Mr. Rochester, by Sarah Shoemaker

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It’s no secret… I love Jane Eyre. You can flip over to my blog post on Jane to refresh yourself if you need to! Everything about the book is just wonderful, and on top of that the Bronte’s are fascinating to me. So when I saw Mr. Rochester, by Sarah Shoemaker, I was put into a bookish trance at Chapters. I had been putting off buying this book for awhile, but every time I went into the bookstore and saw this beautiful book I picked it up… I opened the book up and devoured a couple pages, until I just finally bought.

This book was an investment piece for me!! It was not cheap $35.00 CA, but I just had to own this book. 1) This cover is beautiful. 2) The pages are deckled and feel so classic. 3) It’s fan fiction on my most favourite classic. Enough said.

Mr. Rochester is a coming of age story of one of the most famous fictional male characters of all time. We all know the Edward Fairfax Rochester that Jane had fallen in love with. But the premise of this novel is how Edward from beginning to end became the way he is, and the thoughts behind haughty, complex character we all are familiar with.

It starts off with an introduction to Edward’s first memories of his mother who had died during birth. He introduces you to his father, his brother, and most of all Thornfield-Hall. From the very beginning you see what a lonely childhood Edward had, and how he yearned to be loved while he spent his time discovering Thornfield-Hall. At the age of eight his father ships him off to a boarding school to get an education, sending him away from everyone and everything he had ever known.

Without thinking, I reached my arms around her waist for the hug that I had so often hoped for, she held me tight, her cheek against my hair for a moment, and it was all I could do to keep from crying as I lost what I had barely known I had.

From here starts a journey that shapes Edward into the man he becomes, from early jobs, to Jamaica, to the women he seduces. In my mind, Edward is a stud!! He’s complex, intelligent, and downright sexy. During his time in Jamaica he meets Antoinetta Bertha Mason, who forever changes his path, and he marries the “madwoman” unbeknownst to him that she is.

Then… I hope you are familiar with the story of how Jane and Mr. Rochester fell in love, but if you aren’t you will have to read it to find out. And my friends, if you are familiar with this love story, then re-reading it from his perspective is an absolute game changer.

I’m not going to lie to you, in Jane Eyre, when you read that iconic line;

Reader, I married him.

I was so mad. I thought Jane could be the ultimate independent woman, and that she could do better than Edward Fairfax Rochester. BUT, now reading his side of story… I believe she made the best choice. The way that Edward describes Jane in this independent, spunky, witty manner makes a reader fall in love with with her all over again.

She had saved my life in more ways than she knew. I would keep Bertha a secret from her, no matter what. I would do whatever I must to not lose Jane Eyre.

Sarah Shoemaker did an amazing job of capturing the spirit of a classic novel, while keeping it so readable. Even the pace of Mr. Rochester matched the pace of Jane Eyre. I found both of these novels to have a slow, and steady beginning that introduced you to the characters and why their behaviours were in place. Then as you got to know the characters, and began to root for their future, the pace seemed to pick up to an unforgettable ending.

You guys, I have to tell you this book gave me all the feels. This is such a great coming of age story, but the love story takes the cake for me. It’s so beautifully written that it brought me to tears. I loved every second of reading this novel, and if you decide to pick up, I hope you have the same experience!

And there is Jane, my dearest heart, who walks with me and reads to me and talks and laughs with me and teases, and sometimes slides down the banister when no one is about, and who calls me “Edward” every day of my life.

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But please, do me a favour and first read Jane Eyre… then pick up Mr. Rochester. I feel like either book could stand alone and a reader would be 100% satisfied at the end. BUT, if you want to feel 1000% satisfied read Jane Eyre first.

Okay, enough of me gushing over this book. Till next time…happy reading, bookish friends!!

 

How to start listening to Podcasts!

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If you know me in real life, or online… you know I am a huge fan of Podcasts. I’ve been listening to them for a couple of years now, and am always astounded by the amount of people who look at me like they have no idea what I’m talking about when I bring them up!

Podcasts have enchanced my reading life immensely, and I am always passing on great episodes that I have listened to on my Instagram stories @readingontherun. I love to hear an author’s insight to why they wrote a book, or listen to people discuss a recent book I’ve read as well. It feels almost like an online book club!

The many ways they have affected my daily living like I said before is getting book recommendations, learning, feeling a sense of community (online), and making the tasks of daily living just fly by as I listen to an episode. Being currently on maternity leave, I find listening to certain Podcasts make me feel like I’m not so alone in my thoughts or space when I can relate to the topic of conversation.

