Hi all! I have finished reading two books this month that I want to share with you. But first, speaking of reviews, I am elated to tell you that my own novella Heart of Stone received a five-star review on ReadersFavorite.com. Stay tuned at the bottom of this post for a link to the review and my book.
Now, on with the show. This month I read North Haven by Sarah Moriarty and I listened to the audio version of the five people you meet in heaven by Mitch Albom. I enjoyed both books, but definitely had a favorite.
I received this book quite a while ago as a Kindle First Read with my Prime subscription. North Haven is literary fiction, and every sentence – every word even – is packed with meaning. This story is a peak inside the minds and lives of four adult siblings fighting over whether to keep or sell the lake house they inherited from their late parents. Each character has been shaped by their summers at the lake house in different ways, and they all have strong reasons for their opinions.
I thought North Haven was very well written, but I personally had a hard time identifying with the setting. The many references to sailboats and the region bogged down my enjoyment of the story. I do want to say Moriarty did a wonderful job of developing the characters. I was definitely intrigued by all of them. I would recommend this book for readers who are familiar with New England and the east coast.
I borrowed the audio version of the five people you meet in heaven (read by Erik Singer) from my local library to listen while making the long drive to and from my farm last weekend. I loved this story! I was hooked right away with the whole ‘begin with the end’ tactic. I had no idea what to expect going in because I had never read any reviews of this book before. I really liked the way Albom told the story of Eddie’s life in stages as he progressed through the beginning of heaven.
I definitely recommend this book. It was warm and sad and happy, just to name a few of the emotions. And on a side note, the reading by Erik Singer was great also.
So those are the books I completed this month. As you know from my previous post, I am currently reading Moby Dick. I feel pretty sure I won’t finish until sometime next month, so check back then for my review of the classic.
My own book, Heart of Stone is available exclusively on Kindle. Amy Raines of Readers’ Favorite says “Cannon makes it easy to bond with the characters and feel what they feel as she lays out the plot in a very realistic manner.” Seeing her review of my book made my day yesterday. I was on cloud nine! Here is a link to her full review:
If you are looking for something quick and fun to read between turkey dinner and pumpkin pie, this just might be the thing. I appreciate all readers and all feedback.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Until next month, happy reading and Happy Thanksgiving.