January 31, 2014

Reviewing "Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl" by N.D. Wilson

"Notes From the Tilt-A-Whirl" by N.D. Wilson is a celebration of language .  It is written in a format that combines stream of consciousness with poetry and drama.  Wilson views the world as a work of art created by God, the Artist, and he delves deeply into various subjects and topics from the point of view of seeing something for the first time, taking it all in, and appreciating the intricacies of the beautifully created world around us. He warns the reader from the beginning that this is not an ordinary book, and he is correct about that.
I agree with Wilson that the world is a vastly beautiful work of art, filled with drama, joy and pain.  I appreciate his master of the English language and his use of words to paint a picture for the reader. That said, I had a hard time getting through it.  I'm familiar with this format of writing and was excited to get into it, but I found myself rereading portions over and over and having a hard time concentrating and figuring out exactly where he was going.  At times, I wasn't sure what he was talking about.  But I don't want to discourage anyone from reading this book because I think I just wasn't the right target audience.  Many, many people have fallen in love with this book and I am in the minority. I would encourage you to check it out and let me know your take on the whole thing.

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January 1, 2014

Reviewing "The Double Wedding Ring"

     I grew up reading the "Nancy Drew Mystery" books. I don't know if you could call it "reading" actually, it might be more appropriate to call it "consuming".   My parents would pick up a pile of those books for me either from the library or the bookstore, and I would relegate myself to my bedroom for days on end finishing one book after the other.  Throw in a couple "The Babysitters Club" books and I was one enthralled kid.
    There's something about the way Clare O'Donohue writes, and the characters she creates that brings me back to that time. Each book in the "Someday Quilts Mystery series" has a puzzle that needs to be solved, and along the way you come to love the characters and care about what happens to them.  They are quick, fun reads and I'm always left wanting more.  "The Double Wedding Ring" did not disappoint and I think I finished it in about two days. The story grabs you from the beginning and keeps you in suspense until the very end.
    The underlying plot which sets the stage for the book involves wedding planning and romance, but the suspense comes when Nell Fitzgerald is once again called to solve a murder mystery. Well, not exactly "called" but "compelled" to solve it.  If you've read any of the "Someday Quilts Mystery" series you know what I'm talking about, and if you haven't read any of them and you grew up enjoying the same kind of books I did, I suggest you start reading right away.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Plume/Penguin Group in exchange for an honest review.