What is a Podcast??

A Podcast is a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to your computer, or mobile device. There are a huge magnitude of categories and topics that are covered. And typically they are a series, featuring new installments which can be received automatically by subscribers.

How to get started??

So…. First off, the first questions I always get about Podcasts is, “how do I get them?” All you have to do is download a Podcast app! I just listen to the Apple Podcast app, but I know that there are many other apps to tune in on. Examples of a few are, SoundCloud, PodcastOne, Stitcher, and Overcast.  Once you have downloaded an app, the possibilities are endless!

Here are a couple ways to find Podcasts that you are interested:

  • Scroll through the Top Charts (in the menu at the bottom of the screen) . Read through the descriptions of each Podcast, and maybe download a couple that you think you may be in to.
  • If you are in Top Charts or Featured section of the menu, you will also see a Categories button that you can click on in your left hand top corner. Once you click on it, check out all the different categories!!! So exciting, because within the categories there are subcategories!
  • Try just searching a topic that interests you. Sometimes after I’ve finished a novel, I just search the novel, and see if there are any podcasts that have discussions on it.
  • Lastly, when you start listening to Podcasts you will learn about more!
  • One important note: If you like a couple of the Podcast episodes, maybe you want to subscribe. Just hit the subscribe button and you get the Podcasts uploading as they are putting out a new episode. Just make sure you download them when you are connected to wifi to save data.

If you check out my Podcasts I’m Loving page, I have left you a TON of Podcasts that I adore. Because I have a multitude of interests the topics that they are covering range widely, but they are all really enjoyable and I never get sick of listening to them!

Anywho, let me know if you are a fan of Podcasts as well, and which ones you listen to!

Happy reading (and listening), bookish friends!

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

Hey bookish friends!! Off the hop, I just want to thank you all again for reading and any new followers that have joined. I am having a blast, and hope you find some books that you enjoy!

I picked up Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple at my favourite place to buy books, which is the Peterborough Vinnie’s. It’s amazing, and if you live in the area, YOU NEED TO GO! Seriously, it’s all sorted by alphabetical order, the books are relevant and very well priced. Like $1, $2, $3, well priced! Anywho, I kept hearing about this book on numerous podcasts and how great it was. Then I reached out to friends about what book I should read next on my cottage weekend, and Bernadette won the vote by an overwhelming amount of numbers.

What you need to know about this book:

  • It’s written in a different format. Maria Semple pieces together emails, letters, and personal thoughts to tell this story.
  • Maria Semple used to write for Mad About You, Ellen, and Arrested Development.
  • It’s a lighter, beachy read.
  • It’s pretty funny at parts.
  • The ending did not end up tying up all the loose ends.

So now that I’ve told you these pieces of information, here’s a quick synopsis of it. You are first introduced to the smart, sassy, 15 year old Bee whose reward for her amazing report card is a family trip to Antarctica. Her agoraphobic mother, Bernadette Fox, goes into planning the most perfect, well planned trip. Important note here, Bernadette was a very successful architect at one point in her career. When something had gone horribly wrong, Bernadette gave up her career, and arguably herself. Bee’s father, who is a Microsoft big wig, is rarely home because of his demanding job, but has a big love for his family.

Upon the arrival of the Antarctica trip family drama climaxes, and Bernadette vanishes. Bee is left picking up the pieces of her mother’s disappearance. She pieces together receipts, emails, letters, invoices, and conversations to try to figure out why and where her mother has gone.

Hmmm… I’m going to be honest. I think since I’ve started this blog I have genuinely liked or loved every book I’ve read. I’m a pretty generous reader, in that I usually can connect with some part of any book. Another reason why I usually like most books I read is that I’m pretty careful about ones that I decide to read. But for some reason, I did not like this book!! At about 150 pages into I was debating whether I should keep on reading it, and I decided to only so I can talk about it here.

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Here’s my reasons for not liking this book:

  •   Audrey… why pick the nicest name in the world to be your villian??? (My daughter’s name is Audrey)
  • The format was just too all over the place for me to really sink into the book.
  • Bernadette did not like Canadians!!!!!
  • I did not like one character in this book, they all lacked any depth for me to cling on to them.
    • The humour was funny, but it just wasn’t enough to keep me interested.

