Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Book Review: Ruth's Journey by Donald McCaig

Ruth's Journey: The Story of Mammy from Gone with the WindRuth's Journey: The Story of Mammy from Gone with the Wind by Donald McCaig
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Historical Fiction is not my typical choice for reading material. That being said, I had to read this book. I did struggle with keeping my attention on the book through a lot of the historical background sections but the story was strong enough to keep me reading. Ruth's journey begins in Santo Domingo, from there it is a complicated journey through a very important part in US history, the lead up to the Civil War.

Since the point of this novel is following Ruth's journey, I don't want to give too much away and that's hard because there is just so much good in this novel. For me some of good was reading along and coming across reference that you know will be important later in this story and in Gone with the Wind. You'll be reading along and there's a disdainful mention of those Irish O'Hara brothers, a revered mention of the Butlers of Low Country, a bit later an O'Hara mentions Tara and one of the biggest was discussion about what people think of that Mr. Lincoln person. Oh and let's not forget Ashley Wilkes and his appearances at Tara.

The book was broken down into three parts. I really enjoyed the third section the best. This section was told from Ruth's point of view and tells the story of how Scarlet becomes Scarlet. It's the last leg of the journey to Gone with the Wind and needed to be told by Ruth. Ruth has been around three generations of women in this family and through her we see how certain traits seemed to be passed down.

Before I even finished the book, I had been recommending it to people. I think it was a fascinating story and I'll be going back to read his other book Rhet Butler's People.

I received an ebook ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Book Review - As Long As You Love Me by Ann Aguirre

As Long As You Love Me (2B Trilogy #2)As Long As You Love Me by Ann Aguirre
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In book 1 of the 2B Trilogy, I Want It That Way, we see Lauren exhibit some really extreme behavior with her drinking. She has this thing with Max and ends up leaving school.  On a trip home Nadia learns that her best friend Lauren and her older brother Rob are seeing each other.  In As Long As You Love Me we get the story about their relationship as well as what caused Lauren to almost self destruct.

As someone who has Generalized Anxiety it was kind of refreshing to see main character who sees life the way I do, as one big stressful situation. My situation wasn't as extreme as Lauren's but it did make going away to college stressful and I barely made it to graduation and online courses were so much easier to manage. Coming home to her small town has had a big change in Lauren, she's focused again on school and feels much more like herself.

Lauren has always had a crush on her best friend's brother. After Lauren and Rob run into each other at the story a friendship starts between them and along the way those old crush feelings return for Lauren. Rob's had a thing for Lauren too and for the two of them it's time to find a balance between the relationship they had before and the new one they are forming now.

Rob is a handyman and currently working on redoing his home. Lauren is the only one who gets his dreams/goals and she helps him start on his dream to make and sell custom furniture out of recycled materials. This gives Rob a big break he never dreamed of but can't turn down. It's also the one thing that could end their relationship.

I really liked that while the relationship seemed easy and perfect, it wasn't. Too many times I've read romances where the relationship fixes what the character struggles with, but in this book it's not enough. Lauren has to deal learn to really work on her problems in order to be a right fit for Rob and their relationship.

I can't wait to read book three, where we go back to apartment 2B to see how everyone is doing, especially Max. One step in healing for Lauren was to come to terms with what happened between her and Max.

Lauren reconnects and makes some new friends. We're kind of left hanging with their stories and while this is only supposed to be a trilogy I hope we get some idea on how they are dealing with their own struggles/lives.

I received an ebook arc from the publisher. 

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Weekend Cooking - Christmas Recipe Exchange

Anna @ hearding cats, & burning soup writes:

A twist on the traditional Christmas Card Exchange! This time we'll be sending recipes (in the mail) instead of just cards. Recipes that are old favorites, or special to your family. Maybe one you've seen and thought looked amazing but haven't had a chance to try yet. Snacks, main dishes, side dishes or desserts... 
They can be on recipe cards, in handwriting or typed out, decorated or left plain and simple. Include notes on why you love it or just go for the straight recipe. It's really up to yall however you'd like to make it special for your recipient. You can include a Christmas card as well or just send the recipe.

For me, it's too early for Christmas. In reality, we do need to start realizing it's going to be here before we know it!  This sounded like a fun way to expand on my holiday recipe list (which is kinda small).

Now I just have to figure out what I'm going to share!

If you're interested in signing up head over to the Sign-up Post at hearding cats & burning soup.