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Book Review: Just One Thing by Holly Jacobs

Just One Thing
By Holly Jacobs
Released 6/10/14
Borrowed free through Amazon

Rating: 4 bones

Finish Time: A few nights.  Honestly, I finished this book a few weeks ago, and have finished 3 since, so this will be a short review.   We’ve been busy with moving and while I’m constantly reading, it’s been hard to sit down and write.  But I’m going to try today to knock out a few and play catch up – so here goes!

This was a sweet story.  Like many of the books I read – a solid 3-4 bones.  Nothing that stood out as “you have to read this book” but one that made me smile and had a little different twist on it.  Lexie McCain lives alone.  Her kids are grown, her marriage is over, and she is in a period of self-discovery.  Quite the introvert, she spends most of her time at home, except Mondays.  Mondays, Lexie walks down the Corner Bar.  She has one beer and comes home.  Over time, the bartender and owner, Sam Corner, begin short conversations that become known as “One Thing.”  It’s a question Sam poses to Lexie each week.  She started out small but each week gets bolder and takes time to come up with her one thing.

Eventually the game goes two ways and Sam starts revealing more about himself and how he got to where he is.  It’s just sweet and cute and yes, a bit predictable.  But it’s fun to learn more about Sam and Lexie through flashbacks, leading up to each of their Monday nights, and then their relationship as it grows.

A true story of rediscovering who you are later in life.   Great characters and really great build-up to a fun ending where Lexie kind of has a “big reveal!”  A good book, not to heavy, but still substantial to help me through my move – I think you’ll like it too!

Description from Amazon:

“Sometimes, you find yourself inadvertently in the dark. But I’d discovered that if you stopped fighting against it and just stood still, sometimes something marvelous comes along.”

Artist Lexie McCain spends her days literally weaving the story of her life into a gorgeous tapestry. But on Monday nights, she walks to the Corner Bar, drinks a Killian’s, and answers the same question every week from Sam the bartender: “One thing?” She starts with her name, then her cottage, slowly moving on to the devastating tragedies that tore her life apart.

Sam Corner’s smile doesn’t seem to hide any pain. One night, Lexie turns the tables on him, asking Sam, “One thing?” To her surprise, Sam reveals his own tragic history. Together, Lexie and Sam learn that, with good beer and a trusted friend, sharing just “one thing” might lead to the one thing they both thought was lost forever: love.

From award-winning author Holly Jacobs comes the story of heartache, hope, and the power of sharing just one thing.

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Because I knew you – I have been changed FOR GOOD!

I’ve heard it said,
That people come into our lives
For a reason
Bringing something we must learn.
And we are lead to those
Who help us most to grow if we let them.
And we help them in return.
Well, I don’t know if I believe that’s true
But I know I’m who I am today
Because I knew you.

Wow, I cannot believe I have to write this.  My heart is so heavy, which may be why much of it will be staying in GA as we head up to OH.  To all of our friends, family, neighbors, to all of those who have been in our lives the last 11 years for me, 18 for Steven, 4.5 for Molly, and 2.5 for Cooper, we will miss you.  You have all taught us, comforted us, loved us, prayed for us, prayed with us, grown with us, celebrated with us, grieved with us, helped us, been with us through good and bad, ups and downs, and because of that, we are all who we are today.

It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime.
So, let me say before we part:
So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you.
You’ll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart.
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you’ll have rewritten mine
By being my friend.

This song brought me goose bumps when it was just a song in a musical (albeit the best musical ever – Wicked), now I could not think of a better way to express my feelings on physically leaving all of you.  And you all know by now I like to express myself in song, so this is my chosen Swan Song (Sing Off anyone?)

In Wicked, Glinda, the good witch, sings this song with Elphaba, the “wicked” witch, when their lives take different directions and they must part ways.  They started as enemies but developed an unusual friendship which each of them came to cherish.  Their paths may never cross again, but because of knowing each other, they were changed for good.

