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[Book review] A Home for Christmas

Dr Janice Thornton leads a lonely life, especially during Christmas. She finds herself at the doorstep of her mother’s childhood home, at the request of her uncle, to find Blake Ferguson, a handsome bachelor. Could she find happiness in taking over her uncle’s medical practice at Angel Ridge?

The story unfolds as Janice explores her uncle’s medical practice to see if she could leave behind what she knows and start afresh, and carpenter Blake goes about trying to win Janice over, and finds himself having to dismantle the walls she has built around herself. The magic of Angel Ridge work between the pair and the outcome remains to be seen.

This book receives a 3/5 star rating.

The story of two lonely souls who come together over Christmas and find love and happiness is great for a light read over the holidays. The town of Angel Ridge is a beautiful setting for a Christmas romance, with the town’s angels casting their magic. Watching Janice and Blake bond over the Christmas lights is a treat indeed.

Despite the cute romance, however, there are quite a few qualms about Blake’s character. It is understandable that he has issues with his family, but he comes across as a bit of an abuser. For instance, his anger at Janice for spending time with her dying patients is quite unjustified, and Blake is shown to have expressed this anger on more than one occasion. His grudge on his brother too, flared up towards the end of the story, when Blake’s brother came to Janice asking for help since his wife had taken ill. Following this, Blake began to beat him up and called his supposed love interest names without even asking for a justification. This was an impulsive and brash move on Blake’s part, and it was disappointing to see that the fight was not even shown to have been resolved fruitfully.

All in all, A Home for Christmas is great for a light read, but does not contain a lot of thought provoking instances.

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Book Review: Across The Universe by Beth Revis

When you first come across the title “Across The Universe”, you immediately know that this book is definitely out of this world, like literally. You immediately start picturing aliens, spaceships, astronauts and all that kind of stuff. Well, a spaceship is definitely there. Even though you might not get much in terms of astronauts and aliens, some spaceship romance might make up for that a little.

For a super-hyped sci-fi, dystopian, YA novel, there isn’t much room left for the imagination. You may run short of Ahaa! Moments since most of the twists and turns we have encountered before. Let’s see; an unfortunate situation arises, boy meets girl, boy saves the girl, boy helps the girl to try and figure out what went wrong, sounds familiar?

But then again, that doesn’t mean that it is all boring and mundane. One aspect of the society that this book clearly brings out is racial profiling. You will definitely relate to Amy on this. As for Eldest and Elder, that is a story for another day. This book deserves a 4 out of 5 rating based on the strong moral awareness it posses.

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Novella: A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being A Ghost Story of Christmas
Author: Charles Dickens
Original Publication Date: 19 December 1843
Length: Roughly 84 pages

My summary: We are all rather familiar with the spin-offs but do you really know what happened when Ebenezer Scrooge was visited by four ghosts that Christmas Eve night?

My say: As is usually the case the book is much better than any rendition I have ever seen. It is short, rather simple, and contains some lovely language.

My verdict: If you are looking for something both fantastical and seasonal, pick up this piece. It is a quick easy read.

Kiddie-o-meter: While this story is much darker than the Disney version (there are minor references to poverty, starvation, illness, death, malice, and theft) I truly believe the message is more powerful in its original classic form. Note: Younger children will probably not understand the language. Therefore reserve this one for the tweens.

My favorite part:
The introduction of two minor characters I can not recall ever seeing or understanding before: Ignorance and Want.

My favorite quotes:

  • …”No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused!”
  • “It is fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow , there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour.”
  • “…For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself.”
  • …”He was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset…”

My final say: Mr. Scrooge handles his ghostly visitors much better than I would. I would have a MAJOR freak-out if I started seeing faces in my door knocker.

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Book Reviews: 13 Little Blue Envelopes & The Last Little Blue Envelope

2¢ worth: I don’t smoke. These books have nothing to do with smoking. But I feel like I smoked them because I just about inhaled them. From the moment I opened book one (13 Little Blue Envelopes) and read the first letter that kicks off Ginny’s journey through Europe, I was hooked. I had to know. I had to know where she went, what she would find, and what happened to her vibrant 35 year-old aunt. Book one moves really fast, bouncing from city to city and letter to letter. It’s quick but not choppy. Ginny is on a mission and it was almost impossible for me to put down. Book two (The Last Little Blue Envelope) was more about closure. More about Ginny going back (more mature and sure of herself this time) to finish things that she had started and get answers. Would I recommend these? Absolutely. Try book one when you need something fast and fun. Then if you’re like me and don’t want to fill in the blanks on your own, grab book two.

Word to the wise: Book one was initially meant to stand alone so it very well can if you don’t wish to go on. Book two needs book one.

Whippersnappers: While there is no sex or foul language, there is some minor mentions to sexuality, sexual orientation, nudity, drugs, and death. There was also one dicey scene in book one where I held my breath until Ginny was out safely.

Wrapping: The girl on the covers is just too put together and cool for me. She’s pretty but doesn’t suit my mental image of the shy slightly nerdy Ginny. That was (especially in book one) part of her charm.

Wondering: Ginny gets to visit some pretty amazing places. So I’m wondering, what city is #1 on your list of places to see?

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