Alice Hoffman is one of my favorite authors and I have read a lot of her work. My favorites include The Museum of Extraordinary Things and The Dovekeepers. Skylight Confessions, one of her older books published in 2007 was very good, but not my favorite of her work. Here is my book review Skylight Confessions by Alice Hoffman.
Like all of Hoffman’s vast collection of novels, there is a mystical element to Skylight Confessions. But Hoffman’s gift is to seamlessly weave the magic and paranormal into a realistic plot with normal characters. In Skylilght Confessions opposites attract early on in the book when John and Arlyn have a powerful magnetism that results in a lifetime of regret. A loveless marriage filled with infidelity will result in two children, the first named Sam finds life and acceptance difficult from the start.
Death visits the family when Arlyn dies and leaves a devastated John who turns to the neighbor for physical love. Arlyn’s death also crushes George, her one true love. But most of all it changes young Sam’s entire world and he will never be the same.
Meridith joins the family as a nanny, but Meridith’s presence is only as a result of her ability to see Arlyn’s ghost. Arlyn is unable to cross over and haunts the families mansion and her husband John. The weight of this paranormal presence will create chaos and unhappiness through the decades, fracture the family even further and cause Sam and his sister Blanca to hate their father and stay as far away as possible.
Book Review Skylight Confessions by Alice Hoffman
This is a sad story of how love, mistakes, dishonesty and grief disintegrate lives and a family…but the ending will give you hope for healing.
***Three stars for Skylight Confessions by Alice Hoffman.
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I’m a big fan of the work of Alice Hoffman, especially The Dovekeepers and more recently I read The Museum of Extraordinary Things. I love her writing style, magical but not over the top, and this week I share a book review The Probable Future: A Novel by Alice Hoffman.
Meet the Sparrow women. A family with magical gifts. Each women realizes her gift on her 13th birthday. An intriguing cast of characters pulls you into the story…both historical and present day…a haunting past and a violent present. Where does it lead?
Meet Stella, turning 13, and discovering a power that is a window on the future, and not a pleasant one. Always at odds with her mother Jenny – Jenny can read people’s dreams. Jenny does not speak to her own mother Elinor. Elinor can tell when people are liars.
Speaking of liars, Stella’s father is a chronic liar, causing heartache, divorce and most recently, being accused of a murder. Untrustworthy, his life begins to unravel as all the Sparrow women try to find their way in a family of secrets and mystery, intrigue and supernatural history in the town of Unity Massachusetts.
****Four stars for The Probable Future: A Novel by Alice Hoffman. Not my favorite Alice Hoffman, but I recommend it nonetheless. Great characters and intriguing storyline.
I’m a big fan of Alice Hoffman, one of my all time favorite books was The Dove Keepers a few years ago. And this novel for today’s review is an earlier work of Hoffman. I also really enjoyed it. Here is my book review The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman.
Coney Island in the early 20th century was a place of freak shows and mystics. Coralie Sardie is the daughter of a sinister man who runs the Museum of Extraordinary Things. As Coralie grows and is becoming a woman, she is also becoming aware that things are not perhaps as they seem. She begins to suspect her father does not have her well-being in mind.
When Coralie turns 13, her father puts her in the freak show, as a mermaid. But one night while training in the frigid Hudson River Coralie stumbles upon a photographer bane Eddie Cohen and she falls in love. Eddie, who photographs the horrific Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire also becomes entangled in a mystery, and that mystery will bring him to Coralie’s door. And tragedy will nearly keep them apart.
Hoffman always leans towards the mystical and magical and she does so brilliantly in The Museum of Extraordinary Things. A time in New York’s history when things were changing, the characters in this novel share the struggles and triumphs of worker’s rights, women’s rights, disabled rights and much more.
*****Five stars for The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman.
Powerful. This story is powerful. These women are powerful. The history is powerful. The Dovekeepers: A Novel by Alice Hoffman is one of the most powerful books I have read in a very long time.
I actually know very little about the history of Israel, Jerusalem and the legend of Masada – the last stronghold of the Jews during the Roman siege in 73 AD. After reading this novel however, I am so intrigued to learn more about the plight of these people – a struggle that has continued for thousands of years.
A beautifully written tale weaving fact and fiction together, Hoffman creates four remarkable women who lead the reader through this turbulent, magical, bloody, faithful and powerful period of history. Each of these powerful women bring a different strength, different background, different loss and different love to Masada. The author uses Biblical history and the historical chronicle by Flavius Josephus, a Jewish rebel leader captured by the Romans. Through her meticulous research she captures the magic of the era and creates these characters, developing the story through their lives, as they each find themselves in Masada by different paths. Each women carries with her secrets and strengths that come to play in the final days of the bloody siege that will ultimately take the lives of more than 1000 men, women and children, and change the course of history.
Who survives in this amazing fictional tale of a real-life event? You must read The Dovekeepers to find out. Read it today. A fascinating and powerful novel.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Five Stars for the The Dovekeepers: A Novel by Alice Hoffman
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