Watching: The Farewell

I didn’t plan on watching a movie today and today I was pleasantly surprised to get a chance to watch The Farewell.

I choose this film firstly because it was a comedy. Secondly because it dealt with the grandmother having cancer. Thirdly because I was watching this only with my mom and I thought she would enjoy it.

I didn’t realize that it would be half in Chinese. I didn’t realize it would make me feel so much. I also didn’t realize I would laugh so much then cry then be happily surprised by its ending. This movie is so beautifully sweet and I never thought a lie would be so wonderful.

Billi has loved her entire life in America. She lives in New York along with her parents. She was doing her best to make something of her life. Yet, when she finds out that Nai Nai has cancer. She travels there alone when the rest of the family said she shouldn’t be there out of fear of letting the secret be known.

In Chinese culture when someone is ailing with cancer the whole family holds the burden of knowing it and no one says a word of what’s going on health wise with that person. They do this because they believe that it is the fear cancer brings to a person that kills them.

I have to say that sadly that’s very true. When my Dad knew he had cancer he started to deteriorate faster then I’d ever seen. I look at him now and he’s so much thinner and grayer. The only thing he has life for is Facebook. I’ve seen him get really depressed and mad at life. I’ve seen him cry for his situation and it’s broken my heart more then once.

It made me wish we could have not said anything to him about his cancer, but that’s illegal in the US. I wish I could see my dad as full of life as he was when I was a little girl. But, the cancer mixed with his mini-strokes have created a perfect storm of some really difficult circumstances.

Anyway, it made the travel of Billie and her family back to America a really hard scene for me to watch. I can’t imagine leaving my dad not knowing if I’d see him again. It’s made me someone who refuses to keep hold of grudges and who is always open about how I feel for someone. Especially when I love them. I live my life for each and everyday and I appreciate every moment I have with my family and friends.

But, this isn’t all about the sadness this movie was a comedy and it brought me a lot of joy as well! Part of this film that was really fun for me was the relationship between Billie and her mom. Billie is a little quirky and affectionate in a similar way to how I’m affectionate with my mom. She’d put her head on her mom’s shoulder and her mom would push her away with a little smack on the shoulder. In my life I’ve been on the receiving end of those sorts of smacks from my mom and it was cute to see that sort of mother daughter relationship dynamic play out on screen.

This movie had a beautiful balance of culture, comedy, and seriousness. I loved the insights I gained from it both in the big moments and the small ones. One being when Billie spoke with Nai Nai about losing her fellowship. Nai Nai told her that she’d lived a long life and that she was beautiful and smart and that she’d make her success along the way. She made light of something that felt like a big loss and I found that to be beautiful.

Food too was huge in this movie. Eating as a family and talking over huge lunches and dinners. A lot of the movie surrounded huge meals. Billie not wanting to eat to much was considered nonsense and her Nai Nai forcing her to take a bite was an adorable moment.

I loved this film. It’s family-centric. It’s both funny and deep. It made me smile far more then it made me cry. When I did cry I was sobbing like a baby only to find out that I didn’t need to cry at all.

Movies like this always make me want to hold close to those I love and to hold close to life itself. Life isn’t about the painful moments, but how you choose to live fully in spite of them. I highly recommend this film. It’s one that would warm your heart.

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below.

-Till next time!

Feeling Proud

I haven’t felt this way in a very long time towards myself. But, I feel proud. I’ve been posting daily and I have a better way of going about it so that I still get a lot of time to be in my own head and do things I’m happy to do.

I have goals that I’m working on getting to accomplish. I have a much more peaceful time at work and I enjoy my coworkers. I feel at peace with my situation and am dedicated to my own happiness. When this goes up I will be at six flags with my family after not having gone for a few years and I know I’m going to really enjoy being there.

I also make sure to put myself first more often. To let others help me when they offer to. To truly be present in the moments I have. I’m proud. Proud because there was a time not so long ago that I didn’t go very long without crying. Proud because I give myself the proper space and time when I do want to cry. Proud because I am valuing myself and valuing how I feel. Proud because I’m honoring my feelings while maintaining that the next moment will be a brighter one.

I feel I can say now that I am happy. That I’ve grown emotionally and mentally in ways I never expected. I’m proud because I’m expecting a brighter future. I’m expecting good in my life and a whole lot of good has already come. I have people in my life that I care about. Not just my family, but friends too old and new. People who genuinely care about me as well.

