Month: November 2011

What I’m Reading Now: Sweet Misfortune

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For someone who owns a chocolate shop, Sophie Jones is not very sweet. Her life is full of tragedy, starting with her parents’ death in a car crash on her ninth birthday, up to her fiancé Garrett mysteriously breaking up with her and moving away mere days before their wedding.

Always a realist and a cynic, Sophie knows that nothing lasts forever and disappointment is always around the corner, and is dismayed when Garrett comes back into her life.

Garrett has had a change of heart and wants another chance to make her happy. She says that true happiness is fleeting, while Garrett contends that there is no limit.

They make an agreement: Garrett will put an ad in the local paper seeking long-term happiness, and if he gets 100 responses that meet Sophie’s exacting standards, she will go out on one last date and hear why he left her.

Fans of Nicholas Sparks will enjoy this uplifting novel about second chances, circumstance, coincidence, and, of course, happiness. –Hilary Hatton

My Thoughts on The Gentleman Poet

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When I started reading The Gentleman Poet by Kathryn Johnson I thought that I might have been tricked. “Is this a kiddie book?” I wondered as I started reading. Not that the subject matter is for tots (not AT ALL!). It’s just that the font was about a 14.

It was an interesting story. A young servant girl with a tragic history is sailing for Jamestown, Virginia, with the Lady for whom she works. Their ship is caught in a severe storm and they are forced the land and build a new ship while they live in the Bahamas (heaven!) for a little over a year.

While on the island, the young girl befriends a kind ‘gentleman poet’ who was supposed to be the journey’s historian but he actually turns out to be William Shakespeare who is being inspired and, while there, writes The Tempest.

The young girl, Elizabeth Miranda, falls in love on the island with the ship’s cook, and it is an okay romance. There is a scene that seems to be out of place and words are spoken which I would find hard to forgive. And Elizabeth’s vow to never love/never marry, which lasts a good 2/3 of the book, does get a little weary.

The ending holds a surprise. The idea of Shakespeare living on a deserted island was interesting. Pick it up if you see it on the shelf, but do not go out of your way.