Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The most ridiculous part for me is where Lydia runs away with the soldier. They must marry to prevent the family from shame. Really? Nowadays, you may not be so happy about your child running off with a soldier, but that is more out of concern for said child than your social appearance. It was difficult for me to relate to the scandal.
I also skimmed much of the dialogue. I found it excessively wordy. For this reason, I probably will not be reading any more of Austen's books.
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Posted by VanillaCarmel at 12:27 PM
I always read the reviews on Amazon, and many readers thought it was too predictable. I didn't really. At first I thought the plot would be something from an ABC Family movie, but there were a few things I did not see coming. Intricate plots are not what I like about this reader anyway. It's the characters. I know all of them in real life....the lazy coworker, the pain-in-the-ass sister (although Mindy was an unusuallly awful sister!), the long-time friend who now has a baby and has no time for you. I loved the neighbors, too. The lead character, Lola, was quick to judge them, but they have interesting pasts and are not whAT SHE first sees. I loved the storyline of the late Great Aunt, how Lola barely knew her or her history yet she inherited a house from her. She learns a bit about this Aunt, and herself, by reading diaries she left behind.
Even a thin plot can be interesting if the characters are this real and identifiable. I enjoyed this book immensly, especially compared to the rough, dark troubled life of Katniss Everdeen. McQuestion has one more book that I can read, perhaps this summer when I am on the beach!
Posted by VanillaCarmel at 12:20 PM
I suggested that my oldest daughter read this, and she enjoyed it so much, she bought the whole Lord of the Rings trilogy for us to read.
Posted by VanillaCarmel at 12:08 PM