Monthly Archives: July 2016

Wreckage- Emily Bleeker

Wreckage

“Lies, good one at least, are smooth and well thought out. It’s the truth that’s sloppy.”

Is it me or have I been reading really quickly these days? I told my fiance it’s because of the kindle and maybe it is. Either way it’s been nice to be on a reading binge.

Wreckage tells the tale of Lillian and David two people who find themselves stranded on an island somewhere in the South Pacific after a messy jet plane crash. They are accompanied by Kent, the pilot, and Lillian’s mother-in-law Margaret. It is told in varying chapters from David’s point of view and then Lillian’s and it also goes a step further and goes from present day, where the two are being interviewed separately, and back when they were stranded.

I don’t like reading other reviews before I start a book because I want the experience to be all my own. I do sometimes skim through the first few lines of them on goodreads though. One person said that the dialogue was lacking substance and I would agree and disagree. There were times that I thought the dialogue, mostly between Lilian and her husband Jerry, was just not believable. Then there were other times that I felt the author was speaking from the heart.

The twists in this book were gut wrenching, from death and betrayal to touching on the subject of “two men and one woman stranded on an island together”. The last couple chapters are just a roller coaster ride of emotion; and while I was satisfied with the ending I did always hold out hope for Lily and David. The love they have for each other oozes of the page and you just wish that you had someone in your life that thinks about you the way that they think about each other. Without the plane crash and all.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I am excited to see where this author’s career takes her.


Little Mercies- Heather Gudenkauf

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“You have to look for the little mercies, the small kindnesses and good that come from the terrible.”

For those playing the home game, you know that I love Heather Gudenkauf! I won’t bore you with what I said in my latest post about Little Lies, if you’re interested you can pop back a couple posts and check it out.

Once I figured out how to borrow ebooks from the library I quickly put all of Ms. Gudenkauf’s books on my wishlist and was alerted that Little Mercies was available. The problem was that I had already committed to finishing The Big Library Read, which didn’t take me that long to finish. I sometimes feel like I’m cheating on my goodreads reading challenge because I’ve been reading shorter books, but reading is reading I suppose.

Little Mercies is about Ellen Moore, a mother of three who is also a social worker taking care of the kids who don’t have a voice in unstable homes. One day everything turns around when Ellen is in a rush and doesn’t hear her husband yell from the porch an important detail that will plague her for the rest of her days. It is also about Jenny a ten year old girl who is living with her father paycheck to paycheck, and sometimes not even that.

Ultimately this book is about what we do for children; not only our flesh and blood but every child. Like the rest of her books that I have blogged about it is hard to discuss this book without spoiling the jaw dropping twists and turns that I have come to love from Ms. Gudenkauf. I’m waiting for her other books to become available on my library network so stay tunes for more blogs about this author. I hope she keeps at it because I will always pick up her books. You truly have a die hard fan over here Ms. Gudenkauf. Keep ’em coming!