I recognize that A LOT of work goes into writing a novel, and that every reader is different. So this book was just not for me. I think that if you were looking for a funny, fast-paced, beach read, this novel would be for you. Some of the lines were hysterically funny! Bernadette just despises the people of Seattle, and this is one line that had me cracking up;

Of course, the “Race for the Root” was a triathlon, because God forbid you should ask one of these athletic do-gooders to partake in only one sport per Sunday.

But, in all honesty, the one-liners sprinkled throughout this book were not enough to turn around my opinion of it. I also think that when you don’t like a book, maybe it is just not the right time to read it for you.

One other thing that made me feel less than enthusiastic to tell people to read Where’d You Go, Bernadette? was the ending did not at all feel resolved to me. I closed the book, and wondered… okay, but what will happen next to these characters? Will there be a sequel? I was so confused.

So bookish friends, you can’t win them all, but onward and upwards. Have you read this book? I’d love to hear what your thoughts were on it.

Happy reading!

All is Beauty Now, by Sarah Faber

 

all-is-beauty-now-pic.jpgI received this beautiful book as an ARC from Little Brown. And come on… that cover is gorgeous!!! It will be released tomorrow, August 8th. I was lucky enough to read this book alongside a couple other bloggers @readvoraciously and @theloudlibrarylady.

This book was definitely a slow burner for me. It was a  slower paced book, until about halfway through… Then it was like the author threw some gasoline on that fire, and the pace of it just picked up. All is Beauty Now is Sarah Faber’s debut novel, and when I found out  that she was Canadian I got pretty excited. She is originally from Toronto, and now living in Cape Breton! Oh, Canada!!

A quick synopsis of this book… it follows the well-off Maurer family, who after raising a family in picturesque Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is getting ready make a hopeful move to a more frigid climate in Canada. In preparation to this move, their family is shocked with the disappearance of one of their family member’s days before their departure.

Honestly, I love a book that involves family drama. Sometimes I get exhausted by books that have elaborate themes, and schemes, because daily living can really be dramatic enough to entertain just about everyone. And I always find the inner workings of a family so interesting. If you are also someone who likes these types of books, I think you will enjoy this one. It’s also very thick with some interesting psychological twists, which again I find really intriguing… especially when an author can just nail what is going on in each character’s head so clearly.

Hugo and Dora Maurer are husband and wife, and the parents to three daughters. The eldest, Luiza, right before they are planning to depart to Canada goes for a swim when she is at the beach with her two sisters… and disappears. The family decides to postpone their trip, and presumes that Luiza is dead and try to move on. Without the resolution of finding her body, the whole family is haunted by the fact that no one really knows what has happened to Luiza.

Hugo suffers from manic depression, and although at times is incapable of being loving, he has a deep love for his family. Dora, who was and still is a beautiful woman, is very tired of having to be the strong one in this family unit. She has dealt with husband’s illness for over 20 years, and to a reader it seems that she also grieves the loss of the man she once knew. Then there are their daughters, Madga, and Evie. These two girls are trying to work out their feelings of their sister’s disappearance, but they are stuck with two parents who can’t help them.

Luiza, was a beauty like her mother, and was very much her father’s caretaker, cheerleader, and voice of reason. She understood him, and thought he was a genius with his creative thoughts. Although it is hard for her to see that the creative thoughts, and endless energy spurts, are followed by a very dark low. Poor Hugo finds himself looking for her face everywhere, and trying to find the real story of what happened at the beach that day.

Dora, the mother, it seems is also drowning. The pressure of protecting their family image, her reputation, and propelling their family unit forward seems to be crushing her. At first her character is very unlikable, but you start to realize that Hugo’s mental illness isn’t just his battle, it’s their family’s. I was so frustrated with Dora because she seemed to stop caring for the two younger daughter’s Madga, and Evie. These two girls were also feeling ripped apart by their sister’s disappearance, and just had no guidance on how to deal with it.

I think that Sarah Faber does a great job of managing the high highs, and the low lows of Hugo’s manic depression. The book is told through the eyes of each family member, and I like a book that tell several sides of the story. It shows the reader an unbiased view of what is really going on, and it almost seemed that you were watching this family from outside their window. Seeing what was really going on behind their closed doors, instead of the pretty picture that they (Dora mostly) tried to depict in public.

