Monday, May 10, 2010

The Last Song

Author: Nicholas Sparks

For the last few weeks it’s been only food and books on my blog :-). I’ve been busy as a bee (or worse!) for the past few weeks and I think that will continue till at least the end of this month; but despite that a woman’s got to eat and read!!

Last Song is such a beautiful book! It starts with a teenage girl being forcefully sent to stay with her father over the summer, by her mother. She’s joined by her brother who’s feelings are diametrically opposite to those of her sister’s. She’s the most indolent kid one would’ve ever seen and her father the most patient. Her father and brother spend all the time together while she wastes away her days and often lands into troubles. One fine day, she meets Will and slowly they fall into  love. At the same time, her father’s patience with her pays off and they start getting along. However, that is just the beginning of the story. She’s yet to face an earth-shattering reality and tackle it.

I really loved the father’s character – there was something in that character that made me feel that he was out-of-the-world parent. His silent understanding and trust for his children was beyond measure and gave him that special relationship that he had with his kids. The novel is very “alive” – you can feel the emotions of every character. Another reason I like the novel was because it was in harmony with what I feel – it’s more important to be surrounded by people than to be surrounded by things! As I always say “Stop and smell the roses”, “Slow down and enjoy the scenery”, “It’s not the destination but the journey”…you get it! :-)

Bottomline: Love it!

Monday, May 3, 2010

The Wednesday Letters

Author: Jason F. Wright

I picked up this novel based on a blogger’s recommendation – she raved that she it was a very engrossing and touching story.

The story is about a husband and wife who die the same night and are survived by their three kids. Two of the three kids had rarely come home and it was the death of their parents that brought them together. As they go through the house, reminiscing the good times and the bad, they find boxes and boxes of letters. Their father used to write to their mother every Wednesday irrespective of where they were and unknown to them all these years. Some of the letters are plain janes, some funny, few romantic but all of them reflect how much their parents were in love and there is one which reveals a secret that none of them had any inkling of. A secret that rattles them all.

The story is indeed very interesting albeit filmy at times. It manifests the peaks and valleys of a marriage; and one can learn so much from the characters of the husband and wife.

Bottomline: I like it!