I think I will keep it short, because this song really says it all (and I could probably ramble on for quite sometime), take a listen below.  Each one of you has left a hand-print on my heart, and in a great book metaphor from this song, has been rewritten my story by you being my friend.  This also is true of all the other chapters in our lives, God places people in our lives at very specific times for a reason, and this song speaks to that truth.  I hope it is not the case, but we may not meet again, as everyone moves on, but I am still so thankful I knew you, even if only for this chapter.

“Whatever way our stories end, I know you’ll have rewritten mine by being my friend”

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, we love you, we will miss you, and we have been changed for the better because you were in our lives.  Keep in touch, come visit, and we will be back.

“Because I knew you, I have been changed for good”


*Not the full song from Wicked (find that here) but the best video I could find to embed.  Or here are the lyrics.

And a post from me would not be complete without a few bible verses.  Here are a few on friendship and the companionship of others that I’ve been meditating on this week:

Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom for the future.
Proverbs 19:20 

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
Proverbs 27:17

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Two are better than one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor.
For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.
But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Amen – thanks for reading.  Stay tuned for much more from OH, love you all!

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Book Review: City of Jasmine by Deanna Raybourn

City of Jasmine (click book or see below for description)
By Deanna Raybourn
Releases 3/1/14
Free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 3 bones

Finish Time: 4-5 nights.  I’m continuing my streak of just okay books.  This one I really wanted to like but it just didn’t call to me each night as I picked it up.  I stayed with it and it was interesting, and I can’t really figure out what it was about it that I can’t rave about.  For me, I found it a bit confusing to keep track of the characters, who was in alliance with who, what happened when, and where they were.  The alliance part was not bad as that made for twists and turns, but I felt lost many times during the book.

You can read the description below and I think see why I chose to preview this book.  First of all historical fictions are my favorite.  Intrigue and danger also rope me in, and I always love a good love story.  Evie, who we begin to know as a widow aviatrix, is the main character.  She is smart, spunky, unpredictable, and I did enjoy getting inside her head.  She was very tactical in her decisions and how cool would it to be an aviatrix!  I almost wish there was more on that part of her life.

There was definitely a lot of action, at some points I even felt exhausted for them.  And as mentioned before alliances shifted, or rather were figured out or uncovered.  The “relic” in question was hard to keep track of, but fun to follow.  I am thankful for modern technology and never want to be stuck in a desert in my life!  And the love story was frustrating, but probably my favorite part.

Good ending, and not too long of a read.  Not my strongest review as I can’t put my finger on what it was I didn’t like, maybe it was just too much of all of it.  Don’t not (yes double negative) read it because of this, as I would love to hear your thoughts!

Description from Amazon:

Set against the lush, exotic European colonial outposts of the 1920s, New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn delivers the captivating tale of one woman who embarks upon a journey to see the world—and ends up finding intrigue, danger and a love beyond all reason. 

Famed aviatrix Evangeline Starke never expected to see her husband, adventurer Gabriel Starke, ever again. They had been a golden couple, enjoying a whirlwind courtship amid the backdrop of a glittering social set in prewar London until his sudden death with the sinking of the Lusitania. Five years later, beginning to embrace life again, Evie embarks upon a flight around the world, collecting fame and admirers along the way. In the midst of her triumphant tour, she is shocked to receive a mysterious—and recent—photograph of Gabriel, which brings her ambitious stunt to a screeching halt. 

With her eccentric aunt Dove in tow, Evie tracks the source of the photo to the ancient City of Jasmine, Damascus. There she discovers that nothing is as it seems. Danger lurks at every turn, and at stake is a priceless relic, an artifact once lost to time and so valuable that criminals will stop at nothing to acquire it—even murder. Leaving the jewelled city behind, Evie sets off across the punishing sands of the desert to unearth the truth of Gabriel’s disappearance and retrieve a relic straight from the pages of history. 

Along the way, Evie must come to terms with the deception that parted her from Gabriel and the passion that will change her destiny forever….