The one theme in this novel that really stood out to me was the projection of appearance. Dora had tried to create these three beautiful girls, whom were from her beautiful self. She wanted everyone to believe that what they had was picture perfect, and yet it was a far from that as it could be. And in today’s society of social media, the projection of a certain appearance can be so deceiving. Someone can post beautiful pictures, and seem completely captivating… but remember it’s just a projection of who they want people to see them as.

So bookish friends… that’s pretty much all I have to say about this book. If you need a plot that really propels you forward… this one’s probably not for you. Again, it’s a slow burn, and even at the end I was left wondering what happened.

Until next time, happy reading!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Imam of Tawi-Tawi, by Ian Hamilton

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Hey bookish friends, before I get started I just wanted to say a big thank you for following and all new subscribers out there. If you are enjoying this, please do me a favour and subscribe! Maybe tell a friend, or two as well.

I received The Imam of Tawi-Tawi as an ARC from Ian Hamilton, and House of Anansi Press, which I am so grateful for! This most recent addition to the series will be released in January, 2018.

The Ava Lee series is close to my heart. A couple years ago, my Dad phoned me to tell me he had just heard a session on Canada AM… which sadly, no longer exists… that was all about Ian Hamilton, and his Ava lee Series.  At first, I was reluctant to pick up the first book called The Water Rat of Wanchai. This genre is just not one that I usually gravitate towards, but I decided to put it on the hold at the library and give it a chance. And was I ever glad that I did!!  First off, it was so fun to bond with my Dad over these books. We would talk for hours about the characters, the plots, and the parts that we loved. But when it comes down to it, these books are the bomb. They are jet setting, page turning, and character building. I just love them, and have for years… I have actually bought these books for tons of people to try to get them started on the series just so we could talk about them!

In a nutshell, I would describe these novels as Louise Penny meets The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Ava  Lee is a Canadian-Chinese woman, who is a forensic accountant chasing down BIG, dirty money debts. She is fiercely independent, intelligent, and downright bad ass. These books have absolutely everything that I love about a fiction novel. Ava’s hometown is Toronto which feels so close to home, but because she chases these big debts literally around the world… a reader feels like they are travelling alongside her. She is such a strong character that you are often left sitting at the edge of your seat, with that feeling that you just need to know where this story is going. And lastly, where my comparison to Louise Penny comes in is that the characters are so well-thought out. You really start to feel like you are with these characters, feeling their emotions, and growing with their relationships. This series is so addictive, in the beginning you get this very strong, hard to crack woman. As the series progresses, you see how deeply layered Ava is, and how her character continues to grow with her experiences.

Another reason I connect with Ava is that she is basically my spirit animal!!! She is a runner, and not just a jogger, she really runs. How Hamilton describes the way she runs, is perfect to a tee. The details he adds are EXACTLY the things that go through a runner’s head, so I can appreciate this little detail that he pays so close to. She is also a fan of a glass (or two) of wine… which is something that I will NEVER turn down. She’s also just a petite, little thing. And all my life, I’ve been living by the motto… small, but mighty, my friends!

The Water Rat of Wanchai (Ava Lee Series Book 1)

OKAY…  Just so you know the book directly beside this (The Water Rat of Wanchai) is where the first book in the series. And, another little tidbit about me is that I am a big believer in starting at the beginning of a series. So now that I’ve given you a good enough lead up to why you all need to pick up these great series, I’m going to talk about the most recent Ian Hamilton book that comes out in January 2018.

The story line of the Imam of Tawi-Tawi starts off where the last the book, The Courtier of Milan, left off. While she is spending a very fun couple nights with a new love interest, she gets a an urgent phone call from (my beloved Uncle’s oldest friend) Chang Wang.

Chang Wang practically begs Ava, with very little information, to fly to Manila to meet with his friend. His friend is Senator Ramirez, who asks Ava to investigate what exactly is going on at a local college. This college is based in Tawi-Tawi which Ramirez thinks that they are training terrorists, but seems to know very little about it and want to put her in touch with The Brotherhood. Ava reluctantly agrees to take the case, but is still very much left in the dark about what is exactly going on. When Ava starts to peel back the layers of this case, she finds a horrifying event that will have national effects, and she also finds that herself torn about what exactly is the right thing to do morally in this case.

I think what I loved most about this Ava Lee novel was that you really are starting to see what is going on deep down inside Ava. You see her get emotional about the case, and what has happened in it, but you also see her start to feel pangs of what may be a more invested relationship.

