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Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

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Olive KitteridgeOlive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A uniquely written collection of short vignettes that are linked together by the character, Olive Kitteridge. Olive is a retired schoolteacher who lives in Cosby, Maine. She is snotty, cantankerous, and a busybody and is married to the town’s Pharmacist. Their home life is stoic and lacks the passion that Olive and her husband desire. In one story, Olive, who has babied her only son, is trying to talk to him about his wedding. He is cold and unwilling to talk to Olive who most desperately wants to be involved. It is sad. Olive creates this relationship with her son, and must deal with all its ramifications. This book deals with everyday people and real human nature. The stories are profound and show that people are composed of many layers. I really enjoyed this book. I felt I could relate to the complexities of the characters, especially Olive.

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A Knight in Shining Armor

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A Knight in Shining ArmorA Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. It is a funny, romantic, and well-written time travel story with a twist. Jude Deveraux brings the Earl of Stafford to modern times so the heroine can help him find the scoundrel who accuses the Earl of treason. Since the Earl is from the year 1564, things in the 20th Century are a bit difficult for him. While the heroine is trying to assist the Earl in his plight, she finds that she is falling in love with a very unusual man. This book is a great read and highly recommended.

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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia     

by Elizabeth M. Gilbert

I purchased this book based on the positive reviews I read and a few recommendations from friends.  On the surface, it was an interesting read about a woman’s spiritual journey to find her way to a new life.  She travels as a writer to Italy, India, and Indonesia enjoying and writing about her experiences.  The writing is good and the story is easy to follow.  Included in the story are bouts of humor and tragedy.  All are, of course, examples of good storytelling.  Nevertheless, by the middle of the book, I began to question the heroine’s thought process.  It seems that instead of finding herself, she is merely running away from real life.

I thought the protagonist in the book Eat, Pray, Love was a self-centered woman who cared for nothing but finding her ideal life.  Her disregard for her responsibilities in favor of her wants left me doubting her character. She could not stay married, she would not have children, she, she, she!  Her perspective focused on only how she felt and seldom on others. Did she really need to travel the world to find her life’s purpose?  As Dorothy says in the movie, The Wizard of Oz “… if I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard; because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with.”  This book is a great lesson for the “me” generation wannabes.

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