If Morning Ever Comes ~ Anne Tyler

If Morning Ever ComesIf Morning Ever Comes by Anne Tyler

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I must be honest and admit that I didn’t really get this book. Very strange and undeniably infuriating characters tend to just go about their business throughout the whole book, never really connecting on any sort of real level. It was very weird. But – I do imagine that the idea of it all could very well be true to life. And Anne Tyler certainly does know how to write characters in all their untainted humanity.

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Jumping the Queue ~ Mary Wesley

Title: Jumping the Queue

Author: Mary Wesley

Publisher: Vintage

Pages: 203

Where I got it: I bought it from a charity book sale for Cat Care. I paid a whopping two bucks for it.

Excerpt from Goodreads: Recently widowed, Matilda Poliport’s meticulously planned bid for graceful oblivion is foiled. Later she foils the suicide attempt of another lost soul, Hugh, on the run from the police, and life begins again for them both. But life also throws up nasty secrets and awkward questions, both from Matilda’s past and her present.

My thoughts: I found it to be a sweet read. I love how the narrator’s age is so obvious throughout the entire text.

Plain Truth ~ Jodi Picoult

I haven’t read a Jodi Picoult novel in a while. They’re generally kind of a lazy indulgence for me. Kind of like a James Patterson or any other easy reading novel – something you can read without using too many braincells. That sounds like I’m possibly being insulting or snobbish but I’m really not. These are the kinds of books that are easy to fall into, which is a must after a long week of over-braining.

An 18 year old unwed Amish girl, Katie Fisher, gives birth to a baby boy in the barn on her family’s farm and after praying for God to help her, she falls asleep. She wakes up to find the baby gone and assumes her prayers have been answered. Unfortunately, the infant is found later, dead and wrapped up in a shirt, under a pile of blankets in the barn.

Ellie Hathaway is almost fourty, and newly single. She flees to the countryside to do some thinking about the career that she is no longer sure that she wants. Out of family obligation, she immediately finds herself on Katie Fisher’s case, and is forced to move in with Katie and her family as part of the bail conditions.

Plain Truth explores the traditions of the Amish faith in a simple and relatable way. Much of the storyline is mildly predictable (unless it’s just me!)but it’s a pleasant read none-the-less. The two main characters are a little tough to like in the beginning but as the story moves along you do manage a fondness for them.

As usual, Picoult unashamedly combines mystery and courtroom drama with a massively controversial subject and puts it all together with flair. There’s no doubt that this woman does her homework!

Written on the Body ~ Jeanette Winterson

Written on the BodyWritten on the Body by Jeanette Winterson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It’s hard to review this book. I know it is one of those that has been studied in countless classrooms as…well…as what? A book where the narrator is genderless? A book about a person who is…well…really just a victim of his/her own weaknesses? I can’t say I loved reading it. But I did love finishing it and am glad that I did. I think if I was a literature student my lecturers would have hated me. There is supposed to be a profound message in here I am sure, and some of it IS poignant, but the actual message (if there is one – which apparently there is) is possibly lost on me. I think perhaps if you relate to it you might find it’s beauty easier to behold. I personally might have found it more heart-wrenching had the main character not been someone who so easily breezed in and out of love so constantly. Perhaps my idea of love is just very different. I personally would not be able to stand it if someone loved me in such a desperate way.

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