If you have ever read an Ava Lee novel, you probably have heard of “Uncle”. He was Ava’s mentor, and partner in their business. He groomed her to become the best investigator that she could be… albeit she had a lot of the qualities, just needed to perfect them. The reason I bring this up is that, you hear a lot about Uncle in this novel. And like I said earlier, Uncle is my beloved… he’s a great character, who also is super badass!

Ian Hamilton also just seems like such a great guy. When I first started reading this series I reached out to Ian to tell him how much I loved Ava, and the series, and that my Dad and I were enjoying the discussions that came from it. And I was pleasantly surprised to get an email back from him. I’ve also listened to The Next Chapter, CBC Radio’s Podcast, when Ian Hamilton was a guest and he talks about how the story originated for him. I suggest listening to it, and you will most likely agree with my opinion.

I heard a great point this week about reading… and it was that instead of reading purely for the plot, read to appreciate each word, and the work that goes into the structure of a story, a chapter, and a sentence. Then you can really start to enjoy reading. And that’s what I love about Ian Hamilton’s writing, I can really appreciate every word of his work, as well as the plot, because it’s so enjoyable.

So now, PLEASE do me a favour and pick up this series… I will remind you when The Imam of Tawi-Tawi is released so you can go out and get it!

 

The Story of a New Name

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This book gave me all kind of feels… although figuring out how it made me feel seems so daunting. This book is so full of emotion for me, it’s dark, it’s haunting, and it’s addicting. This is the second book in a series, following My Brilliant Friend. I wasn’t overly excited about the first book until the very end, and when my friend  recommended The Story of a New Name over on Instagram (@the_bookish_mom) I picked it up. The Story of a New Name had me hooked from about 30 pages in… it literally went everywhere with me. If I was best describing these books it would be if you took Anne of Green Gables, meets Angela’s Ashes… with a big, dark, gloomy cloud overhead.

What you need to know before reading:

  • It has been translated from Italian.
  • Elena Ferrante, the author, is actually a pen-name, and no one knows who the real author is!
  • There are 4 books in this series, and this is the second one.
  • People seem to either love it, or hate it.
  • HBO has recently bought the rights to a 32 part mini-series of these novels.

This series is the story of a friendship between two “frenemies”. Elena who is the narrator, and her lifelong friend Lila. We left off from the last novel at Lila’s wedding (at the age of 16), on a bit of a cliffhanger. The Story of a New Name, picks right up from that wedding moving into what seemed a perfect, happy ending for Lila, into a dark, abusive marriage. Lila has clearly married for power, money, and to climb that social ladder… not for love. From here ensures the story of these two females, and how their decisions and life paths differ. Neither woman is complete without the other, and their friendship is similar to a braided rope. It’s just so intertwined that one cannot be complete without the other… even if it’s toxic.

Elena, as the narrator, is self-deprecating and sees herself as always second best to the captivating Lila. She has decided to stay in school, regardless of where her friend’s path has taken her. What I love about Elena is that even though sometimes she wishes she could be Lila, deep down inside she knows that she is better than the antics and “Keeping up with the Jones'” attitude. Elena, of the two is selfless, giving up her feelings continually to please Lila. But these actions do not go without RESENTMENT. This word… resentment, seems to be a word that I could not get out of my head this whole novel. When Elena starts to embrace herself, the reader sees that Elena is capable and becomes much bigger than she ever believed.

I said to myself every day: I am what I am and I have to accept myself; I was born like this, in this city, with this dialect, without money; I will give what I can, I will take what I can, I will endure what has to be endured.

Then there is Lila. Ahhhh Lila, where do I begin! She is the most complicated, frustrating character I think I have ever encountered in a book. As a reader you feel sorry for her in this abusive, destructive environment, and Ferrante has you convinced that you are beginning to like her. Then in a swift moment, it shifts, and you see this awful human being deep down inside of her clawing to get out. What Ferrante has brilliantly accomplished with Lila is that how capable someone is of both good and bad, and that one really goes without the other. There are moments in this book that I found myself captivated, like every character in these novels, with Lila… almost under her spell, and then the next moment you just want to throw the book because shes so terrible.

I saw her standing beside the bonfire, without the shape of a woman in that outfit, as she leafed through the pages of the Blue Fairy. Suddenly she threw it on the fire.

