12/22/2017-  update. I have not finished this book! I’m not going to lie I don’t plan on it!     I tried. I like it but I’m not invested enough to keep going and life is too short to “power through” a book.

11/20/2017 Okay okay I’m still reading this one! Not going to lie I’ve been spending a lot of time crocheting and listening to podcast so its taking me a little longer than it should to get through this one. I do like it! Really enjoying it just finding the time.

I promise I will finish it before thanksgiving!

The Hypnotist Love Story by Liane Moriarty

Okay I listened to this on an audio book. I’m a total sucker for any accent. That’s the ONLY thing missing from my husband. Its such a shame.

Anyway this book was good. I wouldn’t give it my full stamp of approval but that’s only because of the ending.

It was a great listen and I found myself feeling sorry for and even liking the stalker. Then she was just annoying.

I kept waiting for they hypnotist to do something crazy and take action. I wanted her to legit hypnotize her! It never happened.

I was happy and disappointed with the ending. I know that sounds impossible but leave it to me! I was happy because I feel like everything was wrapped up nicely and I was happy for everyone. I was disappointed because I wanted something more to happen. There was the dramatic scene when she broke in the house but for some reason it wasn’t enough for me.

I was also frustrated the whole book with Patrick. Really you just look like a sissy more than anything by not doing something. I also had a bad feeling about him from the start. I was wrong but still that feeling that something wasn’t right never left.

Overall its a super good easy beach read but I’m not putting my stamp of approval on it.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Holy shit.

I don’t even know where to start other than it’s going to take a long time to recover from this book.

I do not read books on war. I’m not a history buff. I’m fairly certain I am not “smarter than a 5th grader” in the history category. Other categories are up for debate but not the point.

That being said this story about two women and their amazing strength during WWII should be a must read for every girl in high school or college.

From the first sentence I was hooked!  That sounds dramatic but there’s something about this book and author that hooks you and makes you feel like you are really there living through this with the characters. Something I hope to be able to do one day.

Literally haven’t been this emotionally attached to a book since Harry Potter! Yup that’s how good it is!

I loved Isabelle’s strength and determination. I love that she didn’t let everyone pushing her away stray her from going after something she wanted and truly believed in. I hope that there’s a little of that in my daughter. Maybe not as much as Isabelle cause she can be dangerous but overall she had amazing qualities that are to be praised and admired.

Vianne is the definition of a strong and loving mother who would do anything for her children. I love that she even surprises herself with her strength. You never know what lengths and what risks you are willing to take for those you love until you are put in that situation.

The things that these women went through and maintained hope through is inspirational and astounding. I would have given up 1/4 of the way through the book. I mean I hope not but its a likely scenario that I would have been shot very early on!

This book has truly changed the way I look at life and even the way I look at the world we live in right now. I can’t say if its changed for the better or not but its for sure opened my eyes and given me so much to think about.

I’m extremely grateful for my family and the world we are living in today. Yes the world is crazy right now and falling apart at the seams. But I’m blessed beyond measure to be living in a small po-dunk town in the mountains of California where we feel safe.

Totally 150% this book gets my stamp of approval. Actually I insist that you read it immediately. It will change your life.