Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino : Book Review

Storyline Rating : 2.5/5 stars

Brief Summary from Goodreads :

When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J.Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.

Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.

That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.

The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?


My Point of View :

I want to review it, but I don’t have the words for it. So I’ll just go straight to what I didn’t like…

The plot is so-so. I hate the characters :

1) Emiline – She complains too much. She couldn’t believe that no one understands her writings. Complains again. She can’t believe that J. Colby wrote HER story first, AFTER she got all angry about J. Colby publishing HER life story to the world. Did I mention that she was advised to write a book about herself (something like a memoir)? She did not want to explore her traumatic past and thus not writing a book based on her life (not even a fictional one). If I have to compare her to something, it’s probably a bottle of shaken Coke that’s probably going to go “Pop” anytime. She holds so much resentment and anger in her, it is a wonder that she have not gone mental. Despite being a character who was once abused, I could not seem to bring out the sympathy that I normally would for an abused character. I guess I just don’t like characters that are TOO whiny (at least she is whiny from my POV).

2) J. Colby aka Jase – He seems kind of TOO happy-go-lucky for a person that promised another that he would find her but didn’t for 12 years. His way of finding Emiline was to write a fictional book with an ending AND a dedication that she didn’t read until months later after she started the book. I mean….how long does it take a talented writer write a book? 12 years? Even plus minus those years I assume he suffers from working and supporting his mother, it’ll probably just take like 6 or 7 years to finally write the book and find Emiline. On top of that, he claims to love Emiline for 12 years but he slept with a LOT of women including his agent. Makes me wonder if he is having sex to get over some problems (you know….like some books where heroes sex his way to oblivion and forgets the world, which Jase definitely did not sound like it).

I don’t normally give bad reviews because I feel bad for not liking the book. Also I tend to stop reading the book, remove it from my TBR list and not even going to bother reviewing it, but I already finished 50% of the book and so…I finished it because I didn’t want to waste my effort. Seriously though, the plot of this book was not as great as the synopsis sounds and the characters are…well….it’s all explained above.

Favorite Quote : None from this book.

Matched by S.E. Hall & Angela Graham : Book Review

Storyline Rating : 4/5 stars

Brief Summary from Goodreads :

Date, Mate, Fate. The reality show like no other.
Celebrity edition.

Eight men and eight women thrown together in paradise, their every move filmed.

Thorough compatibility testing says everyone’s soul mate is here, in the house with them…but would you know “the one” if you saw them?
One thing a computer can’t do is manufacture love. But in this house, anything’s possible.


My Point of View : 

Have you ever watched The Bachelor or The Bachelorette? No? Then how about reading The Selection by Kiera Cass? Matched’s concept is somewhat resembles those reality-dating shows, only the contestants come in pairs (celebrity + one) and they are playing to find their “soulmate”, as well as winning money that will be donated to the contestants’ selected charity. I wasn’t sure who was the main character in the beginning since there’s no mention of characters’ name in the synopsis. There’s a list of casts (contestants) provided before the story begins, but at that point, I still have no idea whose story I’m reading. Long story short, it’s Harlow’s.

It begins with Oakley, Harlow’s first love, asking Harlow to join a reality show with him. One would think they are dating, but really…they have broken up for a few years due to Oakley’s career as a footballer. Harlow is still in love with Oakley and so she join the reality show to help Oakley – his reason of joining the show is for publicity purposes. Throughout the entire show, Harlow learn a lot about herself and gain new friends, but with the drama that comes along with any reality shows….do you think Harlow and Oakley’s relationship is going to last?

Can’t say I didn’t see the ending coming, though I was surprise the computer matched Harlow and Court together. I thought she and Cruz suit each other pretty well. Overall, the story is interesting – which is obvious since I finished it even though the infidelity thing (e.g. one contestant flirt with another, and then sleep with another, end up with an entirely different contestant) is so not normally what I will read when it comes to romance.

Favorite Quote : None from this book.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs : Book Review

Storyline Rating : 4/5 stars

Series : Book 1 in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Brief Summary from Goodreads :

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.
A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.


