One Minute Book Review: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

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The Summary:

Molly Ayer has to complete a community service project, and her boyfriend has secured her a project to help an elderly lady clean out her attic. But what Molly finds while helping Vivian Daly clean out her attic is a lot more than just trinkets and old clothes. She discovers a compelling story about another young woman in the same position as she.

What I liked:

So this tugs at your heartstrings. I mean hugely, but not in such a way that you can never recover. I liked that this wasn’t a “ruin your life, I can never trust another book again” kind of book. It was a good story, with some tough subject matter, but with a good ending, and I like a book with a good ending.

What I didn’t like:

The beginning of this book kind of lagged a bit. Once you really get into it it’s pretty compelling, but until then there’s a definite risk of getting bored. My suggestion is to stick with it, for at least the first 100 pages before you judge it.

Verdict:

I would recommend this book to most of my friends, I think. It was a pretty good book, and I think would appeal to a wide audience.

One Minute Book Review: The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

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The Summary:

Dinah (pronounced Deenah) only got a small chapter in the Bible. In this book her life is expanded, taking you from before her birth to her death.

What I liked:

This was a complicated book for me. I am still waffling over whether I liked it or didn’t like it. What I definitely did like was Ms. Diamant’s ability to put you in the time period she was writing about, so you felt like you were there. I was also impressed by Ms. Diamant’s ability to evoke feelings in me. I cried three or four times during this book, and I’m not a big emotional reader, so that was a big feat. This book makes you feel and I loved that.

What I didn’t like:

This is complicated. Understand that I’m a Christian. And while I didn’t object to the liberties Ms. Diamant took with the story, I just wasn’t sure about the whole rampant paganism in the story. Now, understand that I don’t have any problems with paganism, and of course, there should be some. One of the big events in Jacob and Rachel’s story is that she takes Laban’s household gods. I just wasn’t sure how the paganism portrayed here would have fit in with Jacob’s idea of the one true God. I mean, if he believed enough to carry on the covenant of Abraham, why wouldn’t he ask his family to follow him in his beliefs? Also, the men in this story seemed very lackluster. I know this was a story about women, but. . . I felt the men were ill-treated in this, and I would have liked to have seen more depth in them.

Verdict:

There are some people who are going to love it, and some people who are going to hate it, and I’m not sure where the line is drawn here. If you like historical fiction, though, or literary fiction, then I think you will enjoy this one.