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[Book review] A Home for Christmas

Dr Janice Thornton leads a lonely life, especially during Christmas. She finds herself at the doorstep of her mother’s childhood home, at the request of her uncle, to find Blake Ferguson, a handsome bachelor. Could she find happiness in taking over her uncle’s medical practice at Angel Ridge?

The story unfolds as Janice explores her uncle’s medical practice to see if she could leave behind what she knows and start afresh, and carpenter Blake goes about trying to win Janice over and finds himself having to dismantle the walls she has built around herself. The magic of Angel Ridge work between the pair and the outcome remains to be seen.

This book receives a 3/5 star rating.

The story of two lonely souls who come together over Christmas and find love and happiness is great for a light read over the holidays. The town of Angel Ridge is a beautiful setting for a Christmas romance, with the town’s angels casting their magic. Watching Janice and Blake bond over the Christmas lights is a treat indeed.

Despite the cute romance, however, there are quite a few qualms about Blake’s character. It is understandable that he has issues with his family, but he comes across as a bit of an abuser. For instance, his anger at Janice for spending time with her dying patients is quite unjustified, and Blake is shown to have expressed this anger on more than one occasion. His grudge on his brother too flared up towards the end of the story, when Blake’s brother came to Janice asking for help since his wife had taken ill. Following this, Blake began to beat him up and called his supposed love interest names without even asking for justification. This was an impulsive and brash move on Blake’s part, and it was disappointing to see that the fight was not even shown to have been resolved fruitfully.

All in all, A Home for Christmas is great for a light read, but does not contain a lot of thought-provoking instances.

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Book Reviews: 13 Little Blue Envelopes & The Last Little Blue Envelope

2¢ worth: I don’t smoke. These books have nothing to do with smoking. But I feel like I smoked them because I just about inhaled them. From the moment I opened book one (13 Little Blue Envelopes) and read the first letter that kicks off Ginny’s journey through Europe, I was hooked. I had to know. I had to know where she went, what she would find, and what happened to her vibrant 35-year-old aunt. Book one moves really fast, bouncing from city to city and letter to letter. It’s quick but not choppy. Ginny is on a mission and it was almost impossible for me to put down. Book two (The Last Little Blue Envelope) was more about closure. More about Ginny going back (more mature and sure of herself this time) to finish things that she had started and get answers. Would I recommend these? Absolutely. Try book one when you need something fast and fun. Then if you’re like me and don’t want to fill in the blanks on your own, grab book two.

Word to the wise: Book one was initially meant to stand alone so it very well can if you don’t wish to go on. Book two needs to book one.

Whippersnappers: While there is no sex or foul language, there is some minor mentions to sexuality, sexual orientation, nudity, drugs, and death. There was also one dicey scene in book one where I held my breath until Ginny was out safely.

Wrapping: The girl on the covers is just too put together and cool for me. She’s pretty but doesn’t suit my mental image of the shy slightly-nerdy Ginny. That was (especially in book one) part of her charm.

Wondering: Ginny gets to visit some pretty amazing places. So I’m wondering, what city is #1 on your list of places to see?

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Reasons Why You Should Read Love Like the Movies

1. Think about your favourite rom-com (romantic comedy). Now think about what makes it your favourite. Maybe it’s the tension, humour, or romance? Now take all those reasons and pour them into a book cover. Don’t forget to sprinkle in a bit of madcap and some super aww moments. Close the lid, shake it good, and read it. That’s what you get with Love Like the Movies.

2. Have you ever seen any of these movies? Well, Kenzi in Love Like the Movies has to reenact scenes from these films. Nice right?

3. Basically Love Like the Movies is awesome. It’s romcom for the rom-com lover’s soul. If you’re like me and have fallen behind on romantic comedies, don’t fret. Most of the film references, as you see above, are from when Kenzi was younger.

Wee Print: There are mentions to infidelity, a few minor profanities, and one sweet undetailed sex scene.

Well said:

  • “The world doesn’t always make sense, but in a good romantic comedy, I’m guaranteed a happily ever after.”
  • “Some people require subtitles.”
  • “Choosing is the act of living with purpose.”
  • “Just like Cinderella: it always comes back to the shoes.”
  • “I hear Patrick Swayze’s line from Dirty Dancing. No one puts Baby in a corner. And nobody puts Kenzi in a tire. Or a marriage. Or their version of what my life should be.”
  • “Lauren’s friend in the movie says, Don’t choose the better man, choose the man who makes you a better woman.”

Warning/Side effects: Reading Love Like the Movies may make you…

  1. Miss video stores
  2. Reignite your forgotten passion for romantic comedies
  3. Wish you too could reenact movie scenes
  4. Hope someone turns this into the best rom-com movie ever
  5. Itch to rewatch all these movies and then some

Now go buy this book then come back and tell me which from the list is your favourite and who would play you in the movie version of your life? I’m thinking America Ferrera for me but I’m not sure who could play Mr Whimsy.

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Book Review: Across The Universe by Beth Revis

When you first come across the title “Across The Universe”, you immediately know that this book is definitely out of this world, like literally. You immediately start picturing aliens, spaceships, astronauts and all that kind of stuff. Well, a spaceship is definitely there. Even though you might not get much in terms of astronauts and aliens, some spaceship romance might make up for that a little.

For a super-hyped sci-fi, dystopian, YA novel, there isn’t much room left for the imagination. You may run short of Ahaa! Moments since most of the twists and turns we have encountered before. Let’s see; an unfortunate situation arises, boy meets girl, boy saves the girl, the boy helps the girl to try and figure out what went wrong, sounds familiar?

But then again, that doesn’t mean that it is all boring and mundane. One aspect of the society that this book clearly brings out is racial profiling. You will definitely relate to Amy on this. As for Eldest and Elder, that is a story for another day. This book deserves a 4 out of 5 ratings based on the strong moral awareness it posses.