My Point of View :

I enjoyed reading the novel – surprisingly, since I thought it was paranormal horror genre. The last time I read a horror genre novel (years ago), I had nightmares and lose sleep in the process – (*sigh*) such vivid imaginations I have. Why would I think it’s horror genre, you ask me? Well….the cover is black and white with a creepy looking girl on the cover, you can’t blame me for thinking it’s about some girl haunting some place or maybe some “Conjuring”-like story. That….was until I saw the trailer to the movie. It was nothing like how I thought it would be, it seems like it’s about children with peculiar traits/abilities living on an island protected from monsters that can only be seen by this one boy, Jacob. I really have to stop judging books by its covers – a difficult habit to lose….seriously.

That said AND also finished the first book, it’s still not the kind of book I would normally go for – non-romance. However, I still gave four stars because I love those hauntingly peculiar pictures (apparently they’re real and unedited) that are included into the novel. It helps me imagine the characters better and understand what’s being describe. Even the tone of the writing sounds as hauntingly peculiar as the pictures (not something I can explain, you will just have to read the book if you are interested) – whether it’s intentional or not, it is still a feat.

A bit about the story – Jacob grew up listening to the fantastical tales his grandfather told. But as Jacob grew older, he begin to doubt the credibility of the stories – even when his grandfather showed him pictures. Until his grandfather left him a dying message with his last breath AND Jacob also saw something or rather a monster on the night his grandfather died. Nobody believed Jacob when he told them about the monster he saw, even his parents. Later, Jacob follow his grandfather’s dying message to an island, where he discovers that the tales his grandfather told was….indeed real and he have the same ability his grandfather had – the ability to see hollowgast, which is a type of monster that eats “peculiar” to gain a physical body.

Despite reading the book with no specific expectations in mind, the one thing that I did not expect was time-travelling. There is an alternate timeline to the island where Jacob went, where the same day is repeated again and again for years – a loop. The “peculiar” knows about the loop, but the “commons” repeatedly doing the same thing over and over again not knowing about the loop. I am still confused as to how time continues for Jacob’s original timeline. And I can’t say I understand why there is a loop in the first place, as the children will not age and not allowed to leave the loop for a long period of time or they will die. If they are going to die anyway, they should have died when they should. It’s kind of cruel to keep them from dying but “locked-up” in a “cage”.

At the end of the novel, Jacob and the other “peculiar” children somehow leave the loop to find sanctuary elsewhere under certain circumstances (read the novel to understand, no more spoilers). So, I think I’ll read the series just to see how it all ends. You should probably try reading the novel before watching the movie, as the novel may explain somethings clearer than the movie.
P.S. Miss Peregrine look so much more beautiful in the movie than the book. (*laughs*)

Favorite Quotes : None from this book.

A Game of Chess

There’s a game
We’ve engaged
For years and decades
Unknowingly

Rookie mistakes
One after another
From our youth till we age
Causing constant confusion

Endless rules
Enforced upon us
Follow – we must
Freedom restricted
Are we but a pawn to grammar rules?

Even
The way we speak
The sounds we hear
Scrutinized thoroughly, for –
The power of Queen
Cannot be ignored

Educators, the
Bishop impersonators
Figure of authority
In classrooms, not churches
Imposing rules
Dissecting speech
How do we escape from this eternal hell?

Do we…
Yearn and wait
For Knights in shining armor?
Not the prince variety
It is savior we want
To
Save us
Free us
From this unseen chains

But,
All we can do is –
Take one step at a time
Cautious not to commit crime
Just as the King would do

 Every move taken
Thoughts are given
English is undeniably
A game of chess

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Twisted Bond by Emma Hart : Book Review

Storyline Rating : 4/5 stars

Series : Book 1 in Holly Woods Files

Brief Summary from Goodreads :

