It couldn’t be raining harder today. The last of the leaves are coming down off all the trees, and the garden looks sad as it hunkers down for winter.

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What? Tea, blanket and a book, you say? Why, I think that’s a great idea!

When I’m not trying new recipes, I read quite a bit in summer and winter, and always before bed. If you need something to read on this rainy day, check out these book reviews. (Check out my recommendations on GoodReads as well.)

The Light Between Oceans

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3.5 Stars, Category: Airplane Book

The story of a lighthouse keeper, his bride, and their life while they keep the lighthouse at the very southern tip of Australia.

The story is starts out very sweet. I am excited about the love and character the couple has when they meet, are wed, and move to their Lighthouse home.

Then, a body, and a baby wash up on the shore of this incredibly remote location. This is where the story kinda loses me. I can appreciate the struggles, but I don’t really ever get connected to Tom and Isabel’s actions following that event. I mean, I get it, but somehow it feels fictional.

I have a rule against spoilers, so you won’t get that here… The story doesn’t have a positive ending, or a negative one. I finished the book feeling somewhat like there were a couple of missing chapters ultimately needed to round out the story.

My final vote? I give it a medium rating of 3.5 stars, and falls in my category of Airplane Book.

The Butterfly Garden

Whoa, Mamma! This one was unforgettable. Couldn’t put it down… I mean, if you can handle the subject matter, which any normal person really can’t, but that’s kinda what makes it impossible to stop reading this psychological thriller29981261

 

Description: In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees…and a collection of precious “butterflies”—young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.

Just take that in for a moment. This book is the story of a group of girls that are kidnapped by a sexual predator who keeps them alive in the Garden, well, until he doesn’t. Then, he preserves them, so he can keep them forever. Seriously creepy.

The story is told from the point of view of Maya, one of the “Butterflies” after the garden has been discovered. She is sitting with the FBI telling the story. You learn so much about her and have hints of things, that you don’t know about yet. You MUST TURN THE PAGE to find out more. I want to tell you everything, but again, no spoilers.

Final Rating: 5 stars! Category: Page Turner! It’s 2 am? Just one more chapter!

I just read that they’re making this story into a movie. Read it before then. Everyone will be talking about it.

Question of the Day?

What is your favorite read of all time?