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Chief Inspector Gamache Novel #10: The Long Way Home: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny
Chief Inspector Gamache Novel #10: The Long Way Home: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

IslandPoet, November 8, 2014

This tenth novel in the Three Pines series is different from the others, in that it does not begin with a dead body. Rather, it begins with a group of old friends searching for one of their own who has failed to show up on a pre-appointed date. A far-flung road trip ensues, with intriguing characters and breathtaking landscapes along the way. If you are a fan of Inspector Gamache, you will be a fan of this book. I also enjoy the way Penny weaves in a lot of Canadian history and cultural tidbits along the way to solving the mystery.
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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

IslandPoet, November 5, 2014

Although I don't usually get over-emotional while reading, I started to cry at four places in this book -- and yet I did not feel that Hillenbrand was trying to manipulate the reader. If you are not a believer in miracles, you will be after reading this survival story of Louie Zamperini and his horrific adventures during World War II. Plane crash, adrift on the Pacific, shark attacks, death of a mate, imprisonment by the cruel Japanese, starvation and madness -- it's all here, and told with an unblinking eye.
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Portrait of a Lady (2ND 95 Edition) by Henry James
Portrait of a Lady (2ND 95 Edition)

IslandPoet, November 2, 2014

I would not be the first reader to express frustration at the ambiguous ending of this classic novel. Nevertheless, once the reader accustoms to James' convoluted language and endless paragraphs, the writing and the story take on lives of their own in a most compelling fashion. Follow the adventures of Isabel Archer as she attempts to make her way in the world of European society, with its understated conversations, manipulation and intrigue.
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The Vacationers by Emma Straub
The Vacationers

IslandPoet, September 2, 2014

This story follows two weeks in the lives of the Post family and some of their friends, as they vacation together in a house on the island of Mallorca. Presented in a form with each day as a chapter, the story slowly unfolds to the reader all the personal problems and interpersonal tensions at play among these characters. I started out disliking almost all of them, especially Franny, but there was something compelling that kept me reading until the very end.
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The Cruelest Month (Chief Inspector Gamache Novels) by Louise Penny
The Cruelest Month (Chief Inspector Gamache Novels)

IslandPoet, April 2, 2014

Having read the first two mysteries in Louise Penny's series, I was a bit disappointed by this third one, "The Cruelest Month." The murder seemed not as dramatic, and the denouement rather anti-climactic. Still, I enjoyed the usual cast of characters and the descriptions of all the mouth-watering foods consumed in Three Pines. If you are a Penny fan, you will enjoy this. If not -- try the first or second book instead.
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