I have people I’ve met on here that I love speaking with whenever I get the chance, people who have been of great support to me and who have raised me up.

I normally don’t mention religion in my posts, but I feel closer to God as well. I feel his guidance when I need it and with each step forward I feel his encouragement and I am grateful for it.

I feel good. Really really good. I feel like that’s something worth talking about and celebrating.

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below. You are all amazing and beautiful people. Thank you for being a part of my blogging journey! Without all of you, I’d be in a much different place in life.

-Till next time!

Judging Books by Their Covers: An Unapologetic Discussion

When I take a stroll down the aisles at Barnes & Nobel I go straight to the ya books section and never turn back. I browse the spines of each book picking one up every once in a while and moving them in the light to see how the covers shine. I love marveling at book covers. A beautiful cover can have me gazing at a book for several minutes at a time. I turn it over. I read the synopsis. I take off the book jacket to see what’s underneath if it’s a hardcover. When what’s underneath the book jacket is as or more beautiful then the cover itself I smile, knowing I have just found a precious gem. 

Looking at covers feels very ritualistic for me. Just as much as admiring someone creating art in front of me is ritualistic. Seeing the byproduct of an artists hours of hard work in book form feels special and a lot of the time, I will buy a book solely for its cover. 

As a book lover or really as a human your told to never judge a book by it’s cover. Your supposed to look deeper. To have this innate desire to delve beneath the surface. But in truth, how often do we actually put that notion into practice? When you see a beautiful cover do you not shriek on the inside and immediately want to hold it and admire it and know more? When you see a beautiful cover are you not more inclined to read it? Humans are creatures captivated by beautiful things. Why when it comes to books do we sometimes shame a person that says that the cover is the first thing that attracts them to a book? Isn’t that truer to who we are? To how we actually act on our day to day wheither we think about it or not? 

Out of the over 100 books on my shelves there are only 10 book covers I do not care for and half of those are only because of a change in taste. This is not an accident. I am 100% more likely to buy a book if I love its cover. Do I still read the synopsis? Well sometimes. Do I look at reviews? That’s sometimes as well. Do I have must buy authors? 100% I do! However, if a cover is absolutely gorgeous I’m definitely doing everything I can to get that book on my shelves. 

For a long time I told myself that I don’t judge a book by its cover. I told myself that it was wrong, that a book with any cover imaginable could suprise me and could become one of my favorite books of all time, but that was a lie, it was a lie beacuse my eyes have always skimmed over covers that were not to my taste. It wasn’t even a conscious thing. Gorgeous covers are designed to catch my eye and I feel for it every time and if I’m honest it very rarely steered me wrong. 

So this is my confession: My name is Tiana Wolfe and I judge books by their covers. Is it hard to say? Yes. Should I be ashamed? No. Should I open my eyes to books with covers I don’t particularly like? Probably, but none of that changes the fact that when I walk into a book store and see a beautiful cover the little girl inside me screeches and I’m no longer afraid to say that it’s not good or bad, but just is, a part of me that will never go away. 

Thanks for reading! Let me know what your thoughts are down in the comments! Do you judge books by their covers? How do you decide to pick up a book? 

-Till next time! 

National Poetry Month: One of my Favorite Poems


The Two-Headed Calf
Tomorrow when the farm boys find this

freak of nature, they will wrap his body

in newspaper and carry him to the museum.
But tonight he is alive and in the north

field with his mother. It is a perfect

summer evening: the moon rising over

the orchard, the wind in the grass. And

as he stares into the sky, there are

twice as many stars as usual.
Laura Gilpin 

This is a poem I was recently introduced to by a poet that came to my college creative writing class named Linda Dove. This poem captured an essence of something and is so incredibly sad but at the same time beautiful. 

I figured because it is National Poetry Month that I should share this with all of you. I hope it impacts you as it impacted me. 

I would love to hear what you think of it in the comments! 

-Tiana Wolfe

Dreamy Book Covers Tag

I am so excited to announce that I have created my own little book tag!!!! This is really cool for me since this is the first one I have ever created and it’s ironic, because I have conceded to forever being terribly behind on tags, (which is fine by the way, If you have tagged me for something and I haven’t done it yet, I WILL do it eventually! I have so many posts I love to write and tags are so much fun to do, it will just be a long while.) Anywho, Lets move along with the tag! 