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Book Review: I Always Loved You: A Novel by Robin Oliveira

I Always Loved You: A Novel (click book for description and product page)
By Robin Oliveira
Publication Date: 02/04/14
Provided free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

My Rating:  4 bones

Finish time: 9 nights.  After my last book (here), I was hoping for a bit of an easier read, but somehow I ended up on this one that took me almost as long.  And centered around art again too.  Hmmm.  Not a bad thing, just kind of funny.  I had a love, hate relationship with this book, but after thinking about it the last day, I did like it, and it’s prompted me to want to learn more on a topic 10 days ago I had no interest in.  So I’d take that as a sign of a good book (see the bottom for some of my “research.”

Having no background in art history, I could recognize some of the names, but I had no idea much more about them.  And this is a random comparison, but what kept popping into my head after I finished on how to describe this book is: Real World: Paris, 19th Century  Or the Impressionists.  And the people all happened to be artists.  Renoir, Manet, Monet, Cassatt, Degas, Morisot, Pissaro (and many more).  Some names familiar to me, others not, but in my brief Wikipedia research, they all were real (and quite the motley crew), as were the other characters in the book.  I guess it was also a “before they were famous” story too.  A bunch of starving artists spending their days dreaming, painting, partying, trying to make a buck, and preparing for the next exhibition.

The main character in the book was Mary Cassatt, an American painter, invited to join the group, and her struggle to fit in among the Paris natives, and make a name for herself in the Paris art scene.  Her relationship throughout the book with Degas is a fun, yet very frustrating one.  Her family comes to join her in Paris too and even in the 1800’s, her struggles with them were so easy to relate to.  I especially enjoyed her relationship with her sister Lydia (again who I confirmed was real – see her portrait by Mary below.)

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Fun facts were thrown in all over the place, like her friend Abigail Alcott, whose more famous sister is Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women.  At some points, I felt a map of Paris would have been helpful as they discussed a lot of landmarks, not a bad thing, and not that I know Paris, but would have been fun to see in the book.  But overall the book was just packed with great stories, complex and compelling relationships, and a ton of history.

As you can guess from the title, a love story too, but what’s fun is that it actually could be a few love stories.  A lot of plot lines are intertwined, and I was confused at some points, but as I said when I started, the more I thought about it, the more I liked it.  Look out for it in just a few weeks.  This is the perfect historical fiction.

And here is the result of some of my research and some notable art mentioned throughout the book.  All taken from Wikipedia.

Degas Little Dancer (a sculpture discussed a lot in the book):

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Mary Cassatt’s & Edgar Degas’ Self Portraits:

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Berthe Morisot as painted by Edouard Manet (2 other fascinating characters in the book):

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And then a lot was centered around the ballet.  Degas painted the dancers, while Cassatt painted the crowd.File:Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas 004.jpg

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Seasons of Love: Happy New Year!

Happy New Year’s Eve!  As I was thinking about ending the year, one of my all time favorite songs came to mind and as I reflected on it, decided it was the perfect way to end this year.  The song is “Seasons of Love” from Rent.  (Below is a picture from the musical – I love how they stripped it down and just sang in spotlights – gives me chills!)

Rent is also one of my favorite Broadway plays, I think I’ve seen it 3-4 times.  The subject matter may not quite be happy and God may not be mentioned amid the sex, drugs, paying bills, AIDS, death, but He is there.  And in the song “Seasons of Love” is it quite clear that love conquers all, it never fails, and in the end is what matters, sound familiar, who told us that?

“Love Never Fails”
1 Corinthians 13:8

In efforts to keep this short, I’ll just say I’m thankful for this year, all 525,600 minutes of it.  For the ups, the downs, the laughter, the strife.  The opportunity to find an online voice and explore a new interest and share a glimpse of God’s love to you.  I’m thankful for the LOVE in my life, first and foremost my Savior, then my husband, kids, family, friends, neighbors, and ofcourse puppies.  Each and every event and person has helped shape who I am and who I hope to be as I strive to live with more purpose glorifying and praising the One who provided it all.

