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Petals in the Wind * Book 2 * V.C. Andrews Book Review

I am very happy I did not purchase a hard cover / paperback for the next book in the Dollanger series after reading Flowers in the Attic * Book 1 * V.C. Andrews Book review. I went with an e-Book and I wanted to scream and trash and burn away every shread of technology that kept this copy. It was such a shitty book… Solid 0.1/5

220px-PetalsontheWind.jpgThis book was probably released a year apart from the original story just to cash in on the fame. It was so terribly written that it somehow soiled my first impression of Flowers in the Attic.

Petals on the Wind picks up immediately where Flowers in the Attic left off: with Cathy, Chris, and Carrie traveling to Florida after escaping Foxworth Hall. Still weak from the effects of the poison that killed her twin Cory, Carrie gets sick on the bus. Henrietta “Henny” Beech, a mute African-American woman, rescues them and takes them to the home of her employer, 40-year-old widower Dr. Paul Sheffield of Clairmont, South Carolina. At first the children refuse to reveal their identities, but once Cathy is convinced that Paul genuinely cares and might be able to help them, she tells him their story. Paul, a single middle-aged man, decides to adopt the three siblings and offer them the best life possible. Yes. Who would not immediately adopt three siblings who show up at your doorsteps with signs of arsenic poisoning?

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American Pastoral * Philip Roth Book Review

It took me ages to finish this book, not because it was boring but because it was filled with clumpy description of un-interesting events and people who had little to no meaning towards the story.

I got interested in this great classic of American literature after watching the movie starring Ewan McGregor and I thought – the movie was half decent and had a good premise, the book must be awesome. I was so wrong!american_pastoral_2560.jpg

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George Orwell – A clergyman’s daughter

Imagine life in rural England in the 1930’s from the perspective of a single woman approaching mid-life. Dorothy is such a woman, an active member and leader of the Sunday School, the Girl Guides, the Band of Hope and the Companionship of Marriage as well as attending the Mothers’ Union.
Her day is filled completely with church work. She has a round of visits to be made every day except Sundays.

The only member of the parish to whom Dorothy enjoys a special relationship is Mr Warburton. Dorothy likes his sarcastic wit and sense of humour, although he is neither a church-goer nor an accepted member of the village community.

Mr Warburton is scandal-ridden, as he “had lived, or rather stayed periodically, in open concubinage with a woman whom he called his housekeeper.”

One night, after a vivid conversation, Mr Warburton accompanies her back home and when he tries to kiss her goodbye, the town-gossip, a busy-body neighbour, Mrs Semprill, looks out of her window and notices the incident.

it’s the things that happen inside you that matter.

There follows a sudden cut in the book and when we re-start the story, we find ourselves in London where Dorothy is wandering in tattered clothes, not knowing who she is or where she comes from.