The Rules: 

1. Thank the lovely person who tagged you, spread the love! 

2. Meantion me Tiana @ The Book Raven as the (insert adjective here) creater of this book tag! 

3. Use the original tag image in your post. (However, Feel free to add whatever other graphics your heart desires!)

4. At least tag 1 fellow blogger for this tag. Even if your like me sometimes and feel a bit lazy 😉 

5. List the rules 

Have fun! (Not a rule but a hope, I am so proud of this little tag, I honestly hope you enjoy it!)

The Tag: 

“No Ideas But in Things” A book cover that perfectly expresses the novel inside it


The Night Circus cover perfectly encapsulates the stunning beauty of the novel inside it with a minimalistic design with all the color elements The Night Circus is centered on. I adore this cover!

“Dark and Lovely” A book cover that is so creepalicious you just want to eat it up


The Dead House is hauntingly beautiful and its cover is too. I remember the day I walked into Barnes & Nobel and saw this book for the first time, the cover stopped me in my tracks, couple of months later and the book was on my shelves. I love it!

“Sugary Sweet” A cute cover that is so fluffy you want to give it a hug


This cover is so adorable to me as well as gorgeous! I love the hand drawn aesthetic and this one has a beautiful touch of that. I need this cover on my shelves!

“The Simple Aesthetic” A book cover that stuns with the most minimalistic of design


I Have No Secrets stands out and it does it simply with contrast and silhouette. I love how much this cover packs a punch without any over complicated design. 

“Cover Envy” A book cover you wish you had on your shelves, but don’t yet


This cover is breathtaking, all I know is this book needs to be on my shelves and it needs to be there right now. 

“Traveling Abroad” A beautiful book cover featuring a country outside of your own


I live in America and so I choose Anna and the French Kiss, because it is a beautiful display of color with a touch of what makes France so appealing. It’s simple and pretty. 

“The Color Wheel” A cover that showcases one of your favorite colors 

Another cover set in France, I swear I didn’t plan this. I just love the way two of my favorite colors Dark Blue and Gold work together so beautifully in this cover. In person this cover is even prettier. The digital version doesn’t do it justice. 

“Switching Gears” A cover change you absolutely adore 

I am so glad the Throne of Glass covers were changed. I absolutely gravitate towards the covers as they are now with this fiery artistic murduerous female in the front vs. a simple pretty girl. Plus the backs of the cover changed versions are so cool as well! 

“Oldie but Goodie” A favorite cover of your favorite classic


I think this cover for Tess of the D’Ubervilles is so cool! It’s dark and gothic and it captures the sadness of the book quite well. I love how much it grabs my attention. 

“And the Winner is…” Which book cover meantioned above is your favorite?

If this cover didn’t exist it would have been so much harder to pick a favorite from the ones I meantioned. This cover is too stunning for words. It speaks for itself. (It also makes me want to get a tattoo XD) 


I Tag: 

Melting Pots and Other Calamities 

Bionic Book Worm


Lil Book Lovers


Chaotic Everything


Royal Reader


Book Bum


A Book. A Thought. 


Reads, Rhythms, and Ruminations


Book Princess Reviews


Debbie’s Library


Dreamy Addictions

Seaweed Books




Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed my first ever original book tag! This was incredible to create and I hope you all enjoy participating in it. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

-Till next time!


With You


I feel you surround me 

Blissfully like the wind

I walk my path against you 

As you whisper caressing my skin

Going with you, somehow pushes me away 

Your empty air fills me with emotion 

All your words a comfort yet untruths 

But when I am silent and with you 

Your voice whispers some sweet songs of truth

I close my eyes, I feel you with me

My mind fills with a quiet peace

Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed this little poem. I’ve been thinking a lot about the wind lately and it inspired me to write this. Let me know your thoughts in the comments. 

-Till next time!

