Elise is born to an elite Jewish family in Austrian family but the impending Nazi occupation takes her life takes from riches to rags when she is sent to Tyneford in Britain to work as a domestic servant . She hopes to reunite with her parents, sister, brother in law and housekeeper once they obtain their visas. This is a coming of age story that has the usual teenage upheavals and not to mention “upstairs-downstairs” relationship Ms. Solomons examines the little known history of daughters of aristocrats who were sent to Britain as hired helps to save them from the impending Final Solution under the Nazi regime.
I stole this book from little sister and was able to read in a day just for the mere fact that it was set in WWII. I enjoyed the references to Austria and got a broader perspective on how people dealt with Nazi occupation.If you enjoy WWII historical fiction and dare I say Downtown Abbey, you might enjoy this book. By the way, US readers might find the same book under the title The Novel in the Viola
This book is about a psychologist, a surgeon, two university professors and a whole load of love triangles. The story line was a bit confusing since the main protagonist kept on shifting between past and present scenes (using first and third person narration) and then the inclusion of other characters and I didn’t get to see how they are interconnected until I was halfway through. (This is what happens when the back cover blurb carefully). Nonetheless, I appreciated her detailed descriptions and how she contextualised the characters when she discussed the nationalist movement in Sierra Leone, the subsequent civil wars as well as other global events.
Reading The Memory of Love made realise how unfamiliar I am with Western African history… Well if you went through 8-4-4 you would probably recall
studying cramming the names of all those kingdoms, migration patterns and even the ECOWAS countries. That said, I am excited about my current mammoth of a read.
Bill Hybels explores the importance of lay people being more active in the church activities by delving into various reasons why people volunteer and others and the reasons why some people give up along the way. To be honest, it was a quick read with very digestable language and he had numerous anecdotes sprinkled throughout the book to support his arguments.
I bought this book a couple of years ago and but quickly DNFed it. This time round I decided to see it through especially for my 2016 KE Bookworm reading challenge and also showing some shelf love by reading books that I already owned. Personally, I do not feel that I learned anything new and some point I struggled to finish it. But I will end this review with one quotable quote about self-sacrifice:
…Radical self-sacrifice requires radical self-care. It’s true. If you have been neglecting yourself, thinking you can be a hero and defy the realities of life, you are in dangerous territory. Self-care is not an option, It’s antidote to exhaustion, broken relationships and burnout and a necessary component in the life of a joyful, effective, long-term servant of Christ who will one day hear the words, :”Well done, my good and faithful servant.” pg.132
The book based on the chance meeting of firefighter Jake Byran and businessman Eric Michaels meeting on 9/11 and how they lives were inevitably changed forever. This is my first encounter with Kingsbury’s writing and I enjoy it. The storyline took me back to 2001 when I was finishing primary school and completely oblivious to what was happening and the only thing that that occupied my mind was passing KCPE. Like most major tragedies, I was made to reflect on the prioritise various relationships in life.
Irene discovers that her husband Gil has been reading her red journal so she decides to continue fabricating lies to feed his curiosity while keeping her true journal in a safety deposit box. All the while, the couple struggle to keep their marriage together for the sake of their children.
This is one of the books that you regret for buying on a whim. I struggled with this book because I felt like I was casually observing a (difficult) marriage and kept on skimming through some parts. In short,I will be giving away this book.
This Little Black Classic hosts two short stories on about a widow grappling with loneliness and the other about a woman on the brink of divorce. I empathised with the characters in the two stories and I felt that Edith Wharton wrote from her own personal experiences. I am looking forward to reading her more lengthier works.
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