So thank you to everyone for your love and support – Happy New Year – may 2014 be filled with purpose driven by the One who first LOVED us.  And take time to enjoy your seasons of love.  Take a listen below and meditate on this great song.  Amen and God Bless!

Seasons of Love
Jonathan Larson

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure, measure a year?

In daylights, in sunsets
In midnights, in cups of coffee
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife
In five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure, measure a year in the life?

How about love?
How about love?
How about love?
Measure in love

Seasons of love
Seasons of love

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
Five hundred twenty-five thousand journeys to plan
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure the life of a woman or a man?

In truths that she learned
Or in times that he cried
In bridges he burned
Or the way that she died

It’s time now, to sing out
Though the story never ends
Let’s celebrate
Remember a year in the life of friends

Remember the love
(Oh, you got to, you got to remember the love)
Remember the love
(You know that love is a gift from up above)
Remember the love
(Share love, give love, spread love)
Measure in love
(Measure, measure your life in love)

Seasons of love
Seasons of love
(Measure your life, measure your life in love)

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Merry Christmas! (Conclusion of Advent Series)

How could I forget about the Christ candle?  The 5th candle in the center of the Advent wreath, which we light on Christmas Eve.  We’ve made it to the long-awaited day, the day the Christ was born.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Luke 2:9-14

I cannot think of a more beautiful song to leave you with to conclude this season.  “O Holy Night”  Although my husband claims each and every year that Eric Cartman (from South Park) ruined this song for him (sorry if I just did the same for you – you can view it here, although I highly advice against it!), it is still one of the most beautiful and most meaningful songs of the Christmas season for me.

Please enjoy this version and carry with you this knowledge each and every day of the coming year.  On this Holy night, many years ago, a baby was born who changed it all.  Amen and Merry Christmas!

O Holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
‘Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
Fall on your knees

O hear the angel voices
O night divine!
O night when Christ was born
O night divine!
O night, O night divine!

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains He shall break, for the slave is our brother.

And in His name, all oppression shall cease

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we
Let all within us praise His holy name
Christ is the Lord!
Their name forever praise we

Noel, Noel
O night, O night divine
Noel, Noel
O night, O night divine
Noel, Noel
O night, O holy night

See the first 4 weeks of Advent here:  (Thanks for keeping up for my very first blog series!)
HOPE
PEACE
JOY
LOVE
And one last favorite Christmas song!

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Love this Christmas (Advent Series Part IV)

There are three things that remain—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13

Love.  So much to say, but I’ll keep this short today.  All we need is love, according to the Beatles.  And there is truth in that, God says it himself, it’s the greatest!  It’s mentioned anywhere from 500-700 times in the Bible.  So I’d say it’s pretty important.  It’s what we all seek, it’s what we all want to give, without it, life just wouldn’t be worth living.  And God showed us the greatest LOVE at Christmas, and it is the candle we light today for the 4th Sunday of Advent.

I picked a sort of unlikely song to represent LOVE, but I keep coming back to it, “Little Drummer Boy.”  The lines that get me are “I have no gifts to bring.” and “I’ll play my best for him.” So this little boy plays his drum and he plays his heart out, for the KING!  And then the song concludes with “Then he smiled at me…”  Those lines sum up so much.  Especially this time of year when everything is about presents and stuff,  all God really wants from us is our LOVE, to give the best with what we have, even if it is just a drum.  The little drummer boy simply had just that and was asked to play for our new Lord, so he did, and did it proudly.  AND it made the Lord smile.  Isn’t that all that should matter?  And isn’t that love at its core?

