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Review by Norma: The Night the Lights Went Out by Karen White

The Night the Lights Went OutThe Night the Lights Went Out by Karen White

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Date listened:  April 17 to 26, 2017

This was an impressive first book for me by this author and a delightful listen with enjoyable narrators that was entertaining and filled with southern charm! I will definitely be reading more books by this author.

THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT by KAREN WHITE is a relaxing, comforting, and amusing women’s fiction and suspense/thriller novel that had me totally engrossed and savouring every moment while I was listening to this book.

I absolutely love the cover of this book and found the title also appealing and very fitting which draws you right into this modern day southern tale of family drama, a murder mystery, revenge, secrets and lies while exploring the true meaning of friendship.

THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT is cleverly told in three different points of view of Merilee Talbot Dunlap, Sugar Prescott, and an anonymous blogger all from Sweet Apple, Georgia. Sugar’s point of view also alternates between stories of her past and her present day voice bringing past mysteries into the storyline which come together in the present. Sugar was my favourite character but I am not going to say why as you have to experience her personality all on your own!

I absolutely loved each installment of the blog as the blogger was extremely entertaining, funny, cheeky, and spirited. I even loved the title of the blog! The Playing Fields Blog: Observations of Suburban Life from Sweet Apple, Georgia; Written by Your Neighbor. The blogger reveals some local gossip, observations, life lessons, and offers a few entertaining Southernism sayings at the end of each installment which I found absolutely amusing! No one knows who the anonymous blogger is but I had a sneaky suspicion who I thought it might have been and my observations were correct and it was pleasing.

I really liked KAREN WHITE’S writing style, narrative, and how the storyline was delivered as I was entertained and interested to the very end. Even though I had a good idea how it was all going to play out it was still an extremely enjoyable listen. Would recommend!


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Thoughts by Brenda:  My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

My Name Is Lucy BartonMy Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read April 24-25, 2017

My Name is Lucy Barton is a short, simple, and quiet story that took me away from the noise and to that quiet place that I love. Just me, my tea and the beautiful powerful words of this magnificent story. The simple and quiet books are starting to become a favourite of mine.

I loved Lucy and her ability to find kindness, her understanding of people, her compassion and how she can see light through all the hurt and darkness of her childhood. I liked how the relationship with her Mother and some things in this story were left unsaid leaving me to ponder and savour this story.

I found it took me longer to gather my thoughts and write my review than it did to actually read the book and after pondering this story and thinking of the things said and left unsaid. I am going to leave the rest of my thoughts unsaid and highly recommend reading My Name is Lucy Barton.