Photograph cheating spouses. Hand over the evidence. Cash my check.
That was my plan when I returned home to Holly Woods, Texas, and became a private investigator.
Finding the dead body in my dumpster? Yeah… Given the choice, I think I would have opted out of that little discovery, especially since all three of my brothers are cops. And my Italian grandmother is sure the reason I’m single is because of my job.
Of course, my connection to the victim is entirely coincidental. Until I’m hired by her husband to investigate her murder and shoved bang-smack into the path of Detective Drake Nash. My nemesis, a persistent pain in my ass, and one hell of a sexy son of a bitch.
Shame he still holds a grudge from that time I shot him in the foot twelve years ago, or we could have something. In another life.
So now all I have to do is avoid my nonna’s blind dates, try not to blackmail my brothers into giving me confidential police files, and absolutely do not point my gun at Drake Nash. Or kiss him. Or jump his bones.
All while I hunt down the killer.
Sounds totally simple—until a second body proves that sometimes things that start as coincidences don’t always end up that way…

(Twisted Bond is book one of the Holly Woods Files series and while it does not end in a cliffhanger, it is not a standalone.)


My Point of View :

I read this in the midst of my soon-to-due assignments, I was not suppose to read more than the first chapter – I really meant to read one chapter per day. But after that first paragraph….I couldn’t stop reading. Here,

“I always wanted to be a Bond girl.
When I was seven, I proudly declared to my family that I would one day be beneath Sean Connery on a haystack, a la Pussy Galore. My mother laughed, my father choked, my brothers looked at me like I’d gone batshit crazy, and my Nonna yelled that I would only ever be beneath a good Italian boy, preferably a Catholic, and only on my wedding night.”

Now do you see why? This paragraph says so much about the Noelle Bond’s (the heroine) personality. It wasn’t the plot that really made me kept reading – though the mystery is really a plus, it was the heroine’s personality that kept me wanting more. She’s loud, practically unafraid of anything (even bossy, arrogant males), and eat cupcakes like it’s salad. You can’t help but laugh at some of the things she says.

The story goes just as the synopsis indicates, not much that I can add without giving away anything (I do try not to spoil a good story from time to time). The names given to the character and the town – does Holly Woods even exist in Texas? I should Google this. (*laughs*). I do like that there’s no sex right off the bat…uh….I mean in the first few chapters (they had it at the end of the story….such I long wait). Most romance books’ characters had sex like the 5th chapter or so. But I tell you….the sexual tension is definitely not lacking. It is ever present throughout the story. Fuh….it’s just HOT (*fans my face*).

Though….I do wonder if every couple in Holly Wood cheats on each other….because that’s a LOT of infidelity cases that Bond P.I gets. Is there even true love in this story?

 Favorite Quote : None from this book.

 

How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne : Book Review

Storyline Rating : 3.5/5 stars

Brief Summary from Goodreads :

Amber, Evie and Lottie: three girls facing down tough issues with the combined powers of friendship, feminism and cheesy snacks. Both hilarious and heart-rending, this is Amber’s story of how painful – and exhilarating – love can be, following on from Evie’s story in Am I Normal Yet?

All Amber wants is a little bit of love. Her mum has never been the caring type, even before she moved to California, got remarried and had a personality transplant. But Amber’s hoping that spending the summer with her can change all that.

And then there’s prom king Kyle, the guy all the girls want. Can he really be interested in anti-cheerleader Amber? Even with best friends Evie and Lottie’s advice, there’s no escaping the fact: love is hard.


My Point of View :

I didn’t know what to expect when I started this book, mainly because I won this from some competition that I didn’t believe I would win (I never do have a lot of luck when it comes to winning competitions). Also, I didn’t read the first book either, so I’m mighty thankful that it wasn’t a continuation of the first book.

The novel is about Amber – who is going to live with her mom in US for next 6 weeks, with the hopes of bonding with her mother and escaping her dad and stepmother in UK. When she finally met her mom in US, she found that her mother is a changed person – and not in a very good way. Initially, I chalked it up to Amber having “mommy issues” but later realize that her mom is just not a very good mom. Amber’s mother was an alcoholic, who seems to blame everyone else for her mistakes and choice (which you will find out much later in the story, if you do read it). Amber’s father isn’t all that great, if you ask me. I know her father take cares of her well enough but ignoring her new wife’s and stepson’s atrocious behavior towards Amber….it’s just a big no to me.

