Gabriel’s Angel

So this book is the re-read part of my challenge. When I was thinking about which book I wanted to blog about, this was the first one that came to mind. This was the book that made Nora Roberts my favorite author and the book that made me fall in love with reading. I hadn’t picked this novel since high school, over 10 years ago. I am showing my age, aren’t I? 😉 I couldn’t wait to get reading.

Gabriel Bradley hid himself away in the snowy mountains of Colorado to escape some 59823problems back home and in hopes that the fresh, rustic air would inspire him to paint again. Things were not going very well, the unfinished pictures were proof. A blizzard entwines his life with a lovely woman’s and their lives change forever. Not only is she charming, beautiful and the newest subject of his art… She is very pregnant and carries her own secrets.

Reading this story was like visiting with an old friend; it was comfortable. I knew all the twists, turns and characters but it was like I was reading it for the first time. It was a great re-read choice and I enjoyed it just as much as I did when I read it for the first time. There is a little history between me and this book. It was the first real adult novel I had read from start to finish and by no means is it an “adult novel”, it is a typical Nora Roberts so you know it is a genuine love story. I saw it in K-Mart and I had no clue what it was about nor did I take the time to read the jacket. I just told my mom I wanted this book and she bought it for me. When I finished it, I was so in love with the story, I had to read it again…And again. I believe I read it 3 or 4 times in a row. Then a few more time within the next few years.

This time around, I was able to read it as an adult and really pay attention to the tone, plot,the characters; basically everything that I usually do. I think the tone is really relaxing even though some stressful events go on. The beginning of the book is what sets the feel up for the rest of the book; something about being in the mountains, living in a cabin surrounded by sheets of snowfall and silence do it for me every time. If you haven’t experienced that in your life, I suggest you do and fast. The quiet kind of follows you and the characters through the whole book, it comes and goes depending on what is happening with the characters.

Speaking of characters, there are great ones who are easy to love or easy to hate. Laura and Gabe are the ones you love from the start. Their relationship is another big tone setter as they are comfortable together and fit in each others lives like puzzle pieces. It was really fun to see and be able to connect with their relationship in a different part of my life. When I first read about them I was a 16 year old girl who hadn’t experienced true love yet and I wanted what they had. Now that I have it, I could see what made this book so amazing. Now, there are always characters that are life wreckers and you wish you could punch them. The Eagletons and a woman names Marion are those women. I remembered how much I didn’t like them and their scheming; I promise nothing has changed. From the second they stepped into the story, old feelings showed themselves.

The plot, I love. I still love it! Every time I looked at this book sitting on my shelf I thought to myself “that was a damn good book”. When I think about it now, having read many other Nora Roberts books, this is one of her best. The little twists that are inserted into the story are unseen. There are plenty of ups and downs that keep the readers interested. Even before I decided to pick it up, I could remember the story, characters, everything clear as day because it was unique and it sticks with you. Some of her books these days are too similar to each other. The books she wrote “back in the day”, as in when Gabriel’s Angel was written, were one of a kind. Yes, they have the same underlying structure but so does every other book and everything else in life.

I had never thought about re-reading books before, once was generally enough for me because they impacted my book life so much. I also decided that it wasn’t a good idea reading a book that I already had because there are so many other books for me to read in the world. I can change my ways right?? I absolutely loved it and I do want to make it a goal of sorts to re-read all of my favorite books to see how they have changed as I have. I had a lot of fun and it was a nice break from the other book I was reading; it was also a very easy read since I already had characters and settings built in my mind.

Something that I thought was really fun while reading this was how easy it was to imagine the characters, the houses, the cities again. They were all exactly the same as when they first appeared in my mind; it was amazing. I think that is why I said reading this was like seeing an old friends again. I had already made everything and everyone up in my mind, I was just revisiting it. I also don’t read two books at the same time but I really enjoyed it. Maybe I wasn’t in the mood for one but was in the mood for another. Which ever book suited my mood at the time was the one I read. Oh how times have changed.

The Good:
The story
The Characters
The overall feel of the book
Not a predictable read (If you are reading it for the first time)
A unique Nora Roberts novel

The Bad:
NO SUCH THING IN THIS BOOK. I wasn’t even bored when reading it again.

Overall: Pick this book up ASAP. I love it so much and want everyone to read it. It is an easy, quick read packed with emotion, steamy romance and an addicting storyline. Go get it. 

Rating: 5 out of 5 🙂 

Up Next:  The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark

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My (Not So) Perfect Life

This is Sophie Kinsella’s newest book of the year and as always, I am anxious to buy it to see what comedy she has cooked up next. Some of her books are so hilarious that I can’t put it down while others are not hard to put it away for the night. Unfortunately, this one wasn’t impressive to me and it lacked that charm and humor I look forward to.

51lV4IW8bXL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Katie has the perfect life… On Instagram. The pictures of her London flat doesn’t reveal that she rents a tiny bedroom and has 2 other roommates. Pictures of that gorgeous plate of food, not really hers. That perfect job she has, she is just a research assistant whose boss doesn’t even know she exists. She wants the perfect life but isn’t able to get it yet so what will it hurt to pretend a little?? When her boss fires her, she has no choice but to move back to her parents house in the country side. Katie thought she has escaped from the drama of leaving the job but it catches up with her at the family business. Her ex-boss is staying at the farm and there is only one thing Katie wants to do get back at the person who fired her.

So this books has a few giggles and it is easily relatable. Truly, no ones life is perfect, there is always something that you do not see. It is a fun story line with some twists and turns that offers those short laughs or the ones that come out when you cringe at something. That is really it. There wasn’t that gut busting laugh or the “just one more chapter”. This book was just okay. I guess the bar was set higher for me with Wedding Night and hopefully, Kinsella finds her way back to the light-hearted humor writing.

I liked all the characters you get to meet. Katie: the aspiring branding agent. Demeter: the boss you don’t get along with but once you got to know them you realized why they were the way they were. Alex: the hottie who might be into you but you don’t want to ruin anything. Then, the parents: the people who always want the best for you and you never want to let them down. All of the characters are people you know or have known in the past no matter who or where you are. These are the people who are real. I think that is what I liked most about this book, the real-ness of it.

This is probably the shortest review I have written on here because I just don’t know what to write about for this book. What?! I always have a ton of things to say about a book; just now I thought I had writers block. I don’t. It is just this book wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be so I don’t have anything to say about it. What does that say about the book?

Personally, I think it said that this book was bland and the only things that stood out was that it wasn’t as funny as you may think it will be, the characters are the most relatable characters on the planet and it is real. That’s it. There wasn’t any depth to it and maybe the chick-lit genre readers aren’t looking for depth anymore. Maybe they just want a book that is light and easy to get through, who knows. It was just kind of eh for me but that is okay because it challenges me to recognize things I did and didn’t like, then put them on here (which wasn’t a whole lot).

The Good:
Relatable characters
Real-ness Element

The Boring:
Not very funny
Story line was good but dragged too much
Bland overall

Overall: If you are a die-hard Sophie Kinsella fan and read every one of her books, get this one into your collection. If not, I think it is safe to say you are not missing much. 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Up Next: Gabriel’s Angel by Nora Roberts