One thing that interested me during this novel was how Ferrante described the differences of class between the Italians. If you have read these books, you already know that the word “dialect” is used very frequently. I was so interested after I read these books that I got on Google, and had to know what this was all about and what the importance of “dialect” was in Italian culture. Well, bookish friends, here’s what I learned… Italian wasn’t actually spoken as the country’s language until 1861, after the Italian Unification. Before, each city, and province had it’s own dialect which is still very prevalent today. It seemed to me that in Ferrante’s novel, dialect had almost been like their version of the caste system. Elena refers to the Neapolitan dialect as being harsher, louder, and “working class” compared to her classmates in Pisa. It also seemed that each dialect was not overly accepting of the other ones, and you never truly lost your beginnings.

So friends, all in all, this book reads like an Italian soap opera. It is wrought with emotion, frustrating, and super addictive. I literally took this book everywhere I went… the treadmill, doctors offices, my friends home, etc.

And for anyone interested… I am going to RUSH out to get the third book in the series, which is Those who Leave, and Those who Stay. Have you read this book? This series? How did you feel about it??

Happy reading!

The Good People, by Hannah Kent

 

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Hello bookish friends!! Just before I get started to talk about this great book, I wanted to let you know that I did receive it as an ARC from Little, Brown and Company, and am so grateful for. I would also like to say a big thank you to new followers that have joined!

Right now I am cuing up some Stevie Nicks, and some Witchy Woman, by The Eagles, to set me in the mood. So light some candles, lower the lights, and maybe make an herbal tea to join me… okay, I’m ready to discuss this novel now!

A couple things I’d like you to keep in mind as I share the synopsis of The Good People are:

  • This is Hannah Kent’s second novel, which follows up the hugely successful Burial Rites.
  • The setting of this novel is very rural Ireland, in 1825.
  • During this time period it was VERY normal to be Catholic, and also believe in fairies. These two faiths were very much intertwined.
  • This novel is based on a true story… in the Author’s Note, Hannah Kent talks about the story that inspired her.
  • Lastly, this book takes place directly before the Irish Potato Famine, which could explain some of the happenings in this book.

This novel opens up by introducing you to Nora, whose husband has just dropped dead while working in a place that the town’s people bury suicides. his death sets up the reader to unfold a bunch of events that the town’s people believe is from the wrath of the fairies. During his wake you are introduced to Michael, Nora’s disabled grandson, whom this story will revolve around as it progresses. At his wake you are also introduced to an eccentric doctress, Nance Roach, who offers her services of lamenting his death. This is just about the same time that the town is starting to divide over their beliefs between Catholicism and folklore.

Nance, who is a woman blessed with the “cure”, is a very interesting character. She is one of the main characters in this novel, and she believes in The Good People (aka… fairies), and she is also the reason the plot keeps driving forward. I loved her process of collecting and creating the herbal medications she used on the community to heal them. For anyone who doesn’t know me in real life… I actually worked on a Herb Farm when I was growing up and found it so interesting!

The last of the main characters is Mary. She has been hired by Nora to look after her grandson, Michael, whom she has no idea is disabled until she meets him. Mary is kind, loving, and bonds with Michael even though everyone around them believes he is a bad omen… a changeling.

As the story unfolds, the community starts to blame Michael, and his being a changeling for the bad happenings in the community. These three women try to help Michael, but it becomes increasingly aware that the horrifying measures they are taking are doing much more harm than good. The fact that this story is based on a true event is just sickening. The novel takes opposing worlds of folklore and religion, and makes you see how easily strayed a being can become in their beliefs.

A couple of things that I loved about this novel was that the structure of the chapters was so unique. Kent had dedicated each chapter to a different herb that was connected to that part of the book. I loved that small, thoughtful detail!

 

Another thing that I loved about this novel was that Kent lends the reader an unbiased view of the event that happens in the novel. From chapter to chapter, I found myself unsure of whose side I was on, and what to believe. Her ability to show each side was successful, and flawless. She mastered the art of allowing a reader to travel back in time to dirt-floored homes, potatoes for every meal, and a folky, mystical vibe. She also introduced the beginnings of a judicial system, with lawyers, trials, and jail. Although this novel could be classified as historical fiction, she also propelled a reader into a thrilling, psychological ride. The last 100 pages I was hanging onto the edge of my seat… I had to know what was going to happen.

Anywho, that’s all for this book. I am not giving away any spoilers in this novel, I guess you will just have to wait till September to read this one! You can pre-order The Good People on Amazon, and through any local Indie Bookstore in your hometown.

Happy reading!