Friday, April 09, 2021

5 stars all the way

You know when you finish a book and you realise you have a big smile on your face?

I was like that last night with Away with the Penguins by Hazel Prior

Veronica McCreedy is 86, rich, alone, and doesn't like anyone. She wasn't always like that but life took its toll, and we find out gradually how she became a not particularly likeable narrator. We see her discover a grandson she didn't know she had and doesn't like, but mostly we journey with her to Antarctica and, like her, fall in love with Adelie penguins.

A joyous 5* read.

It's the second consecutive 5* book I've read. I only award five stars if the book is brilliant and has something special about it. I love and have read all of Katie Fforde's romcoms but I'd give those 4* because there is a predictability about them. Which is fine. I'm all for a bit of happy ending and nice heroines and heroes. But for 5* it has to be a bit more.

The Book of Longings

By Sue Monk Kidd

If you are not uncomfortable imagining a married Jesus this book will give you a wonderful insight into life for women in Israel at that time. It's narrated by Ana, sister of Judas, wife of Jesus. It's fiction by the way, but as well as the lot of women it's gives an alternative viewpoint on the motives of Judas. 

Highly recommended 5*


Martha said...

I think I would especially enjoy the first one. Thanks for your reviews. :)

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I like Sue Monk Kidd. I read her memoir "Dance of a Dissident Daughter" when it came out about 20 years ago. I have no problem imagining a married Jesus. I have no problem imagining a gay Jesus either. That's usually one step too far for even liberal Christians though, LOL!

Boud said...

These sound intriguing. I have no problem imagining Jesus as anything, in fact. Given that he's a metaphorical figure anyway. I always thought John, the youngest apostle who was said to rest his head on Christ's chest, was his partner.

Janie Junebug said...

I've read two of Sue Monk Kidd's books. They were very good and I would not be troubled by a married Jesus.