May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.
Number 6:25 (NLT)

To me that struck a chord this Christmas.  I’ve mentioned in my other posts, and I’m just as guilty, but it is so easy to get lost in the shopping, presents, baking, parties, whatever it is, and forget about why we are celebrating.  We are celebrating simply because God loved us, the world, so much to send us the best gift of all, His son (sounds familiar – John 3:16?).  So love him back with everything you have.  Love your family, friends, neighbors, everyone as God loves us.  Love truly is a gift, so embrace it, share it, and thank God for it!  Amen.

Enjoy a fun, A Capella version of this beautiful song here:  (by Pentatonix)

See my first 3 messages and songs here:
HOPE
PEACE
JOY
And one bonus one and a last one coming for Christmas!

And once again, a few pictures of LOVE in my world: (Although to be honest, every picture I take of my family is LOVE to me, so it was hard to just pick a few – good problem to have!)

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Joy for Christmas (Advent Series Part III)

Joy: a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.  Who wouldn’t want that?  Joy is another amazing gift and one that I’d have to say makes everything else worth it.  Don’t you live for those moments of pure joy, for me it’s through my children.  And as they get older, the JOY in Christmas is even clearer.  (Stay tuned for my post about meeting Santa!)  And here is my LL when I told her to show me joy this morning:

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Then the angel said to them,
“Do not be afraid, for behold,
I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.
Luke 2:10

Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
Habakkuk 3:18

Joy is mentioned so much in the Bible, it’s hard to narrow it down, so I picked a common Christmas verse and another great one from Habakkuk.  I try not to do “too much” research when composing my posts, I don’t want to ever be guilty of stealing anyone else’s thoughts and ideas.  I try to pour out my raw emotion as I pray over and think over each topic, song, or verse I choose to include.  But I came across this article that includes tons of scripture and thoughts on JOY.  The author hits the nail on the head when he mentions that true joy cannot be fabricated and can only come when we feel secure, have direction in our life, are honest with God and ourselves, and live each moment in God’s presence.

I know I try to thank God and praise him even more in times of JOY.  Don’t get me wrong, I praise Him through my storms too, but it’s hard when you’re in them.  But the joy that will come will be amazing.  Time and time again, God comes through.  And it’s in those moments of JOY that I feel free, I know my God came through and I feel His presence and loving arms around me and I want to shout it to the world.  My goal will be to keep that joy in my heart always.  If not the JOY, but maybe the HOPE for it, or the PEACE that may precede or follow it.  Three beautiful gifts (and spoiler alert – the best one comes next week!)

It was hard for me to pick a song this week as so many songs exemplify JOY to me.  I did go with the most obvious, Joy to the World.  I’m sure it’s becoming overplayed, but not to me.  Chris Tomlin has a way with songs, that I can just never tire of.  He took this song, in a similar way that he took Amazing Grace (My Chains Have Gone), and added the catchy “Joy – Unspeakable Joy”, that has me singing as loud as I can when I hear it!  (A close second and one for you to check out as well is “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman” by Barenaked Ladies – LOVE this version!)

Enjoy this song.  Sing it out, LOUD, to our GOD, who wants us to experience JOY, during the Advent season and throughout the year.  It will have to be earned, much like peace, but it will be so good.  Amen!

Joy to the World (Unspeakable Joy)
Chris Tomlin

And like last week – here are a few glimpses of JOY in my world:

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See first posts in this series here:  (and stay tuned for LOVE next week!)
Part I – HOPE
Part II – PEACE

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Thankful.

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Happy Thanksgiving!  So many things to be thankful for today and always.  I will keep this short and to the point.  We can celebrate today because we have a God who loves us, cares for us, and wants us to live in HIS glory…FOREVER.

So today I bring out another favorite from Chris Tomlin.  Taken straight from Psalm 106 (read full text here.)

Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, 
for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
Psalm 106:1

So today I am thankful for God’s love and that personification of love in my life.  Through my husband, kids, dogs, family, friends, and neighbors.  I am thankful for all of you!  God is good and today we get to celebrate that.  May you have a blessed Thanksgiving.  Amen!

This video is especially beautiful as it includes many verses about praising God and celebrating His love.  Enjoy!

