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booksintheburbs has commented on (7) products.

He's Gone by Deb Caletti
He's Gone

booksintheburbs, May 22, 2013

I love a great character study book, especially when it comes to marriages, family, and lots of reflections. This book delivers that, with a little mystery sprinkled in….because we don’t know what happened to Ian, until the end. I would have liked a chapter or two of the “before” the party. Rather, the book starts with Dani waking up from a crazy night of partying and not remembering much.

If you don’t live in a bubble, or in an igloo at the North Pole, chances are you know someone who has had an affair or been the victim of an affair. I liked the exploration Dani opens herself up to, as she evaluates her relationship with her first husband, falling in love with Ian, her children, his children, and in the process-trying to figure out what happened to Ian.

I’ve read reviews where this book is being compared to another book (won’t say which one),and I think it’s a shame. Sure, we compare books-but this book shouldn’t be measured against the merits of another book. This is a great read and anyone that reads this with an open mind, will enjoy and appreciate the raw feelings and thoughts Dani shares throughout this story.
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The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro
The Perfume Collector

booksintheburbs, May 17, 2013

I have not read any of Kathleen Tessaro’s book, prior to this one, so I read this book without any expectations of a particular writing style. From the beautiful book cover, to the first pages, I was hooked. I was a little confused at first, so I did have to flip back to the first pages to see who I was reading about. It starts with Eva and at the tail end of her disease, with the next chapter beginning with Grace-a socialite, who seems quite disconnected from her husband and social circle. It isn’t until Grace receives an airplane ticket with news of her being the sole beneficiary, that she finally has some direction and decides to embark on an adventure.

While Grace leaves knowing her husband is having an affair, she somehow blames herself because of an unfortunate incident that happens to her. While there isn’t a lot of interaction and dialogue between her and her husband, the author does a superb job in showing what happens to Grace as she learns who Eva is.

It is quite obvious that the author did extensive research, prior to writing, but it doesn’t come off with more information and less interaction. Rather, it enhances the reader’s overall experience with this book. There is so much detail, and Eva certainly has an extraordinary (while difficult, too) life. I was mesmerized by the beauty of the story, loved the characters, and admired the way Eva broke all conventions by her role as a maid to later being a shopgirl…with other roles in between!

This is an absolutely fantastic historical book, that readers will love from page 1. Readers will want to know who Eva is, how she can smoke in the face of death, and how she bypasses barriers men and society place on women…certainly not meant for likes of Eva! My only desire is that the author would have included a little perfume collection to accompany this book!
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