Reviews by mnlmom
history for real
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I find it difficult to say "I loved this book" even though I truly did and agree with another reviewer that while reading it, not much else happened in my life - I carried it everywhere and couldn't put it down or stop thinking about the people and the story. How is it possible to love a story about brutal, racist people commiting real, abomindable acts, or a story about war and the pain of killing others, no matter the context. It is possible because the imagery and the human connections forged by the author are irresistible, and the story is compelling enough to inspire me to work even harder to treat everyone I meet well, kindly and fairly, and to hold others accountable to do the same. I am still processing reading this story since I just finished it yesterday, and I'm sure I'll have more reactions soon. I hope you read it, I hope you are as captured by all the layers in it.
Powerful people, stunning history
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I picked this book up as I was searching around for something else at the library, brought it home and looked at it a bit more closely and decided to give it a go. The book starts out with remarkably violent and terrible events, and the story of the frontier west in our country as the civil war was ending is told. THis is a work of historical fiction, and she paints a human yet sad picture of life for the natives on the plains as western "civilization" moved westward. The stories of the main characters are told in a way that I could relate to everyone, feel their struggles and pain, and not really come up with any better solutions as they faced their challenges. This book does not have many light or happy parts, it is a serious and realistic telling of a hard, violent, desperate time and place, but it was fast reading for me- I couldn't put it down and I wanted to know these people's stories. Excellent historical story. I'd be curious to read what others think after reading it too.
a "sweet" story
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I enjoy books about people, and this novel is just a chapter by chapter peek into the lives of the lovely and endearing people taking a cooking class together, and the magical woman who teaches the class. It is all a bit warm & fuzzy, and I'm not sure of any big "take away" meaning other than slow down, enjoy life and your family and friends and food, especially when all together. Maybe there's nothing more important than that anyway. It is a charming, harmless, very quick and appetizing read. I recommend it just because it is a lovely little story, but don't expect any impressive literary work!
Couldn't stop reading
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This book was not at all what I expected. What a tale she has woven, and I loved every bit of it - I couldn't stop reading it until I was finished. I would like to read it again soon - there are so many details and so much history that sometimes it was hard to keep track of all that and the story line too - not in a bad way, but there's just so much going on in this story. She's an incredible story teller. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
a downer
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Eliza, the main character, is charming, it is true, but the story swirling around her of her imploding family and parent's collapsing relationship is sad. I was very stressed as I read this story and still don't know why I kept reading and finished it since I was so depressed by the story. Don't read this if you're looking for a cheerful story to escape into!