Posts from the ‘Love/Romance’ Category

Truer Than True Romance: Classic Love Comics Retold by Jeanne Martinet

This graphic novel takes classic romance comics from the time period of the 40’s and beyond and parodies them.

The artwork reflects the time period well, the captions take a story in a hysterical direction. This is a light read, full of unexpected turns, and laugh out loud humor.

I highly recommend for both comics and romance readers.  Almost anyone who needs a laugh will find this a quick, easy way to accomplish that goal.

Review by: Angie

This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer

This was the final installment in the trilogy by Pfeffer.  This book returns to Miranda’s home nearly a year after the catastrophes resulting from the moon being knocked out of orbit took place.  Her diary records her story of surviving, first with just her brothers and mother, and then when her father and his new family and friends show up.  She falls in love with one of the strangers, and the story takes a romantic turn, with the apocalypse still going on around them.  More surprises occur; with a final, climactic tornado that threatens everything that they have fought for.

I was engrossed from the beginning of this book.  I very rarely finish a book in one sitting (except for graphic novels), but this was an exception.  I got caught up in the gamut of emotions that Miranda felt, and as I got closer to the end of the book, started to dread the end that I thought was going to occur.  I just did not want the book to end.  I had waited so long for this book.

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Although I knew that this book was not going to have a pat happy ending, I did not enjoy the way things wound up.  I felt disappointed; the book, although very well written and gripping otherwise, left me feeling angry.  I felt that Miranda’s actions did not fit the character, and that her previous spirited independence turned into characteristic “I am not anything without him” syndrome.

Disappointing ending to an otherwise great series.  Recommended, but only in order to finish up the series.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

 

“One of my most recent favorite books is Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon.  Diana Gabaldon makes an unbelievable situation believable when a post-World War II married British nurse, Claire Randall, unknowingly slips through “the stones,” a time portal in Scotland. Dumbfounded and alone in a strange time,  Claire struggles to stay safe, warm and fed in the Highlands during a violent time of clan rivalry.  Thrust into a moral dilemma through the act of a forced marriage, she tries to find her way home to her own time while working out the daily necessities of life and relationships in 18th century Scotland.  At the same time fascinated, repulsed, and homesick, Claire finds herself an “Outsider” because of both her English heritage, and her strange 20th century customs. Things are further complicated when she finds herself with child.   

 

For anyone wanting to get lost in a book, this is the one. I would heartily recommend Outlander to anyone with an interest in fantasy, medicine, history, adventure, women’s issues or romance. Mostly what moved me, though, is the fascinating story of how one woman dealt with a situation beyond her control in a circumstance she didn’t understand, making choices she wasn’t always sure about..  On every level, this book hits the mark.  Diana Gabaldon is truly a master storyteller.”

 

Reviewed by : Barbara

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

A tale of forbidden love, this is set in the Australian Outback and takes place in early 1900’s through the 1960s.  Ralph de Bricassart is a priest who aspires to Rome and the Vatican.  Meggie is the only daughter of a family who he is sworn to take care of in the will of a rich, spiteful woman.  An attraction grows between them that threatens everything. 

This was the basis for a hugely successful miniseries starring Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward.