Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Told in tandem with the story of Werner, a German orphan who is trying to survive with his sister. Discovering a love of fixing radios, this leads him to a life he never imagined in the dark evenings listening to distant voices.
For me, the story didn't quite gel, I just didn't feel the magic, and I kept waiting for it to happen, for it to show itself, which was a shame as it was so close to being a magical story. I like a book that where I can't help picturing the characters and imagine their setting, yet with all the descriptions for me the visuals didn't come. 3/5
Monday, June 23, 2014
It certainly made us smile, but we wonder what other people will think from outside our little city. 3/5
Saturday, June 07, 2014
So we get to follow her on her journey as she tries to make it in the beauty business, where she meets a bunch of uptight men, determined to get in her way. You can't help but feel empowered by her fast track up the career ladder and success at flipping houses, I wish I had made that much cash in my twenties!!
So a 4/5 for this book, it would make a great holiday read!
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
It is amazing what she achieves, especially in a society that is wary of foreigners and interference, that she is able to set up playrooms, provide toys and set up training for caregivers. We all have seen programmes on the way some orphans have been treated around the world especially in the 80s and 90s, strapped to chairs or cots, some not moving, and having little social interaction or any type of love or affection shown to them. What a difference some love and kindness make. You have to applaud the author for stepping up and being the change. Bravo!!!
These are people we should be celebrating and talking about their stories, instead of newspapers and magazines filled with celebrities. 3/5
Monday, June 02, 2014
Rachel has a good life, wife and mother to young Ellie, everything changes when a fatal heart arrhythmia takes her away from her family in her thirties. Now only able to observe her loved ones from a distance, we watch as Max and Ellie first grieve for her and then begin to move on with their new lives. These changes also help Rachel to cope, knowing that they will be ok and that she doesn't need to keep watch over them.
An interesting concept, and because they were all very likeable characters and the grieving was handled well it made it very readable as opposed to being a bit too chick lit cheesy. 4/5