Making Amends

Making Amends

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Told from the perspective of three of the main characters, each has a distinctive enough voice that you don’t get confused as to who is speaking.  At times, some of them ramble, but it tends to make it feel as if you are there conversing with the character even if it does seem a bit detracting from the storyline.  Great narration is a definite plus.

Tabby is a former addict and mother of twin boys, one of whom gets snatched away by their father when they are five years old.  Twenty-five years later, she and her best friend/employer Von see him on the news having just been arrested for the murder of his father.  All Tabby wants is to see her little Bobby-doodle again, but is she prepared and can she make amends for being too drunk to properly care for him and prevent his abduction?

The ending might just blow you away.

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The Ugly Duckling

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It’s been a long time since I have heard or read this classic tale.  It was delightful, and Abby Elvidge is a wonderful choice to narrate this story.

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31227076.jpgMy Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry

This is a psychological thriller told from the point of view of two different characters. Sometimes that can be tricky to pull off.  I’m not sure why the author chose to write Lily’s POV in first-person and Carla’s in third.I didn’t get lost switching back and forth between them in this story, but the change in tense was a bit jarring.

The beginning use of perspective from someone who seems to be dying was an interesting way to start the story, but confusing when that POV was scattered among later chapters.

Also, the timing of events/passage of time was somewhat confusing.  It was difficult to keep track of what year they were in.  Perhaps that was an unfortunate shortcoming of the alternating POV’s.  I’m not sure it was best to begin with Ed’s death notice before Part 1 beginning 15 years prior and Part 2 as twelve years later…I guess that section DID cover three years…but there had to have been a skip from 12 years to the end with some time unaccounted for…I can’t even explain this because it didn’t make sense to me.

A little bit of mystery is a good thing, but it can be annoying when a couple of situations were referred to repeatedly with an obvious hint that you don’t know the whole story. Once probably would have been enough for each, although I think the author was hoping she was peeling off the layers like an onion.  It didn’t work for me.  To minimize the risk of spoiling the story, I’ll simply refer to these as the Lily/Daniel connection and the Lily/Joe connection.

Some readers prefer characters they can relate to or “like.”  I don’t find that entirely necessary and actually enjoyed the fact that these characters were flawed.  To me that made them more realistic and well developed.  The setting was adequate and seemed to be somewhat of an afterthought.

There is an accidental foreshadow on page 79 that hopefully gets corrected before the final proof goes out, otherwise there is an entire paragraph that gives away…well if I tell you now I’d spoil that, too.  Let’s call it mistake-in-identity.

Overall, I loved the story, even with it’s flaws.  I would definitely give this author another chance.

I received this book as an Advanced Reader Copy from First To Read in exchange for an honest review.

Days Like These

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Days Like These by Sue Margolis is a delightful piece of realistic fiction.

It might seem strange to describe a book about a widow dealing with the care of her two grandchildren while her daughter and son-in-law take care of disaster victims in Nicaragua as delightful, but the characters are so well-drawn out and the situations she finds herself in are completely relatable.

It’s easy to get caught up in the drama and find yourself at times shaking your head, but mostly rooting for the characters from the sidelines. They are a great group of people in often difficult situations doing the best they can.

I received this book as an Advanced Reader Copy from First To Read.

Frazzled

frazzled.jpgFrazzled:  Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom by Booki Vivat

This novel is chock-full of illustrations and hilarious text aimed at middle-grade readers.

Abbie Wu is in the middle of everything.  She is even the middle child in her family.  Now, she’s about to enter MIDDLE SCHOOL and she’s terrified.

Her older brother Peter is great at everything.  Her baby sister can do no wrong.  Abbie doesn’t feel like there is ANYTHING that makes her special.

Even her friends have their “thing.” When it comes to picking an elective, they know exactly what they want to do.  Nothing seems to click for Abbie, so she gets placed in study hall.

The worst part about middle school seems to be the lunches, and Abbie figures out a way to make it better.  Could it be she has finally found her niche?  Guess you’ll have to read the book to find out!

I received this book for free through a  Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

Listener in the Snow

listenerListener in the Snow by Tim Jollymore

I love checking out  Minnesota authors.  Mr. Jollymore did not let me down.

Telling his story as a conversation with one of the characters put a unique spin on an intriguing tale and the descriptions put you right there in the frozen North.

The Ojibwe lore brings an extra layer of fascination and draws one right into the drama unfolding.

Give this one a read.  You won’t be disappointed.  I know I’m not.

I’ll be checking out more of his books soon.  Stay tuned.