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Elise90 has commented on (3) products.

Longbourn by Jo Baker

Elise90, November 30, 2013

I adore Jane Austen, and I was dreading reading this take on Pride & Prejudice from the servants' point of view. I thought it was a crass cash-grab on Baker's part, and that I'd spend the entire novel longing to reread P & P. I couldn't have been more wrong! I got entirely wrapped up in the story of Sarah, a servant at Longbourn, and felt impatient even with brief mentions of favorite characters (Jane, Elizabeth), who seemed selfish, boring, and clueless because of their wealth. Crucially, this novel does NOT feel like a gimmick; it's beautiful and literary, and stands on its own--non-fans of Austen will love it too, I think.
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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
The Rosie Project

Elise90, November 30, 2013

This book made me laugh. Not many books can do that. This was a truly delightful book to read and I would never ask for a minute of the time spent reading it back.
Made all the more amazing by the fact that it is the first novel of Melbourne writer Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Project will rank highly amongst my 2013 reads.
Written from a unique perspective, this is one of the few, if not the only, romantic comedies with a male protagonist. And not only male, but autistic.
Don Tillman is a brilliant scientist, but a hapless socialist (I mean that with no political leanings, Don literally sucks at being social.)
Rosie is beautiful, smart and nowhere close to what Don sees as a perfect life partner.
This book is one of those rare gems that most people could relate to on some level. Does he love me? Does she love me? Can two people really be destined for one another? Is mankind meant for monogamy? Can anyone really love?

Written with a one of a kind voice, you experience all of Don's ups and downs as he over-analyses, fears and then embraces change and eventually learns how to love.

This is a beautiful love story.
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Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey by Emily Winfield Martin
Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey

Elise90, November 30, 2013

I've followed Emily Winfield Martin's work on her blog and website for years. Purchased this book from a local bookseller as a gift for my four-year old daughter for Christmas. I think we will BOTH enjoy this equally. Martin's illustrations are dreamy indeed, and call back to vintage days. A beautiful book to have in any child's library. Or adult's!
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