What were the main themes of the book? Betrayal, love and standing firm. Jeff is the hero that can survive anything but when he loses the woman he loves because ‘he is not good enough’ he retaliates. From start to finish, this book reminded me of the song by Kenny Rogers - Coward of the County. What is your favourite scene? How does one choose a favourite from so many good scenes. The scene that reached out to me was when Emelia treats Jeff’s wounds. This is the beginning of his fight and it seems as if he is in the middle of a grey fog. The writer then expertly guides Jeff and the reader through an emotionally charged story with distinctive narration and superb writing skills. Were you able to connect with the main character and why? Honestly, no. I was able to sense his loss and frustration but connected more with Anne. She appears to hold an important place in his heart and it is only when you get to the end, you realise how deep her ‘betrayal’ affected Jeff. The way the writer wraps up their story, wow. You’ll need tissues, I can tell you that much. Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.
What were the main themes of the book? Real life stories with a humorous twist. Much like Benjamin Wallace’s down to earth approach to life and parenting, John Hartnett shares the lighter side of life based on his experiences which weren’t always stereotypical but always flat out funny. This book was well-edited and I liked it A LOT. What was your favourite chapter? Here A Product, There A Product - This chapter focuses on product placement and drips with sarcasm. With the Internet and social media, people don’t always realise when they are being sold a product because of product placement. Were you able to connect with the main character and why? This is a non-fiction humour book based on the experiences of the author. Some chapters (experiences) were easy for the reader to understand and connect but some seemed out of place as if he was trying to ensure the book had a certain number of pages. Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.
Which did you find more appealing, the introduction or the conclusion? The introduction because the author uses it as a ‘guide’ for the family unit who is starting out. When the baby is born, they live together and as he grows older his parents move into their own home. For this reader, it is a necessary book for children to explore and understand the extended family unit. Why would you recommend or not recommend this book? Anyone who has read a Ladybird book growing up, will appreciate this story and author. It is as precious as the title and illustrations. My only criticism is the pricing of the book. I really wanted to gift it to my nephews and nieces but more than $5 for 35 pages seemed a bit much. We recently bought Twas the NIght Before Christmas and A Christmas Carol for a lot less. I understand that a lot of effort has gone into the book and at some point the author needs to recover her costs but the price did make me think twice. Others may feel different. Did the book description relate to the story? It did and although it is fine as it is I would have liked to know from the description how this book would benefit a child. How educational is it? Which age group is it best suited for? (I think any child 3 and above would appreciate the story) Were the illustrations hand painted? (I think they were) A more detailed book description might explain the price a little more as well. Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.