Hannah’s Gift – Lessons from a Life Fully Lived / Maria Housden / Bantam Book / 2003 / ISBN 9780553381221 / 222 Pages / Biography
Book Blurb –
In a lyrical narrative, both moving and unforgettable, Maria Housden shares the transformative lesion in living she received from her three-year-old daughter Hannah, who brought courage, honesty, and even laughter to her struggle with cancer. A remarkable story, remarkably told, Hannah’s Gift will bring comfort to anyone touched by loss, and renewed faith in the power of love.Continue reading “Book Review – Hannah’s Gift”→
2016 / Harlequin Mira / ISBN 9781489210418 / 400 Pages / Adult Fiction / Romance
As the awkward misfit, Courtney Watson may not be as together as her sisters, but she excels at one thing – keeping secrets, including her white-hot affair with a sexy music producer. Planning her mother’s wedding exposes her startling hidden life, changing her family’s view of her – and how she views herself – forever. When Sienna’s boyfriend proposes – in front of her mum, sister, for crying out loud – he takes her by surprise. She already has two broken engagements under her belt. Should this free spirit say ‘I do’ even is she’s not sure she does? Rachel thought love would last forever…right up until her divorce. As her mum’s wedding day dawns near and her ex begs for a second chance, she’s forced to acknowledge some uncomfortable truths about why her marriage failed, and decide is she’ll let pride stand in the way of her own happily-ever-after.
The Siren / Kiera Cass / Harper Collins / 2016 / ISBN 9780008157937 / 327 pages / Young Adult
The Siren by Kiera Cass is the first book I have read by Kiera Cass. I have seen her books all over the place but haven’t picked them up just yet. I brought this one at the recommendation of a friend and am so glad that I did finally pick up a book by Kiera Cass. The Siren is about sirens of course, but it is more than that. It is about love and friendship, family and loss. The book follows one particular siren Kahlen, a combination of Ellen and Katlyn and her journey as she nears the end of her cycle of being a siren.
A lot happens in this book and this book makes me feel so many different things. At first I was impressed by the writing. It has great world building and great characters. But then I kind of got over a lot of things that happened in the book. I wanted a lot more to happen and when it finally did start to happen the pages were dwindling down too fast. I don’t know if it just the way the book has been written – chronologically or if because I think it should have been written differently – I think the book and the story would have benefited if it started at the end of the story and flashbacked to the start so we could get more of what happens at the end. The names within the book are cute, but I couldn’t pronounce any of them in my head so I kept getting confused in the book about who was who and what they were doing.
I don’t want to put this book down because it is a great book, I just think the author could have changed it up a bit to make it a bit more interesting. I love the love story that is in the book, but it is heartbreaking reading Kahlen fantasies and cry over the same boy when if certain things happened the whole thing could have changed. Don’t get me wrong I think Akinli is great, but another weird name, really?
Anyway, if you like mermaids, mythology, water, love stories, forbidden love, torture, family, friendship in the books you read at a level which is easy and fast to read then The Siren is the book for you.