Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Eva Marie Everson's This Fine Life ~ Reviewed
This Fine Life
By: Eva Marie Everson
Revell / 2010 / Paperback
It's the summer of 1959 and Mariette Puttnam has just graduated from boarding school. Returning to her privileged life at home in a small Georgia town, she isn't sure what lies ahead. Is the answer waiting for her on the narrow stairwell of her father's apparel factory? A tender story of an unlikely romance!
Easily with a voice over like a woman reading from her diary, I could see this story as being a very touching and life changing film. With a romance similar to Nicholas Sparks'The Notebook as a reader there is a passion to shake open the minds of people shut off by social class and diversity. Following page by page in the mind and life of a simple woman, always on the outside of whatever group and situation she was in the lines of thought are interesting and for me easy to relate to.
This is the first whole book from author Eva Marie Everson that I have read, and it was not a sit down and get through it book. This was a deeper story that made you think and really understand the characters. There are a lot of meanings to the title and I believe that this is a learning and growing story for any reader. I do recommend it and look forward to going back to other books on my shelf from Eva as well as others to come.
Reviewed by: Margaret Chind
I would give this book three out of five stars. I enjoyed the book for the most part-a story of a young woman who finds her true love in a young man whom her parents don’t approve of her seeing, much less marrying; and how they “grow up” together as a pastor and his wife. However, the story would have been more enjoyable to me had the displays of physical affection not been so detailed… I still enjoyed this book, but my experience with it could have been better.
Reviewed by: Rachael Schnitker