New Dolls to Play With (Seeds of Yesterday – A Book Review)

Seeds of Yesterday
Author: V.C. Andrews
Published: 1984

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They escaped their mother’s hellish trap years ago, but a cruel history of lies and deceit has come full circle…

The secrets of the attic are brought forth to the next generation of Dollangangers. Bart invites his parents, Cathy and Chris, to stay at his home to which he’s had renovated to look nearly identical to the original Foxworth Hall the kept them captive for years, to celebrate his twenty-fifth birthday. Even though all of the children are fully grown and Cathy and Chris have taken on brand new last names, the beautiful and spacious place plays with Cathy’s nightmarish memories. With Bart turning viler towards his family, the dark secrets of Foxworth come full circle as the Dollangangers try to get past them and the tragedies that keep them imprisoned.

 

Real quick, I’m so sorry with how late this review is. I usually always try to get one up every one to two days, but work has been an energy sucker. Love you, booknerds. You’re truly awesome. I’m happy you’re here. Now on with the review!

 

This is the fourth book to The Dollangangers and V.C. Andrews is still keeping me twisted up. This series has really flung me around. I’ve never been more disturbed, though I must say, this one was much less twisted compared to the previous books. The focus during this book is for The Dolls to heal and the journey to finally achieve that after everything they’ve been through: getting locked up in an attic for their childhood and get abused by their grandmother, seeking revenge for that loss of innocence, The Dolls nearly losing their children to their mother and a psychotic butler. And that’s just the shortened bits. Trust me, if you haven’t read the books, I haven’t really given any spoilers away.

Reviews of the other Dollanganger books:

Flowers in the Attic

Petals on the Wind

If There Be Thorns

 The next generation of the Dolls are grown up. Jory is a famous ballet dancer, just like his mother once was. Cindy is in private school and well on her way to being an actress. Bart is just waiting impatiently to inherit what is rightfully his, the fortune left to him by his grandmother.

One of my favorite things about this is that I’m a big fan of going into a new generation. It’s so fun to watch characters grow up and see where they go. It’s one of my favorite ways to see a story pushed forward. In this case, it was more nerve-wracking because this isn’t your typical book. Happiness is always short-lived and the secrets creep and slither like vines or snakes, leaving me really uneasy because I’m never sure when more nastiness is about to happen. The whole point, making this another great entry to the series.

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The suffering of each Doll child is greatly expressed and really broke my heart. Granted, after reading If There Be Thorns, I expected the damage to be more apparent. The development of the psychological damage within Jory, Bart, and Cindy, and how it shaped them later on was spectacular. What a way to reach out to some real human issues like manipulation and self-esteem and bullying. Long term consequences, people.

The imagery is still wonderful, always capturing my brain. Seeing Foxworth Hall all over again was chilling! I was half expecting the ghost of the grandmother (Freaking evil Olivia.) to be floating around. Cathy once again takes the story by the wheel, steering me with her trembling fears. Seeing her more in touch with her emotions than ever before was gutting me. At this point, she’s barely hanging on. She’s not bent on revenge anymore, but desperate to help her family. And with all of that I’m just like,

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But then there’s, her beyond disturbed son, Bart and he is just…well…the guy is a jerk! WORSE THAN THAT! And well, grrrr. A devil in human skin. Some of the things he said were just downright evil and disgusting, especially about women, leaving me like this after every single time he opened his mouth.

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I will say this. Bart is not the antagonist. Not really. Like the rest of the Dolls, he too is tied up in the dark secrets of Foxworth, and possibly is the worst effected. I still don’t like him.

I’m still drawn in and hypnotized by the language. It’s beautiful and makes the characters truly stand out as individuals. The story is vivid and strong. I can’t say often that language stands out to me the most in a book, but it really did for me this time. Very beautiful in a haunting story.

 

Do I recommend this book? Of course! The whole series is a great read. It’s filled with toil and darkness and some seriously effed up shit. It’s nothing you’d expect. Having known a lot about the series before reading it, I was still shocked. I can’t wait to read more of Andrews’s works, though not so much the stuff after her passing. I read The Mirror Sisters trilogy and while it wasn’t terrible, it didn’t really compare to this.