And I’ll leave you with the end of Psalm 106 – it ends just as beautifully as it begins:

1-IMG_0731Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting!
And let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the Lord!
Psalm 106:48

 

1-IMG_0680And ofcourse I can’t end without a sneak peak at my little Indian from her Thanksgiving feast at school!

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Book Review: Tuscan Rose by Belinda Alexandra


Tuscan Rose
By Belinda Alexandra
Releases 11/19/13
Book was provided free by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Finish Time: 8 Nights.  Wow.  This books packs A LOT into it and was definitely not what I expected.  My expectation was a nice historical romance (from the nice pretty cover), maybe a little mystery or suspense, but definitely not what I read.  A bit disturbing, very intriguing, not a dull moment, this book was action packed from the moment I picked it up.  Many of the last few nights were spent up late rapidly turning the pages of this book.

I’ll starting by saying this book was “not my favorite” (that is how we explain things to our kids!).  There was much about this book I liked, but some that was just not my taste.  Not a bad thing and the things that didn’t fit my preference may fit yours.  If you’ve read my reviews for a while, I do have genres I like but I’ve definitely been pushing myself to get out of my comfort zone and this book (unbeknownst to me) was one of those.  While it is very well written, the subject matter – Italy in the early 1900’s under Mussolini’s Fascist leadership – is a dark, dreary, awful time of history, and makes for a very depressing read.  There were parts I enjoyed, but the last few nights I was desperate for this book to be over, hoping the graphic imagery did not enter my dreams.

I enjoyed Rosa as a main character.  Her transformation throughout the book was amazing and her struggles hurt my heart.  No one should have to endure as much as she did.  She never had a “woe-is-me” attitude, thought through every action, learned from the past, all while having a huge heart.  Her compassion and love for animals hit home with me and I enjoyed that theme coming back often through several animals throughout the book.  The people she met all left an impression on her heart and I did enjoy many characters from her past popping up throughout the book, sometimes when you least expected it.

I enjoyed the mystery woven in as throughout the book, Rosa collected pieces of information about her history (the book begins with her being dropped off as an infant at a convent).  Bits and pieces were spread out throughout the book and it really had you (and Rosa) guessing until the very end.

Words that do not describe this book are: happy, predictable, or settling.  (You can figure out the opposite of those!)  Non-stop action, no idea what would happen next, so many twist and turns, all until the very end.  I do think it was a good book, it challenged me, had me thinking what I would do (but thanking God I have never been in any of those situations), and hanging on til the very end to see what happened.  It was just such a heart-wrenching period of history and the author did not spare the readers of any details.  Not a terrible thing at all, just maybe a book to read more during the day (versus right before bed.)

I’ve mentioned before, and I will say it again, as it is true with this book.  I love when an author writes a note to their readers at the end.  Especially with historical books (as I’m definitely not a history buff), it helps me decipher what really happened versus what was made up.  In this case, I really enjoyed learning that one of the animal characters was actual a real dog!  His name was Fido, meaning “faithful” in Latin, and he waiting everyday at a bus stop for his owner.  His owner tragically passed away as a result of WW2, yet Fido kept coming back and waiting, which grabbed the attention of the town.  A story that has me in tears now reading more about it, but both heart warming and breaking as the love of animals is an unconditional one, which is also a passion of the author’s (which makes me like her so much more!)  Read more about Fido’s story HERE.  And see his monument at the end!

I could go on, but we’ll leave it at that.  This book is well written, has great characters, mystery, suspense, romance, passion, war, really something to please everyone.  My one complaint is just the amount of detail around some very graphic, gruesome, disturbing happenings.  Maybe it adds to the emotion around the book and paints a true scene, but all I can say is it’s not for me and I think next will be something a little lighter?  Who knows though – the great thing about books is that they can surprise you!

fidoMonument to Fido – Click on the picture for an awesome article about a TON of dog monuments.  Dogs are just so amazing!

 

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