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Book Review: Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole

     Ballantine Books  Published July 9, 2013           304 Pages
Ballantine Books
Published July 9, 2013
304 Pages

Love.Love LOVE!

 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.

 

Love, Pickles

 

Book Review: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

     Simon & Schuster   Published Jan. 1, 2013            340 Pages
Simon & Schuster
Published Jan. 1, 2013
340 Pages

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 :)

Book Review: A Love Noire by Erica Simone Turnipseed

           Amistad   Published June 29, 2004            320 Pages
Amistad
Published June 29, 2004
320 Pages

Norie is a “righteous” African American PHD student that is all about black pride and sticking it to the man. Attending a book signing, Norie meets Innocent a VP Banker from Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, and although Innocent is attracted to her Norie is on the fence because she considers him “Bourgie.”

Taking a chance Norie begins to date Innocent and they both begin to realize that unexpected love is the most complicated of them all.

Not even three chapters in and I knew I didn’t like the book. There is nothing wrong with an African American female or male being considered “righteous” however, that point does not need to be made every other line in the first six chapters.

Norie was trying so hard not to like African Americans with money and I didn’t understand why. Let’s make this clear I’m African American and I know why but the reader does not know where it is coming from until well after Norie and Innocent begin dating. What’s the back story? Why was she so mad at those with money?

The author tried to make it seem that African Americans with money feel some type of way with afro wearing African American females that have an outspoken opinion and that Innocent was the different one from the brunch. Now there is not an issue with the rich not liking the poor or middle class or vice versa. My issue is there is no need to constantly remind the readers that this book is about African American lovers. I know she is an African American woman and I know he is an African male; it’s in the summary. I felt it was immature as a writer to not be creative enough to describe what Norie and Innocent looked like without bluntly saying it.

I also really didn’t like the language Turnipseed used when Innocent was talking to his friend. What type of bank VP is cursing like he is a frat boy and not a grown man? Also why is there so much cursing period? It was as if African Americans do not know how to speak without adding a curse word.

The book was poorly written and the ending was sloppy and really forgettable. How is it that after a year of dating Innocent believes the relationship is too intense for him? WHO SAYS THAT!? You wouldn’t have made it a year if that was the case.

Overall the book gets 4 out of 10. The book felt forced, and  unrealistic. I really do not understand what Turnipseed was trying to prove with this book but it didn’t work.