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Jul 16, 2021JennyCouse rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Loved this book!
Jun 23, 2021tgroverme rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I actually loved this book, though it was different from most other books I've read. Loved the characters, and it was great to do without horrible violence for a change. Great storyteller! I would definitely read her other books.
May 10, 2021empbee rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Good enough story but dragging on and on.
May 06, 2021512cadcock rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Can’t say I’ve ever read other books where a house was a main character. This house tore its inhabitants apart, brought new ones together, tore them apart and brought the cast back together again. I really enjoyed this coming of age tale…
Apr 13, 2021collisgillian rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
I loved this book and felt like I was somehow there with them all. Sharing the pain, loneliness, sadness, forgiveness, love. I’ll remember this book for a long time.
Mar 20, 2021JCLHeatherM rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
A complicated family history is dissected, with the potential for forgiveness and reconciliation, though the path is never easy.
Mar 16, 2021WPL_Erin rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
This was okay. Just not my cup of tea. Lagged a lot for me and was a bit slow.
Feb 23, 2021DanglingConversations rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Excellent plot and character development. Writing craft is utilitarian. The theme of the lost mother reminds me of Maeve Binchy's Glass Lake.
Feb 13, 2021lyndasclater rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Book Club Feb/21.
Feb 09, 2021Dee_BPL rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
I truly enjoyed this audiobook narrated by Tom Hanks. Highly recommend!
Feb 05, 2021Einer2 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
I think the jacket is even more striking than the story. It is a quirky story with interesting characters/relationships.
Jan 24, 2021gale37 rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
A somewhat interesting read...to read in-between something with a more thoughtful plot or non-fiction that interests the reader.. Good research on medical details and architecture. I would say good Summer reading...but not a memorable one.
Jan 22, 2021
Did not care for this book, really no plot an is a boring read!
Jan 19, 20210424pat rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Refers to the architecture. Good read.
Jan 18, 2021
I loved this book. Long after I have finished it, I still think of it and the characters. The house itself acts as a character in the book. The house was clearly not a typical house, and to the kids, it was more than just a house: it…
Jan 10, 2021bsams61 rated this title 0.5 out of 5 stars
Totally disappointed in this book. Story is very slow moving... Will probably not read another Ann Patchett book.
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Jan 05, 2021
Maria recommended
Dec 28, 2020delphimo rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
I have not read Ann Patchett in a while. The last book was Commonwealth which was a disappointment. The Dutch House saddened and delighted me in many facets of the story. The evil second wife who steals the wealth of her second husband…
Dec 26, 2020SarahLouiseMurphy7 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
So far, in this list, what I would call an extraordinary book, and a must read.
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Dec 17, 2020JCLBetM rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
It's one of those books where not much occurs - mostly normal life (though, of course, with quirks) - and yet, I was always interested in what happened next. Who knew following a brother and sister around through decades of their lives…
Dec 16, 2020posie12 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Great book club choice, endless discussion could ensue.
Dec 11, 2020joe_strnad rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Great character development and dialogue. One of Patchett's strength - the dialogue of her characters feels natural for who they are based on their backgrounds and descriptions. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this novel. Bel Canto is…
Dec 11, 2020shelle9509 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Loved it. Full, rich characters over a lifetime. Couldn't put it down.
Nov 30, 2020yvettedun rated this title 1 out of 5 stars
Oh my gosh, I just didn't get it. It truly was an entire book about a house. I haven't ever had such deep attachments to inanimate objects. Perhaps that was my block to understanding this book.
Nov 16, 2020m0mmyl00 rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
My review of this book: Meh. Siblings Danny and Maeve grew up in an old mansion their father bought as a surprise for their mother. Their mother hated the house with a quiet, resigned hate. Perhaps hate is too passionate a word; more like…