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Showing posts from March, 2014

Confessions of a Hostie by Danielle Hugh

After reading this book, I can guarantee that you will find it extremely difficult to be unsympathetic to flight attendants! Nasty customers, constant health problems and long absences from family and friends are just some of the problems that they have to deal with. In some cases, Danielle even got into dangerous situations when passengers became violent.

In spite of all this, the book is light-hearted and easy to read. Yes, perhaps the glamorous side does make up for the pain. The luxury hotels and shopping are a few of the perks.

Tweethearts by Nicole Haddow

A social networking diva, a hip-hopping man and a villainous boss. What could be better? This story of Jemima, a pretty and charming magazine writer, and her many scrapes was great fun. Jemma has a secret Twitter account with thousands of followers and she is in love with her sensitive and kind flat mate. But how does he feel about her? And what parts do a top model and a handsome doctor play?

This was a sweet story and a fun romance in a very Australian setting. I especially enjoyed the details about working on a magazine and in reality TV. I am looking forward to reading more books by Nicole Haddow.

Dear Abigail by Diane Jacobs

This is a moving and dramatic history about feisty Abigail Adams who had to endure the trials of war, the deaths of babies, and long periods of solitude when her husband was away. It is mostly about the strong and enduring bond between Abigail and her sisters Elizabeth and Mary, however.

I enjoyed reading about the various people in Abigail's extended family, such as her imperious daughter, and their stories so much that I felt that they'd become friends and I didn't want the book to end. Abigail is endlessly fascinating, and I'd love to read several books about her.

The Republic of Love by Carol Shields

Carol Shields is regarded as the new Jane Austen, and I can see why after reading this book with its sharp observations about modern life and touches of comedy. However, I also found that it paints a grim picture of being a singleton in America. Although I liked the main characters, I thought that they were surprisingly jaded and old for their years.

I was also surprised by a very nasty character in the book who swore at a man for dropping her after one date. However, there probably are lots of women like that around.

I especially enjoyed reading about mermaids - find out why when you read the book!

Twilight of the Belle Époque by Mary McAuliffe

This book is a delight for lovers of the Edwardian age. Full of tales about Proust, Matisse, Picasso and other luminaries of the age, it is a fascinating look at Belle Époque Paris. I also liked learning about lesser-known characters, such as Madame Cheruit.

The only flaw was that there is just so much information to absorb. The book is too much like a textbook at times.