Monday, March 14, 2011

Book Review and a really, really funny video.....

"Angel Sister" by Anne H. Gabhart

"It is 1936 and Kate Merritt is trying hard to keep her family together. Her father has slipped into alcoholism, her mother tries to come to grips with their dire financial situation, and her sisters seem to remain blissfully oblivious to all of it. Kate could never have imagined that a dirty, abandoned little girl named Lorena Birdsong would be just what her family needs.

In this richly textured novel, award-winning author Ann H. Gabhart reveals the power of true love, the freedom of forgiveness, and the strength to persevere through troubled times, all against the backdrop of a sultry Kentucky summer."

This book was hard work.  It took me until chapter 13 to really get into it; there were 44 chapters in the book.  You really had to concentrate as the story kept going back and forward between the 1930's and the 1910's.  It was interesting to read about how some people didn't have electricity or indoor plumbing back in the 1930's, and how poor a lot of people were; but this book was not a book I really enjoyed reading.

There were a couple of surprises along the way that I didn't guess and kindness in a very hard life the characters led.  Overall it was not a joyous book, infact it was a depressing book in a lot of way.  I even began to feel the worry that Kate was feeling and thought for a 14 year old it was a hard, hard life she had.

Stars out of 5: 2.5 this just wasn't my kind of book, I don't want to be depressed reading a book and this book made me feel down.  Would I recommend it to you to read........if you like stories set in the early 1900's then go ahead and read it.  It just wasn't for me, sorry.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.  Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Val had this on her blog and I laughed until I had tears going down my face.


Valerie said...

If the reader finds it depressing goodness only knows how the author managed to write it. It's good that you were honest about the book. I recently read one that I found depressing from start to finish. I had persevered in the hope that it would get better but it didn't. I hope everyone enjoys the hilarious video.

Scrappy quilter said...

See my review tomorrow. It's totally different. Hope you're day goes well. Hugs

LizBeth said...

We're moving! Buried in boxes, not snow. Hope it stays warm here and there.

Hold down the fort! ~Liz

Jane and Chris said...

Oh, the dog with the newspaper..hahahahahaha!!! Too funny!
Jane x

Janet said...

Loved the video ! thanks for the chuckle I needed that !

Evelyn said...

i am reading anne tyler now, finished Accidental tourist and Breathing lessons. not my fav author but will read one more by her to see if she gets better lol