Li Lan, daughter of a genteel who went bankrupt, lives in the Chinese colonies ruled by the British. Although most of the Chinese have given up ancient customs there are a few that still practice. For instance, the wealthy and powerful Lim family, whom have taken an interest in Li Lan and has requested she become the ghost bride for their dead son.
Li Lan is completely against this. Although she would taken care of for the rest of her life, being the bride of a ghost is complicated. When he husband to be begins haunting her and when Li Lan begins to take interest in her fiancé’s cousin, Li Lan begins to question why the Lam family wants her to be a ghost bride after all.
This was neither a good or bad read. It was interesting.
Firstly, I was surprised at the lack of details and richness in the book. It was as if the world was modern; which was weird considering the story takes place on 1893 Malaysia. I didn’t feel inspired to know more about the culture. I didn’t see colors in my head throughout the entire book. All I saw was dull black and white.
This made the book boring. There was a lack of excitement; thrill and to be honest love. It is considered a romance but there was no romantic vibe towards it. Not even when the random romance came out of no where. Which really bothered me because for most of the book Li Lan wanted the cousin. Towards the end I though Li Lan was very selfish. There was also no depth about her character. She was plain, fickle, a bit two faced and way too gullible. I was disappointed in her from beginning to end.
The book was slow. For a woman who has the freedom to move about (her father allows her to) there wasn’t much action in finding out the secrets of her fiancé or his family. There wasn’t even a whole lot of suspense either. When things did begin to pick up it was over complicated and all I could do was stare at the wall. Sometimes simple is best and considering that the author decided to write about a ancient tradition with romance and mystery adding characters after characters on top of a fickle, boring woman is just wrong.
I really wanted to like this book. I mean look at that cover its beautiful! The author had a good idea but it wasn’t executed correctly. Overall, the book gets 6 out of 10.
In 1912, 24 year old Elspeth Dunn is a published poet who has never left her home located on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. One day she receives a fan letter from David Graham, a student that lives in America. From this moment on Elspeth and David begin a friendship and soon love through these letters.
Fast forward to 1940; WW II has begun and Elspeth daughter, Margaret has fallen for a pilot. Her mother doesn’t agree with it but doesn’t stop her daughter either. When a bomb goes off near Elspeth’s house letter from the past reappear and shortly after Elspeth leaves.
Margaret has only one letter, a clue to find out what happened to her mother.
This book was so cute and romantic and perfect I cannot stand it. It is written in letter form. Some letters are longer than others and others are just lines or telegraphs. To be honest this didn’t add or take away from the story. Every letter was detailed and held the same conversation tone as a “traditional” novel.
David and Elspeth had no intentions of being anything more than a fan and an author. However, Elspeth was interested in David and his life because it was nothing she has ever experienced. David enjoyed speaking to her because they shared a love a literature.
I thought their relationship was pure love and it was beautiful.
Regarding Margaret and her relationship there are letters exchanged between her and her love but it mostly centers around her mother and her family. I though the characters each of them played a good part; they weren’t annoying or even misused. Again for a lack of a better term perfect.
Overall this book gets 10 out of 10. I thought it was a great love story. If you are looking for the harlequin type love story this is not the book for you.
How adorable is this!
Don Tillman is a professor of genetics that has a schedule for everything; when to eat, go to the gym, what he is having for dinner each week and how long it takes for him to finish a conversation.
Tillman is looking for love but has a hard time dating and going through the social motions. So with his only two friends he creates “The Wife Project” a questionnaire and dating process in order to find his perfect wife. That includes no drinking (not including wine), smoking, cursing or someone who tends to be late. But here comes Rosie and she is everything is not looking for. Completely ignoring his quest for a wife, Rosie seeks Tillman’s help to find her real father.
Neither Tillman or Rosie fell they are a match for each other but enough time together proves other wise. I thought this was book was cute and funny. Tillman is so set on how things need to be that it is amazing to see his change, once he and Rosie get closer. I really loved his character. He was funny without being funny and he was so genuine and loveable that I just couldn’t get enough of him.
Rosie was Rosie; she played her part very well. She’s a grown woman and although at one point she didn’t really know what she wanted (what PERSON does) she wasn’t annoying about it. I couldn’t complain about her she fit well with the story. My only issue with this book is it feels a bit forced especially towards the middle. I loved the idea a woman looking for her father while a man is looking for a wife; I think it is an original idea. However, I felt that the author was reaching a bit too hard.
Overall I give this book 9 out of 10. Very cute chick lit. Don’t forget to like & share :)