During the 6 weeks Amber’s stay in the US, she is to work in this summer camp run by Amber’s stepfather. This is where she met Kyle, another guide working in the camp during the summer. The interaction between Kyle and Amber is pretty cute, however I can’t seem to feel any chemistry between them – despite them having same interest in the same things. I do like the way Kyle treats Amber, but not the fact he kissed another female guide just because he believes that everybody expects him to, which is one of the issues addressed in this novel : acting the way everyone else expects.

The rest of the novel, well….I can’t revealed everything, can I? But I will say that the rest of the story is where Amber explores her relationship with her mom and also Kyle. It is sort of predictable though (that is if you’ve read enough YA novels).
I’ll recommend it to those who loves cute YA romance, but if you are more of a NA/Adult romance lover like me…well…not very recommended.

Favorite Quote : None from this book.

 

Breakdown by Ellie Grace : Book Review

Storyline Rating : 3/5 stars

Brief Summary from Goodreads :

Amy Porter has had a thing for her twin brother’s best friend since she was a teenager. After being considered “one of the boys” throughout her childhood, he’s the first guy to look at her and see past the tomboy she used to be. Unfortunately, he’s also completely off-limits. She does her best to move on as the years go by, but it’s not until her life takes a drastic turn that she finally accepts the fact that they aren’t meant to be. However, as her world crumbles around her, Nate always seems to be close by to help her pick up the pieces.

Nate Miller knows that Amy is the one girl he can never have. No matter how badly he wants her, he won’t risk destroying his friendship, or the promise he made to look out for her when her brother goes overseas with the Marines. As life continues to get in the way and keep them apart, the only logical choice is to give up… but giving up is the last thing he wants to do.

With so many obstacles stacked up against them, can they find a way to make it work or are they headed for a breakdown?


My Point of View :

Such a promising synopsis, but what a let down….(*sigh*). I have always love stories with the heroine falling in love with her brother’s best friend – especially if it started out since their childhood, but this particular story isn’t as promising as the synopsis depicted.

The book is written in dual POV – Amy’s & Nate’s. Amy describes herself as a tomboy since children to which she attributes it to the fact that she spends most part of her childhood deprived of girly clothing (wearing her twin brother’s clothes) and toys, as well as playing with her twin brother and his friends. By the time she’s a teenager, she believes that guys – mostly her brother’s friends, view her as nothing more than a tomboy. So when Nate – who isn’t part of her brother’s childhood entourage, met Amy for the first time and gave her a “look” (which I believe is the start of an insta-love), Amy crushed on Nate….hard.

The beginning seems very sweet and all, but as she reached to her final year in high school, most male population in Amy’s high school have never asked her out due to her twin brother’s warning them away from her – including Nate, who is somewhat attracted to Amy at that point of the story.

Now, I may understand that the Nate in high school is afraid of Dex (Amy’s twin brother), but as the story progresses (which spans approximately 8-9 years give or take), I find it hard to swallow that Dex did not try asking Amy out for the fear of losing Dex. He didn’t want to take the risk until VERY much later. I just hate guys with no balls (*ugh…*).

I have nothing against the story, it’s pleasant but not great (it could’ve been better). It ends with a HEA, but with much less impact that I had initially expected. If you are new to reading brother’s-best-friend-romance, go ahead and give this book a try. It’s not as bad if you aren’t as jaded about average romance stories like I am (and I have read a LOT of romance, mind you).

Favorite Quote : None from this book.

 

Confessions by Kanae Minato (translated by Stephen Snyder) : Book Review

Storyline Rating : 5/5 stars

Brief Summary from Goodreads :

Her pupils killed her daughter. Now, she will have her revenge.

After an engagement that ended in tragedy, all Yuko Moriguchi had to live for was her four-year-old child, Manami. Now, after a heartbreaking accident on the grounds of the middle school where she teaches, Yuko has given up and tendered her resignation.

But first, she has one last lecture to deliver. She tells a story that will upend everything her students ever thought they knew about two of their peers, and sets in motion a maniacal plot for revenge.