Aftercare Instructions: A Review


Aftercare Instructions  by Bonnie Pipkin

My Rating: 5 thoughtful stars

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Release Date: June 27th, 2017

Recieved: Netgalley provided an earc copy in exchange for an honest review

Pre-Order: Amazon




In the tradition of Rainbow Rowell and Jandy Nelson, a powerful, big-hearted journey of furious friendship, crazy love, and unexpected hope
“Troubled.” That’s seventeen-year-old Genesis according to her small New Jersey town. She finds refuge and stability in her relationship with her boyfriend, Peter—until he abandons her at a Planned Parenthood clinic during their appointment to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. The betrayal causes Gen to question everything.
As Gen pushes herself forward to find her new identity without Peter, she must also confront her most painful memories. Through the lens of an ongoing four act play within the novel, the fantasy of their undying love unravels line by line, scene by scene. Digging deeper into her past while exploring the underground theater world of New York City, she rediscovers a long forgotten dream. But it’s when Gen lets go of her history, the one she thinks she knows, that she’s finally able to embrace the complicated, chaotic true story of her life, and take center stage.
Aftercare Instructions, an electric, format-crushing debut, full of heart and hope, follows Gen on a big-hearted journey from dorm rooms to diners to underground theaters—and ultimately, right into readers’ hearts.


Musings: 

In a single word this book is: bold

Why isn’t this book everywhere? It’s gorgeously written, real, and full of life. It discusses a topic that fills the masses with a charged energy on both sides of a story and is born from the burning embers of a movement that has caused a lot of debate, especially now. I could whisper the word abortion and pretty soon a whole room erupts into discussion and inevidibly arguments. I have no idea why, but the topic of abortion has latched onto me recently (as it may have for many of us) and hasn’t let go. I’ve thought myself to be on all sides of the spectrum pro-life, pro-choice, and somewhere in-between. 

However, this is not only a book that tackles the hardships and choices of abortion (something that it does brilliantly I must say) it is also a story about family, relationships, and simply being human, mistakes and all. I loved that while abortion is a huge theme of this novel it is not the only one, and quite possibly, not even the most important. 

For Genesis, there is a whole lot that occurs in a single week, and family is a huge part of it. Years ago when Gen lost her father, her world broke apart, her mother broke down, and Gen took it upon herself to pick up the pieces, for better or worse. Having to be a stronghold for her mother is a huge part of this novel, a depiction of mental disparity caused by grief that added a depth to this story that continues to tug at my heart. 

Gen’s father, who feels like the guiding voice of this novel, felt like a catalyst for healing and a constant source of strength. Even as he caused his wife’s greatest weakness in his death. Gen’s dad was a curiosity, his traits branded into Genesis’s own. His heart in hers, his hand guiding her towards his past, in a shining light. I felt his voice so much in this because of every flashback and rush toward the future surrounded itself in theatre the thing he loved to do most. 

I love the aspect of theathre in this book. The parts written in acts. The idea of plays woven deep into the rhyrthm of this novel. It added a richness to the story that would never have existed. It’s importance unexpected, but completely right. 

Peter the boy that Gen fell in love with that left her alone at Planned Parenthood. Religious, hurting, and confused Peter, who after all the emotions, I never ended up hating, though I really really wanted to. 

This novel is driven by its characters. Driven by their conflicting desires and shared hopes. All tied up in a thing called aftercare, because you may not be able to be in control of how things happen, but you can work towards becoming healed. 
This book deserves to be read, shared, discussed, and read again. This a novel that society needs. I hope that you consider my words and take them to heart. No matter what you believe, this is a book that can help bridge an understanding amongst us all,  if only you are willing to take the jump, with your eyes wide, and your mind open…

Thank you for reading. Let me know any concerns you have about the topic above. I’m always open to discussion. I want to hear all of your thoughts and if you do decide to give this book a try let me know. 

-Till next time!

The Best We Could Do: A Review 


The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

My Rating: 5 brilliant and shining stars ✨ 

Publisher: ABRAMS

Publish Date: March 7th, 2017

Received: Ebook Arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Pre-order: Abrams Books/ Amazon 
About: 

An intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family’s journey from war-torn Vietnam, from debut author Thi Bui.

 

This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves.

 

At the heart of Bui’s story is a universal struggle: While adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parent—the endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of unspoken love. Despite how impossible it seems to take on the simultaneous roles of both parent and child, Bui pushes through. With haunting, poetic writing and breathtaking art, she examines the strength of family, the importance of identity, and the meaning of home.

 

In what Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen calls “a book to break your heart and heal it,” The Best We Could Do brings to life Thi Bui’s journey of understanding, and provides inspiration to all of those who search for a better future while longing for a simpler past.

