Orphan Train Book Review

Orphan Train

By Christina Baker Kline

Genre: Historical fiction, young adult

4 out of 5 stars! I really enjoyed reading this book. I particularly liked that it highlighted a little known part of history. In the early 1900′s, orphans were taken by train to various cities to find adoptive homes. However, these homes were not at all screened (how different things are today!). Orphans were mostly “adopted” to do labor for their new “parents.”

This novel switches between the present day and the past. Molly is a foster child in the current day who begins helping an older women, Vivian, clean out her attic for community service hours. Vivian is a former orphan train rider, although Molly doesn’t know it. I would’ve liked to have had a little bit more about Molly’s past story. It was a little vague, compared to Vivian’s. However, I thought it was very interesting for the author to compare and contrast “orphans” in the past and current day. If you’re interested in history or adoption, I would recommend this story. It’s a quick read that keeps your interest.

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I Miss Mummy Book Review

I Miss Mummy

By Cathy Glass

Genre: Non-fiction, memoir

I continue to love Cathy Glass books! Poor little Alice is going to be taken into care when her mother snatches her and takes her into hiding. Luckily, Alice is later returned. As Alice stays with Cathy, Cathy becomes more and more confused about why exactly Alice was taken into care. She seemed to be well-looked after by her mother and grandparents. Social services prepares to have Alice get ready for adoption by her father and new stepmother, who she barely has a relationship with. Alice’s new stepmother is overbearing and overwhelming.

Again, it was so interesting to read about the foster care system in the U.K. Alice was such a sweet little girl to read about and I really came to care for her and her family. The book has a thorough resolution and I’ll be looking on her site for further updates.

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The Note II: Taking a Chance on Love Book Review

The Note II: Taking a Chance on Love

By Angela Hunt

Genre: Christian Fiction

This might get 2.5/5 stars. I haven’t read the first book for years, so I had forgotten most of it. I don’t know if that influenced my reading of the second book or not. This book is kind of interesting because it’s a sequel to the movie more than to the book. Angela explains in her afterword that she changed a name and location, but that’s it. I wish that explanation had been in the beginning of the book, though. I could see how people could get confused if they’d just read the first book. This story is about Peyton and Kingston’s continuing relationship and her difficulty to commit.

The investigation that Peyton is doing in this story isn’t nearly as interesting or in-depth as the first one (from what I remember). This story just felt so short to me. Every time a problem came up, I never had the opportunity to actually be worried about it before it was resolved. I didn’t really care about the characters because I didn’t feel like I had enough time to get to know them. It wasn’t a bad book, it just wasn’t that interesting or engaging. I would recommend only reading this book if you’ve just read the first one. Otherwise, it falls short.

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After You (Me Before You #2) Review

After You (Me Before You #2)

By JoJo Moyes

Genre: Literary Fiction

Did Me Before You need a sequel? Probably not. Did I enjoy reading a sequel? Yes, I did. I didn’t enjoy it as much as the original; it had a very different feel. However, I enjoyed reading it for the sake of nostalgia. I really liked the main character of Louisa in the first book and I wanted to see her find happiness.

In the same vein as the first book, Will choosing to end his life was neither celebrated nor vilified. It was left up to the reader’s judgement. With any kind of death, planned suicide or not, there are repercussions that touch multiple lives. Louisa traveled around Europe, but now she has to get back to real life and she doesn’t know where to go from here. She is working in an airport bar and living in a flat paid for my Will’s estate when she has a tragic accident and has to return to her roots. After this, she starts attending a grief support group and meets a man she may be interested in if she can stop seeing Will’s ghost everywhere. Someone from Will’s past also emerges and becomes a huge part of Louisa’s life.

I loved catching up with Louisa, her crazy yet lovable family, and the Trainors. I also like the new love interest a lot. I thought there were a lot of beautiful ideas and quotes about grief and closure in this story. This book was more melancholic than the last one, even though it didn’t deal with such a serious subject, because the humor with Will was gone. But the book had a really realistic tone. I actually felt like it was set up for a third book really well and so I hope she writes one!

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This Last Kiss Book Review and Giveaway

Last Kiss

This Last Kiss

By Madeleine Reiss

Genre: Literary Fiction, Women’s Fiction

Book Summary:

Rora Raine is finally coming home to Hastings, twelve years after she left her grief-stricken father, and fled the love of her life, Carl.

Struggling to support her bright but troubled daughter, Rora has convinced herself she’ll never love again.

When she meets a bumblingly charming stranger, Rora’s heart begins to thaw.

Try as she might, she can’t run from true love forever.

Funny, warm-hearted and soaringly romantic, This Last Kiss is the redemptive story of two star-crossed lovers, told through each kiss they share.

Book Review:

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was an unexpected delight! It was a little bit of romance, a little bit of relationship drama, and a little bit of finding yourself and finding closure. Rora comes back home to take care of her father, who is close to death. She and her father have had a difficult past and he’s never even met her daughter, Ursula. Rora takes her daughter with her to rescue her from the bullying problems of her old school. She is also worried about running into Carl, her former boyfriend. The book flashes between Rora’s past with Carl and the present day. This book also places a huge emphasis on kisses, seen by the book and chapter titles. It was a unique way to categorize things.

This story was extremely heartwarming. There were so many intricate relationships explored- Rora and her father, Ursala and Rora, Ursala and her grandfather, Rora and Carl, Rora and her new friend Krystof, and more relationships that I can’t share without giving spoilers. I loved seeing these relationships grow and change. This book was also full of character development. I loved following Rora’s journey from beginning to end. There were interesting turns and revelations throughout the book. It had great pacing. I would highly recommend this book to fans of women’s fiction!

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