Cut to the Chase #5: A Very Brief Book Review

The Lending Library by Aliza Fogelson

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I can only assume this story takes place in an alternate universe, one free of war, famine, or plague. A world in which a teacher has time to bake elaborate pastries and run a small library out of her home, and a sexy construction worker enjoys reading Don Quixote in his spare time. There is of course some conflict–there wouldn’t be a story without it. But it feels cloaked in naivete.

Despite this world being annoyingly perfect, I kept reading because I found something endearing about the story. It gave me a chance to escape this rotten universe. You can’t help but fall in love with the characters and the small town they live in. And even though I’m a cynic, I’m also a hopeless romantic. And as soon as the story hinted at a potential romance, I was hooked.

3/5 ♥

Cut to the Chase #2: A Very Brief Book Review

Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett

Rabbit Cake by Annie  Hartnett

This is a very unique and lovely novel.  Animals play an important role in this book, they’re characters, not props. There were moments that made me cry. Oh man, I love a book that makes me cry. The narrator is young but it’s more of a retrospective narrative with a very clear voice. I really enjoyed this book. I just loved it.

5/5 ♥

If you like this, you might also like: The God of Animals by Aryn Kyle, Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt