Book Review, Books and Reading

Becoming Mrs. Lewis

becoming mrs. lewis    Joy Davidman begins writing to C.S. Lewis looking for spiritual answers. She lives with her family, a husband and children, in America. Mr. Lewis replies and soon a friendship blossoms. Not long after that she goes to visit him in England. With that, she must make other choices that will change her life forever.

This story had moments that felt lyrical and captivating. There were moments my emotions were pulled in. The story itself was interesting to me, however, it did not hold my interest. I felt it dragged on too long. There were quite a few times I either had to take a break from it or skim through scenes (and that is never a good sign). I think, personally, I would have enjoyed it more if it had been shorter.

 

*I received this book free from the Fiction Guild and Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts. I was not compensated in any monetary way.*

 

My star rating- **

Book Review, Books and Reading

Travel to Tomorrow

travel to tomorrow    Here are a few of my favorite things: 1950’s, time travel, best friends, and books. This story has all of it! It is the first in a series and I am so glad I have the entire collection because I don’t want to wait long to read more about these sock hop Fifties Chix.

In 1955 the five girls are given an assignment for History class. Instead of looking at the past they are to write about what they think the future will be like. And then they are living it. They wake up, same houses, same families, same school, but now it is the 2000’s. So much has changed, technology, fashion, words, politics. The girls need to learn how to navigate this new world while trying to figure out how to get back to 1955. After a while they begin wondering if they even want to go back in time.

This first book gives you such a great taste of the adventure that the girls are tossed into. The rich details of the 1950’s is superb, and the changes that the girls witness in the future was spectacular. We see how things have changed for African-American families, for immigrants, for children. We learn about little details we may never give second thought to- vehicles, fashion, food….

I had such a great time reading this book and it gave me a nostalgic high. I am really looking forward to reading the next book in the series and I will let you know how it is!

*I was given this book set as a gift from my mom and my review is entirely of my own choosing. Everything I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts. I have not been compensated in any monetary way.*

Book Review

Five Brides book review

00cd807f4d9893c63e9d394519587b01Five independent women live together in a Chicago apartment in the early 1950’s. Each is hoping to find their place in the world. One Saturday afternoon while they are together they spy a wedding dress in a storefront window. After trying it on they buy it- much to the dismay of the salesclerk and with no boyfriend between them. Can one dress stitch their lives together and take them on journeys they never expected?

 

First of all, I have to say that the cover picture is what caught my attention immediately. I love it! Now onto the story and what I thought of it. This is going to be an unusual review, a kind I have never written before. The basics of it is this- I like the story but I didn’t finish the book. Crazy, right? Doesn’t make sense? I know, I know, it sounds weird. But, please, let me explain.

I was enjoying the story, reading about each of the girls and their journey “on their own” in their world and their relationship with the other girls. As far as I have gotten into the book I like the style of writing, the flow of the stories and how each weave into the other. I did not pick up on any errors in what I read. This situation happens to fall under the answer of “It’s not you, it’s me.” Have you ever picked up a book you have been looking forward to reading, opened it up, excited to delve into the characters’ lives, and realized that now is just not the moment to read that particular book? So you put it back on your TBR shelf for another day, when you are in the right frame of mind for that story and what it has to tell you. That is what happened with Five Brides. Now is just not the time for me to read it. It is going back on my TBR shelf for when I am ready for it. What I have read so far, about a quarter of the book, I like, and my review is based on what I have read so far.

 

*I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. The thoughts I have expressed are entirely my own.*