Musings: 

My God this book is gorgeous! The second I started reading I could not put this down, which has honestly been something of a rarity for me recently. The illustrations were in a single word, breathtaking, and they told the story with more depth then would have been possible in words alone. I had never heard of a memoir being written in this way before and this book has convinced me that graphic novels can be a perfect avenue to tell a personal story and to tell it well. 

However, this book is not all just beauty, I can’t stress enough how important this novel is. Thi’s story is the narrative that we all need to read about in America and around the world today. It is a story of one families journey from Vietnam to America, but it is also so much more. This book breathes out the true history of what it was like in those times for those living in Vietnam and it is done with grace. I felt utter horror at some of the atrocities that occurred during that time. In America, you get such a narrow view it is disgusting, but this, this can take that view widen and deepen it until you realize that there is so much more to it than you could ever hope to know. It creates a humility in the mind and a tenderness in the heart for those immigrants and refugees that out there in the world today. It is unapologetic in its truth. Something that garners my full respect. 

This novel also has to do with being human. With dealing with family relationships and trying to find where your meant to be through the past that has colored your present and future for better or for worst. It is about mothers and the strength a woman has regardless what is happening around her to do what is necessary. It is also one of the most honest representations of pregnancy and the fears a mother may have prior, during, and after that I have ever read. 

One of my favorite parts of this novel is how Thi writes about her father. In a way this book was an outlet through which she began to truly understand her father and as she spoke of her talks with him built up their relationship and released a fear. Her father is a voice that is troubled yet so full of strength. The things he had seen and the troubles he went through created a huge impact on me. 

Thi’s mother had the same importance with a totally different perspective on how life was like. Her privileged beginnings at a what was a prestigious French school with a father who loved her dearly painted a beautiful yet almost hard picture of who she was. On many points her mother inspired me. She is the embodiment of a strong woman, who does all she can for her family. 

The one last gift this book gave to me was the reminder that no matter who you are, where you came from, or what your dreams, you have a family and a life that is human and at the core not so different from my own or anyone else’s. Love is love no matter the form. Every person has a right to be here. All humans have a right to a place this world. 

Thank you all for reading! I urge you to take a look at this book, it is such an important novel during these and all times. I am in such awe with this book and it is quite possibly may be the best book I have and will read this year. Let me know what you think of this book down in the comments. Also what graphic novels would you recommend for me to read soon? 

Till next time!

The Sacrifice by Indrajit Garai: A Review 


The Sacrifice by Indrajit Garai

My Rating: 4 stars

Publisher: Self-Published 

Published: August 25, 2016

Received: ebook from the author 

Purchase: Amazon

In this collection, meet: 

Guillaume, who gives up everything to protect his child; young Mathew, who stakes his life to save his home; and François, who makes the biggest sacrifice to rescue his grandson.

The Move: 

This beautifully written short story follows Hugo a young boy who wishes to be exactly like his father, Guillaume who is doing his best to keep his farm for his son, and all their animals, cows, a loyal guard dog, and an aging goat. I never had a clue that I was going to fall in love so deeply with these characters and be so devestated by the problems they face. There is a simple happiness in this story and that is something I truly appreciate. 

The Listener

This one in particular broke me on the inside. Mathew is a boy who spends his time held in the arms of his favorite tree. One that holds bugs, a squirrel, and a Falcon nest. The boy’s compassion and dream to save his tree and the life it holds with it made my heart swell. That mixed with his selflessness both at home and in school and the terror of the Forrest Office created a story that spoke to me. This one is the one I will read again and again. 

The Sacrifice 

François is the sole provider for his grandson Arthur. They both live with little means with the money François had made publishing his first three books. François has written a new manuscript that he hopes would make enough sells to keep his grandson alive and well. The relationship between the boy and the man is so authentic it hurts. The boy believes in his grandfathers work more than anyone else and that made the story beautiful, the hardships made the story ring true. 

Thank you for reading! I hope you take a chance and read this collection of short stories! They hurt, but held inside them is a hope. A hope placed in the children that are the backbone of our future. The writing is expertly developed and is created to move you. Let yourself be moved by The Sacrifice. It is good for your soul.
As always, let me know your thoughts in the comments below. 

Till Next time! 

