This is one of the best books that I have read this year! It fills you with a multitude of emotions. I laughed and I cried, I got angry and I was sad. This is what a great book does, it makes you feel. I became immersed in this book. I felt a part of the story. The characters are richly developed and likable. There was one part where I got so angry at Julianne, though, it was a moment of vanity when she makes what I felt was a selfish decision. I don't want to give away the plot though. This story is vividly descriptive.
The Memory of Us was written by debut author Camille DiMaio. One of the first scenes involves protagonist Julianne visiting her twin brother at the institution that serves as his home. Julianne is not supposed to know that her brother exists; not only is she aware of him, she also makes regular clandestine visits to spend time with him. This defiance of convention and of parental wishes sets the tone for the rest of the book. It is at Bootle House that Julianne first encounters Kyle McCarthy. Julianne is accustomed to...
Liz & Lisa Best Book of the Month Selection Named a Summer Book Pick by Redbook, Working Mother, SheKnows, and Bustle. “This lovely story, with its aura of sadness, may remind some readers of Colleen McCullough’s The Thorn Birds. Di Maio plays on readers’ heartstrings like a virtuoso, drawing many tears and deep sighs as her story moves from happiness to tragedy and back again. Not only can Di Maio pull readers into the story with her straightforward prose and time-hopping narrative, but she keeps them turning the pages to watch her appealing characters find their true paths. This is a story that lingers long after the satisfying end.”
This book is a gorgeous, decades-spanning epic that explores the relationship of a wealthy Protestant girl and a working class Catholic man who is bound for the priesthood. The story of Julianne and Kyle does not lead where you might expect it will. It's actually based on a true story and has twists that you may not believe but are true - and truth being stranger than fiction - let me tell you, the truth of this book will absolutely break your heart. Then mend it again. And restore your faith in love.
Simply the most moving love story I have ever read. I bought it because of my interest in WWII in Britain, but it quickly morphed into a book I could NOT put down. I desperately needed to know what was going to transpire next. There will be tears; I can't remember the last time I cried reading a book, but the ending was very satisfactory. I don't like reviews that give too much of the plot away. Just buy this book!
Before the Rain Falls was such a fun read because it was very different than any other book I have read lately. As the book opens Della Lee is returning home to Puerto Pesar, a small Texas town near the Mexican border. At the same time, two other individuals converge on Puerto Pesar, Mike Anders, a struggling journalist hoping to pursue a career-reviving story, and Dr. Paloma Vega, a former resident of the town returning for a short stint to care for her grandmother and sister. The three cross paths and help each other resolve family issues and learn about love, loss and pursuing their own dreams. I truly enjoyed reading about the relationships they developed with each other. DiMaio also addresses how faith can sometimes shape people, not always for the better which was a subject that made me think long after I finished reading this book.
I read this while on holiday and enjoyed it without feeling shocked or blown away by any of the revelations in the story. Possibly it was telegraphed early on in the story that all was not what it seemed. It was an okay read without being anything spectacular. I have struggled to write a review and I'm not sure why that is. Did I have a problem getting through the book? No. Would I recommend it to a friend? Probably not. Why? There just seemed to be a lot of cliches.
There was one believable, well-developed character in this book. The others were flat and not interesting. The story was weak.
I really enjoyed this book. The premise hooked me right away. Granted I kind of figured out the end about half way through the book but that didn't ruin it for me. I thought it was interesting how the author used the drought almost like it was a character in the book. Each character was going through their own personal struggle but in the end all they needed was to come together. Everything had to work itself out before the rain could fall.