Saturday, June 17, 2017

Review: The Little French Bistro by Nina George



Review: The Little French Bistro
Nina George
Crown
2017

The Little French Bistro by Nina George
I have to admit that I'm not a fan of romance novels, but I think this one goes beyond the boy meets girl idea.  By a bunch.  If adults had coming of age stories this one would fit there.  Marianne travels a road many people I know would love to, but fear taking the steps needed. And that is the basis of this book.  Taking the steps.  Joy, sorrow, whatever comes and keep on taking the steps.  

I agree with many of the comments already made about George's ability to build wonderful characters, paint scenes that vibrate with energy, and tell a story too.  Her writing touches the heart and not in some sappy, maudlin way.  A place of real emotions and desire.  Speaking of desire---her intimate scenes are just that, intimate.  In body and mind.  And not for just spicing things up a bit.  She captures the true nature of intimacy.  

Lucky breaks all along the way are my nit with this work, but I'm willing to go with that.  That's how into her writing I am.  Viva Nina!!  I enjoyed this book.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.


Saturday, June 3, 2017

Review: The Story Cure: A Book Doctor’s Pain-Free Guide to Finishing Your Novel or Memoir by Dinty W. Moore




Review: The Story Cure: A Book Doctor’s Pain-Free Guide to Finishing Your Novel or Memoir
Dinty W. Moore
Ten Speed Press
2017



The Story Cure: A Book Doctor's Pain-Free Guide to Finishing Your Novel or MemoirI wish I had had this book a long time ago!  Not only is this one easy to read, it’s helpful too.  The author is the director of the MA and PhD in Creative Writing programs at Ohio University.  And he’s published in normal magazines that people like me read from time to time.  And he works with beginners.


This is a back to basics book on how to finish your novel, and if you have read a few of the books that cover basics you will find he covers the same territory.  It’s the basics.  Basics are basic and don’t change.  It’s the way he does it that makes this book worth your money.  He has examples!  Lots of them.  And that is the way I learn.  He’s used the show don’t tell to teach.  Much of what I have read lacked that, and after reading them I still had no clue.  Maybe I’m a slow learner, but this book just clicks for me.  His style makes it fun to discover my shortcomings.  Yes, fun.  Colored highlighters, short exercises.  I can honestly say that I have just learned more in the short time it takes to read this book than I have ever before. 


I’ll say it again.  I wish I had had this book a long time ago.  


I received this book form the publisher in return for a review. 










Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Review: Praying with Eyes Wide Open: A Life-Changing Way to Talk with God by Sherry Harney



Review: Praying with Eyes Wide Open: A Life-Changing Way to Talk with God
Sherry Harney
2017
Baker Books

 
Praying with eyes wide open?  For some, I guess, that idea borders on scandalous.  But fear not, this book has lots more than that in it.  It might have been the day I read the first few chapters of this book, but they just did not speak to me.  Nothing.  I was ready to put it down.  But, instead I picked it up again.  

Cover ArtSections 2, 3, and 4 of this book sang to me like the first section didn’t.  I am glad now that I came back to it.  So, what’s the deal with the first few chapters?  I suspect since I have read so many books on prayer, that it was too familiar.  Or maybe it was the weather or something.  The rest touched on several areas from a fresh perspective and I found that very helpful, a joy to read.  Uncle Seamus skipping by the lake which she borrowed from Brennan Manning filled my imagination.  Her son offering a lady his ice cream dessert in a restaurant made me grin.  Her prayer guide on page 164 will become a fixture on my frig after I make about 5000 copies.  Ok, maybe a few less than that, but such a simple idea works.  

So, after a rough start I can say I am glad I finished this book.  What makes this book different than many I have read is the tone and the helpful ideas she provides at the end of each chapter.  I may even give that first section another chance.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.