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We the Living by Ayn Rand – Review

I adore Ayn Rand, her ideologies and her novels. This is the best. The stage set up for this novel (Russia), how the conditions were and what people had to go through are explained in the best way possible. Kira is a very strong character who holds on to her beliefs and never gives in. I liked Leo in the initial part of the novel but seeing him losing himself by the end of the story, I didn’t approve of him. On the other hand, Andrei is very remarkable. I could not stand it to read about his suicide. Irina and Sasha were the two other prominent characters for me in the novel. I noticed that Ayn Rand has very strong opinions, she is kind of rebellious and she shoves the truth into the reader’s face hard and fast. What amazes me is her thoughts about love. I literally cried reading the departure of Irina and Sasha to the Siberian prison. It broke my heart. Last but not least, one person fighting against a whole country and not giving in until the last breath is very heroic and the hero of We the Living, Kira lives in my heart forever. I personally have a wonderful imagination (I’m not bragging about it) but when I read the lines written by AR, I see myself watching the whole scene with my very own eyes. That is the best I can put into words about how much I love her narration. Ayn Rand is a true legend! Her characters are very distinct, not like any regular hero, heroine.. even the villain is so remarkable, that you will fall in love with him.

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The Night of January 16th by Ayn Rand – Review

I must say, this is the best play I read in my life. Bjorn Faulkner, Karen Andre and Lawrence Regan took my breath away. It is a play that takes place in a courtroom. It is not a huge story with too many incidents but a small one that leaves the whole scenario to the reader’s imagination. I’m impressed with Faulkner and Regan. Ayn Rand as always knows exactly what kind of men are needed in today’s world. They both were fearless, they get what they want, they rule the world and when it comes to love, they give everything. Karen’s love and devotion for Faulkner are beyond words. Regan is a gangster by profession but also knows how to respect love when he sees it. I’m always amazed at the kind of main male characters that Ayn Rand designs in her books. I wonder if such men do really exist in today’s world. Men who fear nothing, who have sky-high goals, who work for what they want, who refuse to bow to anyone, who crush the rules set by the so-called society and men who love beyond any kind of scale that is ever built in this world. Hats-off to Ayn Rand! She is the hero.

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Falling for You by Becky Wade – Book Review

Falling for You by Becky Wade is a cute love story that also brings a hidden mystery. Willow, a successful model and Corbin, a famous NFL player who were once in love and broke up meet again through Charlotte who is determined to find her missing great-aunt from nearly 40 years. Willow and Corbin while helping Charlotte fall for each other all over again. Nora and Britt, Willow’s sisters, are super cool. Joe, Corbin’s father, is a completely another story. This is a story about love, guilt, heartbreak, misunderstandings, forgiving and rebuilding relationships. It is very well written. Almost all the characters are very strong – from the 12-year old Charlotte to 60-year old Josephine, everyone is determined. The story taught me to forgive and let go rather than holding on to past and hatred. The pace is perfect. I could not put it down till I read the last page. The people of Merryweather are amazing. The love for each other, the family bonding, and the support they show for their loved ones in the times of trial is narrated very well by the author. The characters brought warmth to my heart and I enjoyed the book thoroughly.
All in all, love, patience, forgiving always bring the fruit in the right time.

Thank you Bethany House for sending me the ebook review copy.

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The Coffin Maker (The Coffin #1) by Breeann Allison – Book Review

The Coffin Maker by Breeann Allison is alluring. First of all, the title is interesting and found it apt after I finished reading the book. The small town Gregor’s Hallow is just like a dream town I would wanna live. It’s quiet, away from fuss and Halloween celebrations in this town are just amazing. The way the author connected all the dots is very nice. Jesse Burns who had to take over his father’s coffin making business upon his disappearance, Death personified, the Gregorians, Robin, mysterious events at the time of Halloween, plague, Randall/Timothy and last but not the least coffins. The twist in this books is unexpected. I like how the author managed to share her views about universe, balance, life, death and the life in between. Personally, I enjoyed how coffins that carry a corpse are used to save lives. The pace is good and I enjoyed the book. If I didn’t have a preplanned travel in between, I wouldn’t have put this book down before I finished it in just 2-3 days.

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A Crafter Knits A Clue by Holly Quinn – Book Review

A Crafter Knits a Clue is an enjoyable book. It is well crafted. The detailing is extraordinary. I wouldn’t call it a twisty mystery, but its a simple one and easily executed. Samantha Kane is a fine character but not a very strong influence. Sammy is shown as a girl next door who is too curious about things happening around her. Sammy sticking to the store in memory of her deceased friend and to continue her legacy is heart-touching. The best thing about this book is the way the author Holly Quinn took me through the streets of Heartsford, Wisconsin. I could visualize the whole small town in my mind while reading this book. The Detective Nash Character is nice but I was hoping for little more bonding between Sammy and Nash in the novel. I felt the incidents between Sammy and Nash were not enough. I like the idea of Community Craft encouraging the local talent and selling the crafts created by them. The Spring Fling is fun to read about. The small community of Heartsford helping each other out during crisis is nicely told. Also, the pros and cons of gossip in small towns is also well explained. The three sisters diving into the investigation to bring peace to their small community is impressive. There is quite a bit of mentioning about guilts of different persons in different circumstances through the story and that is thought-provoking.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. It is not very intense but easy to read to the eyes and to the mind. I must say again that the detailing is great, from the way a particular character is sitting on the table with a fist supporting her chin, to the character visualizing another character’s explanation, it’s very nice. The perks of reading the book are the crafting guidelines at the end of the book for knitting various types of socks.

This gave me a cozy feeling after my intense last book Atlas Shrugged.

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A Fist Around The Heart – Review

I never had a sister but I always wished I had one because I always thought I wouldn’t have to look outside for a best friend and an ally if I had a sister. The story revolves around two sisters Anna and Esther who born in Russia but sent to live in Winnipeg with the Count and Countess. Esther is elder to Anna, beautiful but emotionally disturbed. Anna is the younger one, tall, but stronger with independent ideas. Esther has her episodes now and then and Anna is always there to support her. Anna is shocked by Esther’s sudden death. The bond between the two sisters is incredibly written. This is not the kind of bond I assumed of with my imaginary sister, but its very different. They are two different people but the sisterhood always brings them together. They are always there for each other whenever there is a significant incident in their lives. Anna’s rebellious nature attracted me. She does what she likes. Anna and Esther both had troubled childhood when they were taken away from their parents, but they both did their part to the less fortunate by volunteering at various causes. The Count and the Countess were of great influence. Many other supporting characters like Vera, the police inspector, Nathaniel, Oscar are well written.

The books took me through the whole Great War period, the If Day and how Jews were affected during that time. I could say this is a historical book. I felt that the book ended too soon. I’m sure the author has her reasons. All in all, I enjoyed the book. I look forward to reading more books from Heather Chisvin.

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