Review: The Good Earth: Classic Collection

Title:  The Good Earth: Classic Collection

Series: House of Earth #1

Author: Pearl S. Buck

Published: August 1, 2007 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published 1931)

Excerpts: Begun on simple farmer Wang Lung’s wedding day, the story follows his simple, sometimes naive, and often one sided view of the Chinese culture, times, and his connection with the land.

Quotes: “Now, five years is nothing in a man’s life except when he is very young and very old…

– Wang Lung”

― Pearl S. Buck, The Good Earth

My Review: Just finished listening to this for #ayearathon diversity challenge and I enjoyed it in the beginning but really didn’t like it in the end. After the readathon I may need to take a look at the criticism of the book to get the deeper meaning. Glad I listened to it anyway as it’s been on my tbr for a while now.

My Rating: I gave it 2 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Would I recommend: No, I really found this one of the most boring stories that I ever read.

Review: The Help by Kathryn Stockett Bahni Turpin (Narrator), Octavia Spencer (Narrator), Cassandra Campbell (Narrator), Jenna Lamia (Narrator)

Title:  The Help

Author: Kathryn Stockett

Published: April 30, 2009, by Penguin Group (USA), Inc.

Excerpts: Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers

If you’ve enjoyed the southern charm of Fannie Flagg or The Secret Life of Bees, you’ll find The Help a delight. Miss Eugenia Phelan (“Skeeter” to her friends) is a young woman of privilege who enjoys her fellow Junior Leaguers but sometimes finds their ways at odds with her own principles. She plays the part of her station in 1960s Mississippi but can’t help feeling dissatisfied with keeping house and acting as recording secretary at league meetings, and yearns for something more.

Minny, Miss Celia, Aibileen, and Yule May are maids employed by Skeeter’s friends. Each woman cooks, cleans, and cares for her boss’s children, suffering slights and insults silently and sharing household

secrets only among themselves. In the wake of the Junior League push to create separate bathrooms for the domestic help within private homes, Skeeter contacts a New York book editor with an idea. Soon she’s conducting clandestine meetings

with “the help” to capture their stories for publication. It is a daring and foolhardy plan, one certain to endanger not only the positions but the lives of the very women whose stories she transcribes — as well as her own.

Stockett is a wonderful novelist, and The Help is a charming, thoughtful novel about women finding their voices, and the truths we see when we have the courage to look unflinchingly into the mirror.

(Spring 2009 Selection)

My Review: While I did enjoy this story, I struggled to understand what was going on. Overall I enjoyed what I did understand and I’m looking forward to watching the movie.

My Rating: I gave it 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Would I recommend: Yes, mostly the story was interesting.

Review: The Locket by Richard Paul Evans

Title:  The Locket

Series: The Locket Trilogy #1

Author: Richard Paul Evans

Published: January 1, 2000 by Pocket Books

Excerpts: After the death of his mother, Michael Keddington finds employment at the Arcadia nursing home where he befriends Esther, a reclusive but beautiful elderly woman who lives in mourning for her youth and lost love.

Michael faces his own challenges when he loses his greatest love, Faye. When Michael is falsely accused of abusing one of the Arcadia’s residents, he learns important lessons about faith and forgiveness from Ester — and her gift to him of a locket, once symbolic of one person’s missed opportunities, becomes another’s second chance.

Richard Paul Evans, author of the beloved #1 bestselling classic The Christmas Box, begins a wonderful new series with this stunning New York Times bestseller — a bittersweet reminder of life’s most precious gifts….

Quotes: “Believe. Believe in your destiny and the star from which it shines. Believe you have been sent from God as an arrow shot from His own bow.

It is the single universal trait that the great of this earth have all shared, while the shadows are fraught with ghosts who roam the winds with mournful wails of regret on their lips.

Believe as if your life depended on it… for indeed it does.”

― Richard Paul Evans, The Locket

“I believe it’s after the honeymoon ends that true love begins. It’s in the hard times that the greater virtues of love reveal themselves, like tolerance and patience and kindness.”

― Richard Paul Evans, The Locket

My Review: This was such a touching book that I don’t know why I waited such a crazy long time to read it. I read it for #RYBSAT which is Read Your Bookshelf A Thon. Can’t wait to start the next in this series!

My Rating: I gave it 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Would I recommend: I would highly recommend this book. It had a great storyline and I really enjoyed the characters in it.