Amity & Sorrow- a review

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Amity & Sorrow

by Peggy Riley

published by Little, Brown and Company

2013

I read a copy of this book that  I borrowed from the library.

Summary

A mother and her daughters drive for days without sleep until they crash their car in rural Oklahoma. The mother, Amaranth, is desperate to get away from someone she’s convinced will follow them wherever they go–her husband. The girls, Amity and Sorrow, can’t imagine what the world holds outside their father’s polygamous compound. Rescue comes in the unlikely form of Bradley, a farmer grieving the loss of his wife. At first unwelcoming to these strange, prayerful women, Bradley’s abiding tolerance gets the best of him, and they become a new kind of family. An unforgettable story of belief and redemption, AMITY & SORROW is about the influence of community and learning to stand on your own.  (from Goodreads)

My Review

I usually enjoy books about cults/polygamy, so when I saw this book making the rounds on book blogs, I got excited to read it-plus it has a pretty cool cover.  When I saw it in the library a few weeks ago, I gave a little happy dance and grabbed it up.  I liked the beginning of the book a lot, but after awhile I was a little creeped out by Sorrow.  That girl should not be allowed to roam free without some serious psychological help!  I did however like the other characters, especially Bradley.  I wanted to like Amaranth more, and feel sympathy/pity for her, but after awhile, I was like” Lady, your daughter is NUTS!  Keep her away from other people!!”  The writing was very good, the prose quite lyrical.  I did enjoy this book, only a little less than I had thought I would.

Rating

3 out of 5

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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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It’s Monday!  What are you reading?  is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey  where we discuss what we have been up to lately, and what we are looking forward to in the coming week.  Stop over there and see what other bloggers have posted!

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This week I had a lot of fun rereading The Book Thief by Mark Zusack for a Read Along over at It’s All About Books.  I admit it was a pretty slow week for reading otherwise, though I did spend a leisurely Sunday morning with a nice cup of coffee and the bulging Sunday Paper!!

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This week I am hoping to finally post my review of Amity & Sorrow by Peggy Riley.

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I am just breaking the spine on Lauren Graham’s Someday, Someday, Maybe.

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And after that I have The Never List by Koethi Zan, and In The House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods by Matt Bell waiting in the wings!!

What are you reading this week?  Please leave a comment- I’d love to hear from you !!!

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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It’s Monday!  What are you reading?  is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey  where we discuss what we have been up to lately, and what we are looking forward to in the coming week.  Stop over there and see what other bloggers have posted!

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 Here is what happened with me this week

Whew- my 3 year old nephew JUST left, and before I fall into a very deep sleep, I thought I would catch up real quick!

This week I read-

Beautiful Day 

by Elin Hildebrand

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Amity & Sorrow

by Peggy Riley

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I am currently reading-

The Book Thief

by Mark Zusack

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I am reading this for a great little read along over at  It’s All About Books,

We start the discussion tomorrow and I am almost done with part 3!

Up next-

Honestly not too sure.  I need to take a breath, wash some sheets, and figure out what’s next!

So- What have you been reading?

Please leave a comment and let me know!!

Bring on the Play Time!!

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I am probably not going to be able to post much over the next few days- my 3 year old nephew is getting dropped off to spend a few days with us while his parents attend a wedding (get drunk in wine country) in Napa.

Since I have a 15 year old son and a 13 year old daughter, it is safe to say it has been awhile since I have gotten down and dirty with a toddler.

This should be interesting!

When I do get a chance, I plan to write a review for-

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Beautiful Day by Elin Hilberbrand

I LOVED this book, as I have all of her books-they are like taking a mini-vacation!

I read this book in less than 32 hours!

And I am currently reading

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Amity & Sorrow by Peggy Riley

A mother and her daughters drive for days without sleep until they crash their car in rural Oklahoma. The mother, Amaranth, is desperate to get away from someone she’s convinced will follow them wherever they go–her husband. The girls, Amity and Sorrow, can’t imagine what the world holds outside their father’s polygamous compound. Rescue comes in the unlikely form of Bradley, a farmer grieving the loss of his wife. At first unwelcoming to these strange, prayerful women, Bradley’s abiding tolerance gets the best of him, and they become a new kind of family. An unforgettable story of belief and redemption, AMITY & SORROW is about the influence of community and learning to stand on your own. (Goodreads)

I am enjoying this a lot- about half way through and hoping to get more in before the little terror-I mean tyke- shows up.

I hope you are all having a wonderful week.  I will be watching lots of Pixar (hello Monsters University), visiting a farm for some apple picking, and playing a whole lot!