Tuesday, July 29, 2014

When Mockingbirds Sing

Coffey, Billy. When Mockingbirds Sing. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2013. Print.
When Mockingbirds Sing, Billy Coffey
image from: http://www.thomasnelson.com/when-mockingbirds-sing

My Thoughts
This was a free ebook download. I read it over the course of months, as I would find myself with a little time and my phone handy. There were several accolades in the front of the book claiming this to be a wonderful read. I was excited.

I kept wondering what was going to happen and how things would connect. This wonder kept me reading. There is a bit of mystery in the story, so I kept reading. The characters seemed a bit contrived, but I kept reading. The plot created unconnected episodes, but I kept reading. When I finally finished the book, I wondered why I kept reading. I know the theme of the book is hope, faith and rely upon God (or things unseen as God), but I was disappointed when I finished. The book slogged along forever, then abruptly wrapped itself up in a twister (pun intended).

I think this is supposed to turn into a series. I hope if it does, Coffey explains some things. For example, I'd like to learn more about why the dad's psychiatric practice was reduced to one patient. This patient circles back into the story, but at first it seems a distraction (Is this the metaphor that we often don't understand God's plan and things seem like a distraction?).

I also missed why the mockingbirds just showed up at various people's homes. Was this supposed to be an omen? Why mockingbirds? I think grackles are more ominous and annoying. Maybe I skimmed the explanation because I was just trying to get through the book.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mrs. Poe

Cullen, Lynn. Mrs. Poe. New York: Gallery Books, 2013. Print.
image from: http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1378705735l/16130398.jpg

My Thoughts
Who wouldn't want to read a book entitled Mrs. Poe? I was thrilled to receive this as a birthday present. I started reading yesterday and knew I would like this book! The preface to Chapter 1 is Edgar Allan Poe's poem The Raven. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

I'm about half-way through the book now and am enjoying it. I love how the author pulls in so many factual people and places to this story. "Not now, Hawthorne! I'll read your draft of The Scarlet-whatever as soon as I can" (Cullen 120). The author is witty. This story makes me wonder if Francis Osgood really did exist (I've not heard of Poe having a mistress before this book). I like that I get to see Virginia Poe more as a person instead of "the wife of Edgar" and nothing else mentioned.
I finished the book and enjoyed it all the way through the story. I was amused at Poe's character and others' reactions to him. Some admired him so and fell all over themselves to be near him while others held him in disdain (and Poe didn't seem to care). I liked seeing the romance blossom and the infusion of different poems. I also liked the ending twist. Something happens that I've never heard of in connection to Poe. I need to do some research.

The story takes place over two years.