 

Quotables:

“I no longer believed in fairytales.” (Cathy, p.3)

“If I am so unlucky as to lose you first, I’ll sit day by day before a window staring out and remembering how it used to be with you.” (Cathy to Chris, p. 84)

“Foxworth Hall had trapped us again.” (Cathy, p. 135)

“Don’t you feel it? Can’t you hear it? Do you sense this house is breathing, like it has a life of its own?” (Melodie to Cathy, p. 158)

“Hope…in this house of dark misery we were always clinging to hope we colored yellow—like the sun we seldom seen.” (Cathy, p. 203)

“To have blind faith in anyone but God is idiotic.” (Bart to Cathy, p. 334)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Come to the Dark Side…I Have Cake (If There Be Thorns – A Book Review)

If There Be Thorns
Author: V.C. Andrews
Published: 1981

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They hide the shocking truth to protect their children. But someone who knows their dark secret is watching.

Jory is fourteen and on his way to being an amazing ballet dancer, just like his mom. Bart has a wild imagination for a nine year old, always going off and having amazing adventures. Then came Cindy, a gift that Cathy has been wishing for for years.

Years have passed, Cathy and Christopher have finally found love in one another and married. They have a lovely home with their children and it’s what they have always dreamed of, but then an elderly woman completely veiled in black and her strange butler move into the large house next door that’s been empty for a long time. Soon, Bart is lured over and starts to spend most of his time with her. He changes with each visit, growing angry and violent with his family. Jory watches on, trying to figure out how he can help his little brother, but then he overhears Mom and Dad talking about an attic and how they can’t relive those days, leaving Jory with even more questions.

 

This was a good turn in The Dollanganger series. I really enjoyed this! It was a new take in it and really changed things up. There’s a brand new story, but still, the dreadful past remains at The Dolls’ heels, haunting them and now their children.

First things first, I loved that this was from a new set of POVs. Jory and Bart are the next generation of The Dolls and they have their own story. They’re not the same as Cathy and Chris, but they also have their own tribulations because of what they did in the past. It was refreshing and just absolutely fantastic. I felt as if the story was beginning to feel stale, but this helped revive it for me.

The setting was new, there were new characters and I was just as invested as I was with Flowers in the Attic. You really believe that The Dolls are going to have the happy life they deserve after everything they’ve been through. Of course, it’s short lived. Though I won’t give away spoilers, I will say that there were a lot of twists and turns I didn’t expect. Redemption was found and what was once burned and buried came back to get The Dolls in the worst way, through their children. It was heartbreaking and actually scary because tiny humans are easily manipulated.

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The remnants of Foxworth Hall still follows The Dolls and you feel that heavily as Bart grows close the old woman in black. As it turns out, she knows The Dolls really well and can tell Bart the truth about them. While this made my eyes bulge out of my head in horror, the true enemy is John Amos, the butler who secretly sways him down a dark path. The old man was seriously creepy and kept the dark Foxworth name alive by whispering in Bart’s ear, turning him against his family. Doing that to a child who’s already feeling like an outsider is a really nasty thing! As if The Dolls didn’t have enough problems! Leave the babies alone!

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The book was pretty good. I started to lose interest after the last book, but this pulled me right back in. The story moved forward and I love a story that can move forward, but keep it in the family. This still kept with the uneasiness and dark twists that is very central to this series, but showed that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

Quotables:

“Blind means black as pitch. No colors. No music. No nothin. Dead is silence.” (Bart to Jory, p. 33)

“Nobody could like me, for I didn’t belong here, and I didn’t belong there. I didn’t belong anywhere.” (Bart, p. 94)

“Crooked days make crooked ways.” (Bart to Jory, p. 155)

“Jory, take lesson number one in my philosophy course: Nobody ever does anything for anyone else unless it gives them even more.” (Marisha to Jory, p. 263)

“Life is always like that—twenty minutes of misery for every two seconds of joy.” (Marisha to Jory, p. 318)

 

more to come soon…

-K.

 

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Grown Up Dolls (Petals on the Winds – A Book Review)

Petals on the Wind
Author: V.C. Andrews
Published: 1980

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Would the past never set me free?

