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Magic Hour

10th June 2006

Magic Hour : A NovelJulia is a child psychologist from LA, whose reputation has been dragged through the mud in a controversial court case. Her sister, Ellie, is the police chief in a tiny Pacific Northwest town. When a “wild child” is discovered in Ellie’s town, Ellie calls Julia to come help. Through the process of helping the child, Julia is able to find her purpose again, and Ellie and Julia are able to heal old wounds.

Like most of Hannah’s books, this one focuses on sisters who are estranged from each other. It makes me wonder what Hannah’s relationship is like with her own sister–or if she even has one. This book isn’t quite as melodramatic as some of her other books. I enjoyed the plot-line of Julia helping the “wild child.” However, after having read many true stories of children who have been severely abused at a young age, I really had to question the amazing progress that Alice was able to make in a very short amount of time, as well as the attachments she was able to develop with others. The ending was a bit of a fairy tale, but overall, the book was enjoyable.

At First Sight

02nd March 2006

At First SightAfter my disappointment with True Believer, I was quite reluctant to pick up the sequel. At First Sight actually sat in my house for a week before I began reading, which isn’t normally how a Nicholas Sparks book is treated. But my love of Nicholas Sparks overcame my disgust for his previous book, and I soon dove in. I was pleasantly surprised. While the book wasn’t one of my favorites by any means, Sparks has redeemed himself. The characters seemed more likeable (even though they were the same characters from the first book), the focus on the paranormal was kept to a minimum, and there was even an element of suspense to the plot. One reason that the plot was interesting to me (which won’t of course be true for all readers) is that the main characters are expecting their first baby, and much of the plot focuses on that. My biggest complaint about the book (and this might be a spoiler for some) is that Sparks seems to have read James Patterson’s Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas and tried to imitate some major elements, without nearly as much success as Patterson had.

The Sunflower : A NovelWhen Christine’s fiance calls off the wedding, her friend Jessica decides that Christine needs a change of scenery. So together, the two women travel to Peru on a missions trip. There, Christine meets Paul, a doctor who has dedicated his life to helping the orphans of Peru.

I have always enjoyed Evans’ novels. True, they are quite sentimental, but the plot is usually entertaining. The Sunflower wasn’t what I was hoping for. It really felt like a cleaned-up version of a Danielle Steele novel, with a predictable, unrealistic plot and a nice tidy ending.

The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman (Laurel-Leaf Books)This was a cute romance that I would have enjoyed more when I was 13. The unique part of this book is that the main character, Kate, is writing a romance novel, and the book is supposed to be her novel. So throughout the story, Kate adds her own commentay and “revision notes” in which she explains her choice of words, makes fun of romance novel language, etc.

28th November 2005

Summer of RosesWhen I first discovered Luanne Rice, I read as many of her books as I could find, and I enjoyed them for the most part. Now, she’s one of the many authors I read out of habit. Summer of Roses could have been a suspenseful, romantic read. Instead, it was just long and boring. When I was writing about books in my notebook, I made a big list of positive characteristics of Rice’s writing. I think I need to re-write that list.

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