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    Book Review Station Eleven

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    Book Review Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

    I loved this book. I had added this book to my list ages ago, finding it on a must read 2017 list. But it took forever for it to show up available on Kindle and I had forgotten about it.

    But wow. Worth the wait. One of my favorite reads so far this year.  Another book I expect to see become a movie.  But read the book – don’t wait for the movie.

    Mandel creates a cast of likeable characters with a variety of interests and histories including a wide range of ages, talents, abilities, ethnicities, genders and economic backgrounds. These characters unwillingly become entwined when the entire earth is subject to a pandemic flu.  The flu ends the world as we know it and kills 99% of the population.

    Whoa say what?  And I loved this book?  I truly did.  Frightening because it’s very believable, captivating because you feel for the characters, frightening because it’s plausible, well-written with an interesting and well thought out plot development and oh did I mention Frightening??

    My husband read this book and also loved it.  The funny thing is if I had been told the plot of this book I may not have read it.  But I am really glad I did. A perfect mix of sci-fi, drama, mystery and suspense.

    Go read Station Eleven! Five Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    See last week’s review of Little Fires Everywhere.

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    Book Review – Little Fires Everywhere

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    Book Review Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

    Shaker Heights is a perfect little community outside of Cleveland.  Perfect houses. Perfect lawns.  Perfect jobs.  Perfect schools.  And the perfect Richardson Family.  Leading this family is Elena Richardson, lifelong Shaker Heights resident and a perfect citizen who follows the rules.

    The perfection begins to unravel the day Mia Warren and her daughter Pearl arrive in Shaker Heights, moving into a rental house owned by the Richardson’s.  Mia, an unconventional artist and mother, as far from the Shaker Heights kind of women Elena Richardson aspires to.

    Mia’s mysterious past, Elena’s nosy obsession, Pearl’s friendship with the Richardson children and Izzy’s (the youngest daughter) obsession with Mia and desire for a different life than Shaker Heights, will collide in a heartbreaking tale of loss in so many ways.

    Little Fires Everywhere will make you sit up and think about your own choices in life, secrets you carry, decisions you’ve made and what really is the meaning of family and mother.

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Five Stars for Little Fires Everywhere

    Sure to be a movie soon.

    Read last week’s review of Before We Were Yours here

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    Book Review – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: A Novel by Gail Honeyman

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    Book Review – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: A Novel by Gail Honeyman

    As I read this book I kept thinking “this will definitely be a movie”.  So as I started to write this review I googled it, and sure enough it will.  One of Reese Wetherspoons upcoming movies with her new production company.  And in fact she may even play the title character.

    Whaky and quirky and lacking most social skills, Eleanor Oliphant leads an overly structured life with no friends, no family and very little interaction with anyone.  Except her co-workers at her office where she has worked for nine years.  But her co-workers find her really strange, and Eleanor has no idea why.

    Except for the large burn scar on her face – Eleanor thinks she’s normal.  Well, maybe except for the three bottles of vodka she drinks on the weekend, Eleanor thinks she’s normal.  Maybe the fact that she wears only black pants and white blouse everyday, or she eats the exact same thing everyday – or she speaks to her mother every Wednesday night even though she doesn’t know where her mother is.  Eleanor realizes that probably isn’t normal.  Eleanor’s obsession with a local rock star seems normal to her – in fact she is so sure the rocker will fall in love with her, if they could only meet.  Not normal.

    Eleanor’s life changes the day she coincidentally meets the new I.T. guy at her office and coincidentally is walking out of the building at the same time as he is and they coincidentally see an old man have a heart attack on the sidewalk right in front of them.

    And so begins Eleanor’s life lessons in learning to have a conversation, break from her routine, speak the truth about her past, her sister, her mother and all that took place in her abused and horrible childhood.  Eleanor’s introduction to reality begins right there.

    Sometimes laugh out loud, sometimes get your tissue, Eleanor’s story and those who rescue her is endearing and emotional, hysterical and sobering.  Watch for this one on the big screen.

    Five stars for Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.

    Check out last week’s review of “The Snow Child”

     

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    Book Review – The Snow Child: A Novel by Eowyn Ivey

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    Book Review The Snow Child: A Novel by Eowyn Ivey ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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    This is one of those books that got added to my To Read list because it showed up on a blog I read on Pinterest.  I was attracted to it purely by the title – and without knowing a thing about it I added to my list.

    And I loved it.  Sweet, sentimental, a bit whimsical and yet believable I couldn’t put it down.

    Ivey takes us to 1920 Alaska where Jack and Mable eke out an existence trying to farm the desolate and barren Alaska land where they have come from “back east” to homestead.

    Not your typical homesteaders, this married couple in their fifties is childless and searching for something they don’t even know what.  Mable feels a failure for not being able to have children and she is lonely and wants nothing more than to live a life of solitude.  Jack struggles to farm all on his own, with no sons to help and no money to hire help.

    One night the couple has a moment of happiness and joy, and in an unusual move they build a snow child in front of their cabin, complete with dress, hat and mittens.  They laugh and enjoy the infrequent happy moment.

    The next day the snow child is gone, but they begin to spot a small blonde child running and hiding in the woods.  Here is where the miracle of this story begins.  Part miracle, part providence, who knows how or why this couple, this little girl and eventually their neighbors come together to make a family.

    The ending both sweet and sad, brings together the powerful ties that bind life in a remote wilderness and how family is what you make it, if you can.

    Five stars for The Snow Child ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

     

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    Reading Wednesday

    The Language of Flowers

    The Language of Flowers – A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    After a dry spell of good “page turners” I finally hit on some books that have pulled back into reading every day.  It helped a lot that I was sans internet for much of the time I was in Namibia.  When I can’t sit and stare at Facebook and Instagram then my Kindle gets a lot more use!  It’s a good thing.

    The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh was a great read.  I loved the story line, and as a gardener and lover of plants I really like the unique use of flowers in the story.

    Diffenbaugh takes you on a journey of the life of a girl, eventually a women, and her personal trials and tragedies as an un-adoptable foster child.  Victoria Jones finds herself unable to love or care for anyone, or allow anyone to love or care for her.  Her mistrust and loathing for every human she meets drives her to only love one thing – the language of flowers.

    At 18 years old Victoria is no longer a ward of the state and she finds her self living in a forest next to a park and surrounding herself with flowers, the only thing she feels emotionally attached to.  She finds a job in a flower shop and the florist recognizes her potential and helps her get on her feet.  Working in the flower shop Victoria realizes her natural talent for using the Victorian language of flowers to communicate messages for brides and other customers and soon she is an indispensable part of the shop.

    But Victoria’s pattern of running away from people who care for her continues and she finds herself leaving behind again, everything and everyone who shows they love and need her.

    The Language of Flowers is both a sentimental and emotional story of love lost and found, life’s up and downs, and the human spirit’s ability to open up and let go of fear and imagine a new life for themselves.  Five stars.