Finally out and free of the attic of Foxworth Hall they’d been locked in for three years, the Dollanganger kids are now faced with grief and memories that will haunt them forever. With the loss of one of their siblings and in the midst of blossoming desires and revenge, the kids are given a chance to escape and start a new life with money they scraped during the attic days.

Together, Chris and Cathy take care of their sister, Carrie, as she faces getting bullied in school from being malnourished and is positive their grandmother was right to lock them away. Cathy’s dreams come at a great price and she is desperate for love that she’ll find it in anyone. The hatred for their mother is ever growing and consuming, driving her to great lengths for justice. Chris is positive that there is nobody for him except for Cathy and he won’t accept anybody else. Foxworth is behind them, but they carry its dark secrets, are one of its dark secrets.

The Dolls made it out of Foxworth, but they’re still haunted by their grandmother, mother, and that place. During the next chapter in the Dollanganger series the Dolls grow up and face more challenges, both with themselves and people who enter their lives as they strive to reach their dreams—Cathy wants to be the prima ballerina, Chris wants to be a doctor, and Carrie just wants to fit in. Their past follows them, twisting them as love blooms in the most unexpected places and then wilts.

Side Note: This series is not one I’d recommend for anyone under the age of 17.

Moving forward. The Dolls have grown up in this new chapter! The book starts off right where Flowers in the Attic left off, but time moves pretty quickly and soon enough Carrie is in high school and Chris in college. Cathy however, is obsessed with revenge and determined to get mother’s attention. She gets dark and twisted and it really puts her in league with her mother and grandmother. I was really thrown into a tailspin at seeing just how messed up they all are from the lasting effects of being locked away. I’m pretty sure there’s no amount of therapy that could help them.

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The plot thickens! Even though the Dolls have escaped and their mother and grandmother aren’t physically present, they’re still there, ruining the Dolls. The exploration of psychological damage that people can inflict is so disturbing in this book! But it was so awesome, like a creepy awesome! The deep unsettling feeling increases immensely as new relationships form and old relationships try to die. The Foxworth family ties don’t break as easily as the Dolls wish they did. In fact, Cathy just can’t let go, not after losing Corrie and as it turns out there’s still so much to lose. I was disturbed more than once and really cringed with disgust at some parts. This story pushes the level of discomfort even further than before.

New characters enter the Dolls’ lives. Dr. Paul Sheffield and Julian Marquet are just two. Both are men that Cathy fell in love with, though I must say both relationships were abnormal. It’s seriously debatable about which relationship that Cathy’s had is worse. Each one really gave me some serious heebie-jeebies. Cathy challenged her desperation for love and need for some sort of self-punishment for herself into them. Paul is 20 years older than Cathy and Julian turns out to be obsessive to abusive lengths. We see Bart again and get to know him more as Cathy ensnares him as well with her beguiling nature too. Between the Dolls and the new characters introduced, I got to see the darker faces of humanity that nobody wants to envision because deep down they’re real and that fucks with us. Alcohol is a pleasant way to help with that.

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This book was a great sequel. A bit repetitive in reminding me about what happened at Foxworth. I’m very positive that everyone that’s read that book doesn’t need to be excessively reminded of what happened at that hellish place. It’s unnerving to have to be reminded. Nobody wants to remember horrifying events like that. It’s a nightmare! This book really captures that feeling and the realism of being in someone’s head who’s been through so much pain and how it affected their future. Very trippy. A great read is also what I’m trying to say. There’s just so much to say and I’m totally unsure if you understood any of it. But, hey, the main thing to know is this was good.

Quotables:

“When next we see each other, we’ll still feel the same. I love you. Always will—right or wrong, I can’t help it…” (Chris to Cathy, p. 65)

“A dancer without fire is no dancer at all.” (Madame Zolta to Cathy, p. 171)

“Never, never was his love going to set me free to love anyone without reservations as long as he kept loving me.” (Cathy, p. 228)

“Angel, saint, Devil’s spawn, good or evil, you’ve got me pinned to the wall and labeled as yours until the day I die. And if you die first, then it won’t be long before I follow.” (Chris to Cathy, p. 250)

“It was our doctor Paul who set me straight, Carrie. He told me long ago, if a sin is committed when our parents married and conceived children, it was their sin and not our. He said God didn’t intend to make us pay the price for what our parents did.” (Cathy to Carrie, p. 317)

more to come soon…

-K.

