Contemporary Fiction

A Vintage Affair
Author: Isabel Wolf
Published By: Bantam Books
Date Published: June 29, 2010
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 346
Recommended Age: Adults
Reviewed By: Me
Rating: B/4

I borrowed it from the library

Phoebe Swift owns a boutique dealing with vintage clothing called Village Vintage.  She is also dealing with the loss of her best friend and her guilt over the part she played in her friend’s death.  While at an elderly Frenchwoman, Thérèse Bell’s apartment looking through old clothes she may buy she comes across a child’s sky-blue coat, an item which Bell is stubbornly reluctant to part with.  As she becomes friends with the dying Thérèse, Thérèse tells her the story of why she will never part with the coat. Hearing the tale, Phoebe discovers a connection between herself and Thérèse, one that will heal her own pain and help her to love once again.

Theresa's Thoughts:
I am surprised that I actually like this book. When my book club voted on what book to read this month, I had voted against this book and was disappointed it got majority of the votes.  It didn’t seem like a book I would choose to read on my own…a book about clothes, really? 

It is well written and easy to read. Yes, it talks a lot about clothes. It talks about the designer, the year the clothing was made and the costs, but it also tells the history of who last wore the dress, pants, or even the accessories like a purse. It seems that some of the clothing gave the women courage to do things they felt they couldn’t do on their own, like blow the whistle on their bosses, or break up with an overbearing and bossy boyfriend.  Some of the stories are quite touching such as the story of the Jewish girl during WWII, which has a big part in making the book more interesting for me as I am fascinated by stories of WWII and the plight of the Jewish people during the war. A Vintage Affair is emotionally tugging and I found myself crying towards the end of the book.

I gave A Vintage Affair four stars and a grade of B because I enjoyed the book and found myself actually wanting to finish it, and not dragging my feet, kicking and screaming through it because I had to have it read for my book club. If you like contemporary fiction, I recommend A Vintage Affair by the internationally bestselling author, Isabel Wolff.

Language: none
Adult Content: Talks about concentration camps from WWII and other forms of death, some sex
Violence: none


The Lovely Bones

Author: Alice Sebold
Published By:  Little, Brown & Company
Date Published: August 29, 2006
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 384
Recommended Age: Adults
Reviewed By: Me
Rating: D/2

This book is from my own collection.

It’s a sad story about a murdered young girl who from Heaven watches her family deal with her death and how her murder gets away.

Theresa's Thoughts:
I didn’t care for this book. This book was very boring. If I was grading it on it’s boring-ness it would get an A, but I am not.  It’s surprising this was on the best seller list at all.  I feel I should be compensated for the time I lost reading this book instead of reading another more interesting one.

I did like the father of the dead girl.  He never wavered in trying to find out the truth and wanting justice for his daughter’s death.  I can’t say the same for the mother.  She just wanted to forget it about and try to start a relationship with the handsome police office.

This book is mostly likely a fantasy, because we do not know what Heaven is like.  Everyone has a different perception of what the After-life will hold.  I gave this book 2 stars and grade of D because it started out well, but after the first 2 chapters it plummeted.   If you like the book What Dreams May Come, then I would recommend this book, other than that, I would say stay clear of it.

Language: none
Adult Content: Sexual Content, Adult Subject Matter, Heavy topics
Violence: Violent Rape and murder scene


A Dog’s Purpose

Author: W. Bruce Cameron
Published By: Forge Books
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Date Published: July 6, 2010
Pages: 320
Recommended Age: Young adults, Adults
Read & Reviewed By: Me
Rating: A/5

 "What is your dog's purpose?"-Theresa

I got the book from the library.

Have you ever wondered what goes on in the mind of our beloved dogs or if they have souls?  This is a tale of one dog that spends his lifetime wondering what his purpose in life is and has many adventures trying to figure what that purpose is.

My Thoughts:
I loved this book. I always liked how books and movies give animals their own personalities and working thoughts because I believe they do have them.  Cameron wrote an excellent book.  He has way of writing that can make the reader laugh on one page and cry on another.

 I gave this book five stars and a grade of A because he made me laugh and cry.  Bravo!!! I look forward to Cameron’s next novel. If you are an animal lover, especially a dog lover I recommend A Dog’s Purpose.  It will leave you looking at you pet in a new way.

Language: Clean language
Adult Content: No Adult content
Violence: Some hints of Animal abuse & Neglect, and arson


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