I put up images of the book's covers because I am a very visual person and it helps me to remember something if I have a picture. Hopefully you will read and enjoy at least one of these books!
This book by Sophie Kinsella surprised me. I did not like Confessions of a Shopaholic nor did I like Remember Me. Pretty much the only reason I decided to read it was because I needed an easy read after reading The Hiding Place and Evidence Not Seen (which I hope to review later).
The book is about a young woman who lives in London and is haunted by her great-aunt's ghost. The problem is she never met her great-aunt and she definitely does not understand her "ways". Her great-aunt, Sadie, appears as a 23 yr. old woman, not as the 105 yr. old that she was. She also is obsessed with the twenties decade because that is when she was in her twenties. The two form a relationship that is completely humorous and touching. They are on a mission to find a necklace that is precious to Sadie and in the end find way more than just the necklace. I suggest reading this book because it is entertaining and so much fun! It is a great read for the Holidays when you just want to relax and unwind and have some extra time to do nothing.I would LOVE to see this book become a movie! I think it would be an instant hit (with the female gender, of course)! I believe it could make you laugh, cry and inhale sharply due to shock =)
I finished re-reading this book and I have to say it was like seeing an old friend that you have not seen in forever; you know you love them but when you see them you are reminded of how much you love them and why.
I will share the reasons why I love this book. It is told from the vantage point of a child. How clearly she (Scout) sees the world. She sees through the covers of adults and sees the truth. Everything is so cut and dry to her. It is so simple and yet she is but a child. She does not understand how adults, who are presumably wiser, do not see the simple truths of life, yet she, as a child, understands these truths.
To see life through a child's eyes is extremely humorous in such an innocent way. My favorite scene is when she goes to jail at night while Atticus is guarding Tom Robinson and a group of scraggly men from Old Sarum arrive and are surrounding Atticus when Jem, Scout and Dill pop out. Scout spots a familiar face, Mr. Cunningham, and remembers Atticus telling her that it is polite to speak to people about subjects that they are interested in. She begins to strike up a one-sided conversation as Mr. Cunningham is too ashamed of himself to speak with her. In the end the gang leaves and Scout is confused as to Mr. Cunningham's lack of words. She does not even realize she has helped her father beyond belief. That is a wonderful thing about children, they are typically honest about what they think and shoot you straight without realizing the effects. Where does that go as people "grow up"?The simple way this story is told and the concepts and truths that are scattered all through out are timeless, humorous, entertaining and endearing. I HIGHLY recommend to read this book and if you have already read it I suggest re-visiting! You won't be disappointed!