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There’s a Hole at the Bottom of a Volcano at the Center of the Earth…You Know the Song (Journey to the Centre of the Earth – A Book Review)

Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Author: Jules Verne
Published: 1864

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6/25

 

What is darkness to you is light to me.

Go on a journey to the center of the earth where the crystals formed are beyond beauty’s imagination and the creatures there were thought to be extinct thousands of years ago. Professor Liedenbroek, his nephew, Axel, and their guide and hunter, Hans journey down a dormant volcano tube and find adventure, danger and wondrous things that you could only believe it you saw it for yourself.

 

This book marks 6 out of 25 authors, from my New Year’s resolution, that I’ve never read from before. I was glad to put this one on the list. I’ve been meaning to read more books that change my point of view.

 

At the beginning of science fiction there was Jules Verne. And this is sheer science fiction, down to the very measurements. Reading this book gave me a look at how the genre truly began. It wasn’t’ about flying spaceships and mega-aliens and mutating.

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It was about true science and the magical places it could take me. And while reading this, I felt like all of this was possible.

The imagery and specifics were on point! There wasn’t an unanswered moment. Every part of this journey was so well-informed. Well-informed is the only word I can think of because this is mostly fact-based. Nothing matters but the intense adventure. It was all incredibly vivid and truly a wonder.

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So many dangers! If it’s not the scary creatures that are pretty cool to see because they don’t exist on the surface, then it’s the possibility of starving to death. There’s no harrowing adventure without the life-threatening parts, right? It makes for a great story.

And this was a great story. I enjoyed it immensely. It’s nothing like the movie. NOTHING. There’s not a single woman on this trip, though Axel tried. And the book really put me on edge here and there.

But both of them are pretty great. I will say this; the writing isn’t your typical. There’s a lot of facts. It’s basically how book the is written and it’s why I struggled a little. I alos looked up a lot of the terms Verne used so that I could better understand the characters. It’s straight up a journey. There’s no romance or drama mixed into it. So, you’ll be there for the adventure and nothing else. And you know what? We all deserve a little adventure.

 

Quotables:

“I spent the whole night in one nightmare; in the heart of a volcano, and from the deepest depths of the earth I saw myself tossed up amongst the interplanetary spaces under the form of an eruptive rock.” (Liedenbroek to Axel, p. 63)

“The farther I go the more confidence I feel…” (Liedenbroek,, p. 74)

“Will there be an end? Is the atmospheric condition, having once reached this density, to become final?” (Axel, p. 142)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Sing a Deadly Little Song For Me (Tidal – A Book Review)

Tidal (Watersong #3)
Author: Amanda Hocking
Published: 2013

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The answers Gemma and her friends have been searching for are finally revealed—but evil is closing in and time is running out…

Gemma and Harper Fisher are struggling with a life or death problem. Gemma has been cursed with dangerous abilities and enchanting beauty. She’s a siren. Turned by Penn, Lexi, and Thea, Gemma must be careful not accidentally harm others with her deadly song while she and Harper figure out how to end this curse. They’re not alone though. With friends and family on their side they may just get her out of this. Time, however, isn’t on her side. The other sirens are looking to end her curse as well, by finding a new potential siren sister and when they do, Gemma dies.

These Fisher sisters delve deeper into the world of myth and magic of these immortal women, discovering more than they ever imagined while determined to make sure that doesn’t happen.

I haven’t read the previous two books of the Watersong series, but it doesn’t feel entirely necessary. Like picking up the next season of a TV show, you get a decent recap. It doesn’t give everything away, but you get a pretty good gist. I really liked that about this book.

More so? I LOVE SIRENS. They’re dark and mysterious and seriously dangerous. In every story they look different. My favorite version is from the animated movie: Sinbad. They’re so dark and relentless and lack remorse…usually.

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I must say though, I don’t believe that mermaid and sirens are the same thing. Lately, I’ve noticed them being called the same thing. They can both be pretty nasty, but their mythologies and physicalities can be pretty different.

