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Prospero’s Children by Jan Siegel Book Review

I started this book with really, really low expectations. It’s been a while since I’ve read anything of value so I was thinking that a teen book, YA section will probably keep my interest for an hour or so before I went out and then I can pick it up later and leisurely continue reading it without bothering too much about it.

But then, as I started reading, I had to double-back to specific sentences, paragraphs and then I got my pen out. I loved this.

…most legends germinate from a seed of truth and feed on the imagination of Man. We need our demons: they are symbols, overblown maybe, often exaggerated, but effective. They offer simple confrontations between Good and Evil. War, famine, and pestilence are much less straightforward.

This is the first book I’ve picked up in about 3 years about time travel and multi-verse and the lost city of Atlantis. (The last book being Hearts in Atlantis which had more to do with the Dark Tower than any lost civilization and lands).

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Water for Elephants

water2Not since I read Susan Elisabeth Phillips Kiss an Angel did I have the pleasure to read about life in the Circus. Glamorous, set in the 1930’s – it’s a vivid picture about life during the prohibition told through the eyes of a wanderer, a runaway, a travelling soul.

When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, grifters, and misfits the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth a second-rate travelling circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town.

Jacob, a veterinary student who almost earned his degree, is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her.

Water for Elephants is illuminated by a wonderful sense of time and place. It tells a story of a love between two people that overcomes incredible odds in a world in which even love is a luxury that few can afford.

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Susan Elisabeth Phillips – Kiss an Angel

5206576Let us meet Daisy Devreaux, 26. She has led a charmed and carefree life where she has been spoiled and sheltered. She definitely comes across as an airhead and a simpleton. Daisy is blindly optimistic about every situation, sometimes to the point of foolishness. She is full of optimism, love, bubbles and sunshine.

“She (Daisy) dug her nails into her palms and told herself she had no choice. “I, Theodosia…” She gulped for air. “…take thee Alexander…” She gulped again. “…to be my awful wedded husband…”

Alex Markov, her new husband, is intense and most people give him wide berth. Alex is definitely not a man who seems easy to get along with. I found him mean, condescending and moody.

“I told you from the beginning how this was going to be. I don’t respect you – I don’t even like you very much – and I sure as hell don’t have any intention of playing the bridegroom.”