Monday, August 30, 2010

A Contemporary Look: Moon Over Tokyo by Siri Mitchell




            Description:


            Though Stars and Stripes reporter Allie O’Connor has lived in Japan for two years, she still feels like a foreigner. As her best friend prepares to move away, she prays for a new friend. Just a friend.
Soon after this prayer she runs into Eric Larsen at church, an old classmate from high school. Eric has recently been assigned to the U.S. embassy and lives in Allie’s district in Tokyo. In school they had been polar opposites. He had been captain of the debate team; she had edited the literary magazine. He drank espresso, while she preferred green tea. He is definitely not the friend she was looking for. And yet...here he is. Here she is.Will Allie accept this unexpected answer to her prayer? And will she be brave enough to really see the person she once chose to overlook?

          The thing that I loved most about this book was the life of an aspiring author it portrayed. I had no idea the heroine's struggles to become a writer, to put her dreams on paper, was such a big theme of this book. For me, this was what made the story. This, and the romance. Eric was so sweet, so understanding, so helpful.
         I also learned a lot about the daily life in Japan and generally about Tokyo. I had difficulty putting this book down.
          The only complaint I have is the fact that so much space was given to their political views, and how much these differ. I wish this space was occupied by their views on God. It seemed immature, silly and out of place. If the reader doesn't happen to be a politics enthusiast, he is bored and confused. Why are politics such an important part of their life? Why hasn't God replaced all this zest for politics in their hearts with zest for doing His will and helping others?
         The part where she is reluctant to fall in love with this amazing guy just because they differ in their political opinions was, for me, one of the most un-christian aspects I have read in a christian fiction book. That's why I give it a three star review. Otherwise, the writing was delightful, the characters alive and the setting really fun.

Rating: 3/5
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Friday, August 20, 2010

Wallpapers: The Age of Innocence



       I must have watched this film about ten times and read the book another fifteen. I find it absolutely enchanting every single time. The last couple of times I actually watched it with my husband, which made it even more worth watching, as we talk it over afterwards.
       I hope you like these wallpapers (click on them to enlarge). They are free, but a comment would be appreciated. Have a nice weekend!
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Period Pearl: Loving Soren by Caroline Coleman O' Neill



       Description:

      Set in Copenhagen and the Danish West Indies in the mid-nineteenth century, Loving Soren is the true story of Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, told from the point of view of his fiancee. It is about a woman who tries to save a man from himself, and ends up losing her self in the process. And it raises the issue: can you ever get over your first love? A historical novel of faith, love and identity about one of the most regarded philosophers of the modern era.

      This book is the best way to learn about the life and the work of the genius poet and philosopher Soren Kierkegaard. It is also a story about a woman torn between two men, the one handsome, loving and almost perfect, the other strange and subject to despondent moods, but with the special magnetism some men have on a particular woman. Surprisingly, it is also a book of God, telling how His place in our lives is, in the end, our lifeline to sanity and wisdom. 
      It is complex, yet very well-written, the characters sometimes tortured, sometimes believing, but always real. So real, that maybe you will recognize yourself in some aspects of their personalities and lives. I certainly did.

Rating: 4/5
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Sunday, August 1, 2010

From the G. Heyer Shelf: Cotillion by Georgette Heyer

 

   Description:

    Young Kitty Charing stands to inherit a vast fortune from her irascible great-uncle Matthew--provided she marries one of her cousins. Kitty is not wholly adverse to the plan, if the right nephew proposes. Unfortunately, Kitty has set her heart on Jack Westruther, a confirmed rake, who seems to have no inclination to marry her anytime soon. In an effort to make Jack jealous, and to see a little more of the world than her isolated life on her great-uncle's estate has afforded her, Kitty devises a plan. She convinces yet another of her cousins, the honorable Freddy Standen, to pretend to be engaged to her. Her plan would bring her to London on a visit to Freddy's family and (hopefully) render the elusive Mr. Westruther madly jealous.


     The hero of this delightful book, Freddy, isn't your usual dashing, perfect, hunky Mr. Handsome. Oh, he is handsome enough, but he is also shy and doesn't know how to flirt. However, that makes him the most refreshing character I have ever read about. He is funny and sweet and caring. Which makes this book unbelievably funny and romantic. One more of Mrs. Heyer's masterpieces.
      As for Mr. Westruther, the plan seems to succeed and he finally comes around. Or does he?

Rating: 5/5

P.S. The photo of the full cover is from the Georgette Heyer sitcom.
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