The book follows the s third person POV and switches between characters giving an all-around look at this world. The setting is a beautiful seaside town which brings so much wonderful imagery to life. The town was truly beautiful. It was like I was there. I love when a book can really get me attached and I was. And the transitions from person to person was so smooth that I was amazed and star dazzled. I know I on occasion when I write that I worry if switching between characters becomes confusing, but Hocking just proved to me that it’s possible and that is so COOL.

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The connection that these characters have is so deep. There were many characters and all of them were interwoven. There’s Harper and her boyfriend Daniel. That man is having his own trouble fending off the siren, Penn. Then there’s Gemma’s ex-boyfriend Alex who can’t recall why he is so angry and a repulsed by her. And, I do feel so sorry for the baby boy. He is in so much pain and it wracked me with a bit of pain. Meanwhile, Thea is hoping that Gemma will accept being a siren and Lexi just wants to eat her, but we all know somebody like that, don’t we? So many people and yet it’s all balanced beautifully. And don’t worry, I’ve given away no spoilers.

I really enjoyed this book. I will certainly be putting the others on my list to read. I was enamored by the flashbacks and mythologies and how much these characters truly cared for one another. So many great combinations that just reel me in.

Quotables:

“You’d be surprised by the things a person can forgive themselves for.” (Gemma to Kirby, p. 4)

“All the places blur together eventually. Even the beauty of the ocean, eventually it becomes…redundant. It’s not here so much as now that I want to stay in.” (Thea to Gemma, p. 73)

“Mortality is a blessing and a curse, too.” (Lydia to Gemma, p. 222)

More to come soon…

-K.

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We’ll Always Have Our Memories (The Light of Ives: Memories Remain – A Book Review)

The Light of Ives: Memories Remain
Author: Kristin Trangas
Published: 2017

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Life on Emerald Lake isn’t exciting for Lucy. More than anything, she wants to leave and explore the world outside of it. As an Isleyn, she must learn how to have full control her abilities before she can do that. That means being in tune with another person’s emotions, be able to read them and help them feel at peace.

Then suddenly she’s given and internship in the outside world and she could be more excited. Maribel Springs is quaint and cute, but then Lucy spots trouble. An Indomite named Fax. The Indomites are believed to be responsible for so much suffering, but Lucy can’t help having feeling for this one.

This could mess up her internship and whatever chance she has to prove herself to her parents.

 

I couldn’t get behind this book completely. There. I said it.

 

The story was great! I really liked the Isleyns and Indomites. These two cultures were incredibly unique and a whirlwind of intrigue. They’re both so different and have wonderful abilities. They’re so imaginative.

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The story was one of healing and learning and I loved that! The romance that developed between Lucy and Fax seemed so secondary and that was cool. Romance have to be up front. There were so many elements that blended together really wonderfully.

However, the problems I had with connecting to this story was that I got confused at parts. Bits of information about these characters felt as if they came out of nowhere and were completely random. I couldn’t handle Lucy’s random outburst of anger either. It was 1 to 100 REAL quick, and over situations that were eye roll and lip snarling worthy. It threw me off with how overdramatic these parts could be.

I’m a big fan of showing. If you’ve been with me for a while you know that that’s a big thing for me when reading a book. It’s hard to get into a book when it’s bulk is the author explaining everything to you. That’s how it felt. This book was more of a telling than a showing. I don’t get that great of a smooth visual when I’m being told everything. It was bulky and too much at times. Give me the details while the story is happening! Let me SEE it. I would’ve loved it so much more that way.

 

This book is really sweet and I love the kind of books where characters are just searching for freedom. It really inspires people to do the same. And to see Lucy find more than she expected was so enlightening. However, I was held back from finding true love with this book. There was just too much that threw me off regarding structure. So, this wasn’t a book for me. Sometimes that happens. I’ve noticed that plenty of people really enjoyed it and I tried, but just didn’t quite get there.

 

Quotables:

“In reality, it didn’t make a difference whether she had the highest grades or the lowest. Despite having always been complimented for her ability to read emotions with such clarity and perception in class, if she was unable to use her gifts here, her academic performance would be meaningless.” (Lucy, p. 147)

“She wanted to follow her emotions for once without guilt or doubt.” (Lucy, p. 388)

“If only he could be burned into her mind forever…” (Lucy, p. 1027)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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First Loves in Firenze (Love + Gelato – A Book Review)

Love + Gelato
Author: Jennifer Evans Welch
Published: 2016

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4/25

 

I made the wrong choice.

