Monday, September 19, 2011

Book Review: These Is My Words

I loved this book! It was full of action and an amazing love story! I had a hard time putting it down at times and at the end I cried so much that my 3 year old kept asking me what's wrong. I don't know if I've ever cried like that at the end of a book.

I think what made the book so great was that the main character was as amazing as her love interest. It seems like in a lot of books with love stories that I usually feel like the heroine doesn't live up to the character of her true love. And that really bothers me sometimes. A lot of books make me feel like the man is so amazing and I'm confused why he even loves the heroine at all.

Not so with "These is my Words". I think that is what made the story more realistic for me. She was an independent woman but not so independent that she's opposed to men helping her and loving her. I found it interesting that she was a hard worker who liked running her own business but she also wanted to be married and be a mother. I think most women have both desires within them and I like to read about a character who does too. I think a lot of authors think their characters have to be one way or the other and that is why I have a hard time relating to the heroine a lot of times.

Sarah is a hard working person who gives much thought and attention to those around her. We get to see her in many situations (as a mother, daughter, friend, wife, etc.) and she is always trying to navigate her life and better herself. She doesn't just sit around waiting for Jack to come take care of her but she still needs him around. I thought it was fun to watch all the stages of their marriage and parenting journey and see myself and my husband in them. I thought it was a realistic love story because it was very passionate at times and quieter at others. It showed a pretty good portrait of what love looks like in all its stages. It wasn't idealistic or perfect or a larger than life romance. So well written!

I also liked the diary entry format. It was the perfect combination of story-telling and her inner thoughts. I loved how the author at times would give a daily description of things and then months or year would pass at others. That is how life is usually lived. Sometimes things happen all at once and sometimes they are spread out. This made the book really move along for me. Since I am still in the new mother phase of life I guess I related best to that part of the book and felt sad as she moved into the next stage and her kiddos got bigger...life really moves fast! Just another way that author plays with our emotions!

The supporting characters are great too. I laughed as much as I cried at some of the happenings and interactions between characters. I wish I could meet Sarah and her whole family. I'm sure we'd get a long great. Except for the fact that I'm in love with her husband, Captain Eliot! Right? Oh come on, you know you are too!

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