Francisco, but somehow managed to leave her soul in New Orleans. When
she’s not creating and cultivating her characters, she enjoys dining
on spicy tuna rolls, sharing a bottle of red wine with friends and
watching the latest flick (especially scary films). From time to time
this radiant left-handed pirate will even challenge others to a
fencing match or two. But, watch out. This Gemini is determined to win!
Hans Christian Andersen:
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Story Rating: *****
Cover Rating: B
This is an old favorite of mine, which I’ve reread a dozen times. The story is riveting, gripping, and presents larger-than-life yet truly realistic characters. Anyone who has read my reviews knows that I value believable, detailed characters with flaws that make them human – and this book creates those beloved characters better than most I’ve read.
The story itself is set in two time periods, and Flagg allows for an easy transition from one to the other. The book has a realistic set in the old south, which offers a look at that time period. It also presents adventure, mystery, intrigue, heartache, joy, and a thousand other emotions in one easy-to-read telling.
The cover is eye-catching and presents a fairly accurate depiction of what reads should expect to find within it’s pages.
Story Rating: *****
Cover Rating: A
This book is a beautiful story about survival of the human spirit. It tells the story of a young colored girl in the south not long after the abolishment of slavery, when racial tensions are still high – and dangerous. The way the story is told is both eloquent and easy for younger audiences to read. You will cry, you will laugh, you will feel as though you’ve actually stepped into the shoes of Cassie Logan as she lives out her life and struggles her struggles. I highly suggest that everyone, child and adult alike, read this story to get an accurate representation of this time in American history as told through the eyes of a child.
The cover is both eye-catching and gives an accurate representation of what readers should expect from the story.
This story pulls you in right from the very beginning. The author is talented, to be sure, and the plot line is incredibly interesting. It starts out in a way that you would assume is cliché, but moves forward to show you that it is not cliché at all. I only had two problems with the book, and they were both matters of personal preference. First, I felt the story was a little rushed, and second, I felt it lacked depth. I felt more like I was being TOLD rather then SHOWN. Of course, I’m a real stickler for details- the more, the better. Now, allow me to stress the fact that the plot line is fascinating. I also greatly appreciated the fact that this book highlighted the tragedies of the Alabama tornado. I have a large portion of my family who are from Alabama, and I know how hard that tragedy affected everyone. Second, I greatly appreciated the fact that the author slipped in some information about Addison’s Disease, as it is a little known disease that should receive more attention. My Mamaw suffered from it, and I know the travesties it can wreak upon a body when left unchecked. If there were a follow up book, would I read it? Probably. While I prefer more detailing at a slower pace, I couldn’t help but feel drawn into the story nonetheless. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a sweet, light read that highlights a few major traumatic events.
*This review was done by Chelsea*
Where, oh where, do I even begin? Okay, so the book is based below the Mason-Dixon, i.e. the south. It actually takes place in Mississippi, and the main character is a strong, Christian farmer who has quite an interesting story for a small town southern boy. That being said…
Well, Troubled Fields is quite a story. Actually, it’s more like a really big great story in which smaller, just as great stories, are intertwined. Each individual person jumps to life with vivid detailing that makes you grow attached to them- almost as though they were your friends. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: that my dear friends, is the mark of a good book. What I really liked was that the book was subtly Christian based. It wasn’t in your face, but it put the word of God out there in such a way that even stubborn people would not be offended. The tale is so awe inspiring, deftly woven with a very realistic Christianity. It is the type of southern Baptist upbringing I had. Actually, the book reminded me very much of my own upbringing, and in the strangest way possible, I was so thankful that it did. Those days are past me, but I almost felt as though I could reach out and grab my own memories even as Ray reached out and grabbed hold of his. I know I’m rambling, but the book has me shocked. It was a stunning narrative- an inspirational story of true endurance and preservation in the face of ungodly turmoil. It is a book that everyone could learn something from, and become so wrapped up in the story that they didn’t even know they were learning anything. I laughed, I cried, I even talked to the book as I was reading!!! (Much to my husband’s confusion!!) Seeing as he is so talented, I certainly hope to see many future publications from Dennis Manor. I will be one of the first to read each of them!