Carolina “Lina” Emerson is staying in Italy this summer with her father who she just met for the first time. It leaves her distracted from the wonder and magic of Italy. How did she not know about him until just recently?

While settling into her new home at an American cemetery for WWII soldiers, she tries to understand why her mother sent her here, but more than anything she just wants to go home. Then she meets charming Ren, her neighbor behind the cemetery.

After being given a journal, her mother’s, Lina and Ren begin an adventure to visit all of the places her mom did, experience art, find a secret bakery, all hoping to recreate the best summer of her other’s life as well as understand why she had Lina come here. However, Lina didn’t expect to be shell shocked by its contents that change her life forever and the residual emotions of loss. With Ren, she figures out some things she’s not sure she wanted to know. And as she tours Tuscany, she finds that people come from all around for the art and gelato. Sometimes they find so much more.

Lina, think. You’re alone in a foreign country, a certifiable giant has just stepped forward as your father, and your home could be the setting for a zombie apocalypse movie. Do something.

 

This book marks 4 out of 25 authors, from my New Year’s resolution, that I’ve never read from before. This isn’t my typical book since I’m really into the Paranormal genre, but I couldn’t help myself because I love Italy.

 

This book was so sweet and beautiful so so pure. This book began on such a sorrow filled note, but I really loved that it turned into something more, something that could spring a new beginning with opportunities for newness and renewal. Handling the grief of losing a loved one is hard. You’re losing a part of your being, but this isn’t the focus. Lina is given the chance to understand and walk in her mother’s footsteps and keep a part of her close while discovering new things about herself.

Italia. Firenze. I spent Spring Break in Florence during my Senior year in college and I loved every second of it. From The Duomo to the Boboli Gardens to the Ponte Vecchio and SO MUCH MORE. It was all so splendidly placed throughout the story, really creating Florence and the rest of Tuscany. The shared history of the places wasn’t forced at all either. And the bright and lively color from the city to the sunsets to the food and the people of the country truly brought it to life. It was like I was back in Florence all over again and my heart just swelled with longing.

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Lina isn’t some rebellious teenager. She’s just a girl who’s hurting, confused and feeling really lost. Ren helps her find her way, which is great because it can be scary being in new place you don’t want to be with no friends. He’s goofy, kind, and adorable that you can’t help but fall in love with him. He introduces her to new possibilities and of course, gelato. And let me tell you, you’ve never had gelato if you’ve never been to Italy. There is a difference between what you find at the supermarket versus what you get at a gelateria. It’s the air and the place and the feeling that surrounds you.

Lina’s adventures with Ren isn’t all that I got to experience during the book. There were also her mother’s adventures from her journal too. The journal entries were sprinkled throughout as Lina adjusted to her new life. Each one pulled me in deeper and deeper and I was completely captured, just like Lina, with how wild and spontaneous the woman was. I really loved getting this peeking at her mother’s life. We always wonder if we’ll follow in our parents’ footsteps and doing so by this journal felt good. Felt right.

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There were many parts that I teared up at. There are discoveries that will pull at your heartstrings. I didn’t non-stop cry here, but I was feeling pretty shaky by the end. Family triumphs and first love finds always do that to me! Both are so special because they hold such a dear spot in your heart. So, no tears. But A LOT of heart pounding.

Every once in a while, I love reading a book like this. It’s special. There’s a purity and proof that there’s light in life. There are no major plot twists or major danger on the horizon. It’s just growing up and first loves and wonderful innocence.

Do I recommend this book? Si!

 

Quotables:

“From here on out there will only be before and after today.” (Lina, p. 2)

“My life was about to change. Again. What happened to normal, boring days?” (Lina, p. 272)

“The ring. The denial. The lie.” (Lina, p. 312)

“A life without love is like a year without summer.” (Howard to Lina, p. 376)

 

Below are a few other photos from my trip back in 2015. Such a beautiful country.  A week in Florence was too short.

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More to come soon…

-K.

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