Quick Summary: The story of Elsa & her journey living in the Great Plains & making a trip to California during the Great Depression.
Sad. That's the book summed up in one word. I honestly am not a historical book person but this story was interesting to me hearing the way people lived in the Great Plains. We think we have environmental issues? Wow.... But I really ended up enjoying the historical side of story & may try more books like this.
I really enjoyed the book up till the last 150 pages. It took a strange turn for me when it started getting more political instead of focusing on Elsa & her family & her relationship with her kids & the fight she was having to provide for them. I read the author notes at the end, explaining why she wrote it & I could see her point on some areas... I just wish it went another direction.
I closed the book very heavy hearted & sad... there's no "good, rainbow, sunshine" feeling with this one at all.
“Don't worry about dying, Elsa. Worry about not living. Be brave."
The Woman in the Window
**** / Really Liked It
Quick Summary: A woman who is a recluse & spies on the neighborhood has issues with her medicine & alcohol & when they mix & she sees a murder happen to someone that she's now being told doesnt exist, what is real & what isn't
I know this book has been out for awhile & I am so glad I finally got around to it because it totally held my attention. I was pretty good at figuring out some of the mystery but I still had a pretty good twist & turn that took me by surprise. That always makes me excited when a book gives me an Ah-HA moment.
This wasn't too complicated & I enjoy a book that has really short chapters in it - it makes me feel like I read more because if I see a chapter is just a few pages, I'll go ahead & read further - & so on & so on. Just my style of reading. It helped me zoom through this one.
“You can hear someone’s secrets and their fears and their wants, but remember that these exist alongside other people’s secrets and fears, people living in the same room.”
The Lost Apothecary
***** - Really Loved It
Quick Summary: Two story lines - centuries apart. / Nella is an Apothecary that dispurses poison for women to rid them of harmful men in their lives. & in present day, Caroline stumbles across a vile in a river while going on her anniversary trip alone as she figures out her marriage & discovers the story of what happened back in the 1800's
I wasn't sure I was going to like this when I picked it for my Book of the Month pick - but man, I just really enjoyed it. I was going back & forth between 4 stars & 5 - I hold out on my 5 stars - but I really just enjoyed this story. It was interesting to me to hear the story of women back in the late 1700's & just the idea of the story was intriguing to me. I loved how they tired it to the current day with Caroline. It had very "Romeo & Juliet" feels - just those bad timing, horrible coincidence moments.
I wish I had a LITTLE bit more information on the end - like How? (if you read the book, you'll know what i'm talking about) - but I'm still happy with the ending. Gave me some pumping my fists in the air moments. I was here for it.
“Everything placed unto the body removes something from it, calls it forth or represses it.”
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