I felt so much love for these characters that I read grow up, and this book was filled with their struggles and real life situations. Josie loves to garden - she loves to feel the soil below her toes and she loves too cook with all of her fresh vegetables - if that's not an image of me, I don't know what is. Chemo is never easy and Vicki will have to deal with her feelings about her own mortality. She was aiming to go towards a slowly uncovering all the past, step by step, type of telling and instead I just felt bored out of my skull for the gist of the book. While I would initially classify it as a chick lit beach read, it deals with some serious issues that make it a little less fluff. I physically could not put this book down until I finished it, I stayed up until the very late hours of the morning crying into my pillow. There are less obvious, though equally unlikely, coincidental events.
Vicki was the best developed female character of this summer story. Everything about that book was perfect - characters, topic, writing, storyline. Or Sam's transformation and his complicated relationship with his heritage and parents that gets resolved in the direction of previously mentioned ideology. This book so artfully introduces you to two character who you follow for years, from when they're young teens to when they're adults. And sadly, this is the case with every Amy Harmon book I have read.
Josie inspires a love of music in Samuel and they jointly conquer books and words. Amy Harmon sees it too, and that is precisely why so is one of my go-to authors. I especially loved the elements of family, music and culture that all played a role in shaping these character's lives. I had to shut the book and relish in the words flowing through my mind and into my heart. The majority of the main male characters felt undeveloped, except for Josh.
One of my favorite books that I read last year is The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon. All of them are self-centered and it was difficult to determine if any one of them had any redeeming qualities amidst all the whining and kvetching. As you can see there's enough material for plenty of drama in the making. Amy Harmon wrote their relationship in such a way that it was undeniable that they were just meant to be together. Didi, a real troublemaker, turned out to be very mentally unstable.
A reminder that, no matter what other obstacles you are facing personally at the time and no matter how well you may h Not my favorite of this author's beachy books but not my least favorite either , but still very readable. I'm glad that I did. Burdened with small children, unwieldy straw hats, and some obvious emotional issues, the women— two sisters and one friend—make their way to the sisters tiny cottage, inherited from an aunt. I felt, with her, the joy of finding a friend in Samuel and the loss when he leaves for boot camp. I was completely captivated, and these characters felt real.
The one I gravitated towards all these years. I too lost a parent very young. Now we get the full details described in 15 pages and yet I don't feel like I learned anything new. I felt the end wrapped up too nicely and too neatly for all of the characters. Barefoot weaves these four lives together in a story with enthralling sweep and scope--a novel that is as fun and memorable and bittersweet as that one perfect day of summer. In fact, I'm contemplating taking the one star away but I figured I had to give it something.
Samuel is especially conscious of Josie's comparative youth and the immorality of pursuing any romantic feelings he may have. The multi-dimensional characters, their unlikely yet tender friendship, the heartbreak, the writing, it was almost perfect. Brenda's situation was very interesting, her career in academia over and a new one trying to blossom. Speaking of which, if you're an Amy Harmon fan, you'll gain some knowledge on her childhood town within this read; this story's setting is built to mimic the sweet place in which she was raised — which I thought was pretty awesome in and of itself. This book tells the love and life story of two kindred souls Josie Jensen and Samuel Yazzie. The lady of the home agrees to teach Josie to play the piano and the two develop a friendship that is essential to the motherless teen. She could be selfish but she did help her sister.
They're all trying to escape from something: Melanie, after seven failed in-vitro attempts, discovered her husband's infidelity and then her own pregnancy; Brenda embarked on a passionate affair with an older student that got her fired from her prestigious job as a professor in New York; and her sister Vickie, mother to two small boys, has been diagnosed with cancer. I never know what to expect when I pick up novel written by Amy Harmon. She doesn't know how to handle it--but at least her two boys can play at the beach if she's at the family cabin. The first woman is Victoria Lyndon Stowe. You move ahead a few years and life goes on. It is still a good story but not as engaging as the other book. Oh and I can't forget music.