Narrated in alternating voices, with twists you’ll never see coming, Confessions probes the limits of punishment, despair, and tragic love, culminating in a harrowing confrontation between teacher and student that will place the occupants of an entire school in harm’s way. You’ll never look at a classroom the same way again.


My Point of View :

Amazingly and very uniquely written novel! I guess it’s unique mainly because I have never read a novel with each chapter told by a different character. The first chapter itself begins with a teacher (Yuko-sensei) giving some sort of a retirement speech to her class, and answers her students’ questions – to which you do not know the questions, just the replies she gave. It took me awhile to get use to the writing style but I couldn’t stop reading once I did.

Yuko’s daughter, Manami, recently died in the swimming pool in the middle school she is teaching. She could not go on teaching knowing her daughter died in the same school and so she retired. Though, that is only one of the reasons. The other reason was the fact that two of her students were involve in her daughter’s death – which means that Manami’s death is not an accident but a murder. During Yuko’s last day of teaching, she gave a speech (retirement speech) to her class (homeroom). She explained the reason behind her retirement, the real truth of her daughter’s death, and the murderers (also in her same class). She ends her speech telling the class she infected the two murderers’ milk (which the whole class drank before homeroom begins) with HIV tainted blood, as a form of revenge for her daughter’s death. And….the butterfly effect begins from there…

I was appalled by Shuya’s (Student A) and Naoki’s (Student B) actions. They are so young and yet their thoughts are simply horrifying. I was actually worried when Yuko said she was not going to report to the police about the truth because I would hate that the evil boys will get away with what they did. BOY, am I glad when I find that she tainted their milk with HIV (I actually clapped…). Don’t get me wrong here, I am vengeful kind of person but not to the extend of killing someone. And I get where Yuko is coming from, her daughter is murdered by two of her students and the authorities can’t do much when evidence points that it’s all just an accident (not that I am a mother myself but I know you can imagine yourself in her shoes).

The main issue the whole novel is trying to highlight here is really how easily the society blames the teacher when something goes wrong with their children (especially in a school setting). It is true that a teacher’s is partially responsible with a student’s upbringing but parents holds equal amount of responsibility. I can’t help but hate the chapter that is told from Naoki’s mother’s POV. She coddles her son (STILL) even when she found out he have a hand in killing Manami, and then goes on blaming Yuko for her son’s behavior – a teacher not doing her job. I know love is blind, particularly a mother’s love, but it is not right if your child’s BAD/WRONG behavior is not immediately rectify and goes on saying what he/she did is okay. What kind of young generation will these kind of parents produce? Though, I must admit, Yuko (as a teacher) should not have done what she did. It’s never right for a teacher to punish young (still) developing students the way she did, as it will destroy a person’s (or even more) life.

In the end, I can’t help but wonder if Shuya (Student A) actually and…finally fully regrets in the end of the tale. Even if he doesn’t I am still happy that he feels actual pain for losing something he treasures. Like I said before, I am the kind of person that takes revenge if that persons deserve it (of course not to the extend of killing a person). It’s definitely a good read if you love thrillers, especially Japanese ones like Keigo Higashino.

Favorite Quote : None from this book.

 

The Italian Girl by Lucinda Riley : Book Review

Storyline Rating : 3.5/5 stars

Brief Summary from Goodreads :

Rosanna Menici is just eleven years old when she meets Roberto Rossini, the man who will change her life forever. In the years to come, their destinies are bound together by their extraordinary talents as opera singers and by their enduring but obsessive love for each other – a love that will ultimately affect the lives of all those closest to them. For, as Rosanna slowly discovers, their union is haunted by powerful secrets from the past . . .

Rosanna’s journey takes her from humble beginnings in the back streets of Naples to the glittering stages of the world’s most prestigious opera houses. Set against a dazzling backdrop of evocative locations, The Italian Girl unfolds into a poignant and unforgettable tale of love, betrayal and self-discovery. 


 

My Point of View :

I could not give anything beyond 3.5 stars despite the author’s fabulous writing. My ratings/reviews are often clouded by how much I love the plot, especially the ending. So you can already imagine the plot of this novel is not a very good one (at least in my opinion). I don’t think I’ll be summarizing the novel, I think the synopsis pretty much say it all….(or you could read other reviews….I’m just a bit upset over the plot).