A Northern Light Review 2016

A Northern Light By Jennifer Donnelly

My Rating: 5 glowing stars

Publisher: Harcourt

Published: April 1, 2003

Recieved: Trift store find

Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository


Sixteen-year-old Mattie Gokey has big dreams but little hope of seeing them come true. Desperate for money, she takes a job at the Glenmore, where hotel guest Grace Brown entrusts her with the task of burning a secret bundle of letters. But when Grace’s drowned body is fished from the lake, Mattie discovers that the letters could reveal the grim truth behind a murder.

Set in 1906 against the backdrop of the murder that inspired Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy, Jennifer Donnelly’s astonishing debut novel effortlessly weaves romance, history, and a murder mystery into something moving, and real, and wholly original.

“A Northern Light” is a book that I never expected to fall in love with. I had put off reading it for several months thinking that it wouldn’t be my cup of tea, but I took a chance on it because I had read other books from Jennifer Donnelly and loved them. I am so glad I did, this book is phenomenal. The unique way it was written and the soul of the book spoke to me. I will admit that because I was unsure of how I would feel reading this book, it took me about 30 pages or so to get into it, far longer than it should have taken, but once I was hooked, I was a goner.

There were lives in those books, and deaths. Families and friends and lovers and enemies. Joy and despair, jealousy, envy, madness, and rage. All there. I reached out and touched the cover of one called The Earth. I could almost hear the characters inside, murmuring and jostling, impatient for me to open the cover and let them out.

This book is a book for the readers soul. The way Mattie describes her love of books is so true to how I feel. Her desire to be a writer, is a desire of my own. I have never related to a character as strongly as I have to Mattie. Her desire to love, read books, and write novels and poetry are the same desires I harbor in my own heart and it created a connection to this book that I haven’t felt for another in years. 

And I knew in my bones that Emily Dickinson wouldn’t have written even one poem if she’d had two howling babies, a husband bent on jamming another one into her, a house to run, a garden to tend, three cows to milk, twenty chickens to feed, and four hired hands to cook for. I knew then why they didn’t marry. Emily and Jane and Louisa. I knew and it scared me. I also knew what being lonely was and I didn’t want to be lonely my whole life. I didn’t want to give up on my words. I didn’t want to choose one over the other. Mark Twain didn’t have to. Charles Dickens didn’t.

The fear in these words spoke to me. They broke my heart. The unfairness of it all with having to choose between not wanting to be alone and chasing your dreams when others (mostly makes) before didn’t have to, is a tragedy. The way Jennifer wrote this piece is disarming, howling babies, chickens, cows, and hired hands to feed, the sheer amount of duties a women had to undertake in a marriage was and still is an incredible amount. How does one have the time to do it all and pursue a dream on top of it all? 

Go round cringing like a dog, Matt,” he said, “and folks will treat you like one. Stand up like a man, and they’ll treat you like a man.” That was fine for Weaver, but I wondered sometimes, How exactly do you stand up like a man when you’re a girl?

My favorite character after Mattie was Weaver. He was an African American that was strong and true, who loved books as much as Matt did and I loved every minute of their friendship. Their word games and easy way with one another was wonderful. I loved how Weaver never backed down from what was right even if it got him into a lot of trouble. I loved that he believed in Mattie just as much as he believed in himself and he was always there for her and she for him when need be. Their friendship was true and I don’t see that often in books. 

I also loved how Weaver wanted Mattie to pursue her dreams so badly that he was willing to be honest and tell her why she shouldn’t be with Royal, the love interest in this book that I felt wasn’t the match for Mattie. 

Royal is Mattie’s handsome neighbor that is interested only in being a farmer. I disliked how he treated Mattie, but I think the point of her romance with him is to show that no matter what others think that heart desires what it desires and it’s not for anyone to say tell you who you are meant to like. 

Thoughts on the Author’s Note: 

Jennifer’s words at the end of the novel made me smile, because she wrote this story out of grief for the death of a good soul, the soul of Grace Brown. She wanted to give Grace’s life more meaning then what was previously given and I admire Jennifer so much for that. Jennifer definitely accomplished that goal by telling her stories and creating care inside the hearts of readers. She definitely inspired me to care and that is beautiful.

Final Thoughts: 

I could go on about this book for ages, but to say more would spoil the experience. If your reading this, you probably love books, so I hope you give this one a try. If it doesn’t leave your heart soaring with your love for books, well, I don’t know of any other books themed around books that could top the feeling of this one. It is glorious, hopeful, true, and masterfully imagined. Please find it in your heart to give it a try. 

-Till next time!