I have read the author’s one other work – The Midnight Rose. That amazing novel was what spurred me on buying The Italian Girl, hoping it would be full of emotions, and beautifully written as The Midnight Rose. And as expected, The Italian Girl is indeed full of emotions, and it is as beautifully written as The Midnight Rose – both novels is written in such a way that there are events of past and present events, as well as the lives of the different characters (both novels are told in different characters’ POV) intertwined perfectly.

But in The Italian Girl, Roberto Rossini – one of the major characters in the novel, is introduced to the readers as a Casanova and later a cheater. Yes, that’s a spoiler, but if you decide to read the novel, I think you can predict what happens later in the story (so technically, it’s not a spoiler). I was hoping the entire time that after Roberto married Rosanna, he would change his Casanova ways of lifestyle but lo and behold, he could not keep it in his pants. I didn’t mind that he was a playboy, I mean I have lots of novels where the playboy would change his lifestyle for the one they love (yes, I’m a romantic). So, I absolutely HATE Roberto and what his actions caused.

That is probably the only part I hate the most, as this particular character cause so much pain and angst that I could not handle. It’s just that…I love happy endings. Would I recommend it to others? Well, if you don’t mind a character that CHEATS and have AFFAIRS, then go ahead. It’s not exactly a bad story to read, really…., if Roberto does not exist (which is not remotely possible, seeing that the story revolves around him), I would have love the novel as much as I did The Midnight Rose.

P.S. I’m reading The Seven Sisters (another book by Lucinda Riley) next…(or later after I get over The Italian Girl). I read that it’s inspired by the Pleiades, a star cluster (I LOVE tales inspired by stars!). AND I’m crossing fingers to no cheating characters. (>.<)

Favorite Quote : None from this book.

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent : Book Review

Storyline Rating : 4/5 stars

Brief Summary from Goodreads :

Set against Iceland’s stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.

Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes’s death looms, the farmer’s wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they’ve heard.

Riveting and rich with lyricism, BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?


My Point of View :

The novel is not as bad as I thought it would be. I picked up the book mainly because it’s actually based on actual events – I love a good historical fiction novel. Ok….maybe it’s also because the book’s – no…not the cover, edges that is entirely black.  It made me think about death and believe that the story is all dark and mysterious – it actually is….so…..awesome book packaging.

Hannah Kent did a very good job on weaving genuine historical facts into the novel. It nearly made me believe that Agnes (the main character) did what she did for the reason she said. I have a habit of believing what is told in a story – especially historical ones, so I actually Googled for Agnes’s history but nothing much came up but her as the last woman to be executed in Iceland.

I find the novel’s theme (at least one of it) interesting as it depicts the human’s nature of being judgmental. The people of Kornsá, or of any towns that is mentioned in the book (the names are hard to spell…) judges a person by what they are told and not by knowing that person themselves. It is hard to determine who is actually telling the truth at times. What’s worse is that nobody will remember the good deeds you’ve done once you’ve done ONE wrong deed. I guess I could relate to this theme myself (at least not till the point of no return as depicted in Agnes’s situation). People who don’t actually take the time to know me, forms a certain opinion about me, and on top of that spread bad rumors about me. Most people of course would believe the rumors rather than me – who wouldn’t? They are after all humans, susceptible to rumors – even me at times.

That being said, how true is the story (or the truth as she believes) told by Agnes? She told Margret and her family, as well as the reverend, the “truth” that nobody could proof nor confirmed. Agnes’s reaction in the end of the novel could be because she fears death – who wouldn’t? So, I still ponder at the “truth” she told….could it be the real truth or just a tale she spun in order to make herself an innocent?

Well, if you like historical fictions or novel that is based on actual events, you can give this novel a try. It’s not amazing, at least too me…because I don’t normally read anything that has nothing to do with romance, but it is still one of the rare non-romance novels that I couldn’t stop reading once I started it.

Favorite Quote :

“It’s not fair. People claim to know you through the things you’ve done, and not by sitting down and listening to you speak for yourself.” – Agnes