Friday, June 3, 2011

Nora Roberts and Lewis Carroll

1) Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts
Whenever my family takes long car trip, a pitstop at Cracker Barrel is always necessary to purchase some delicious country candy and a book on tape.  For only $3.49, the five-hour car ride is made a bit more bearable.  The only problem here was the book was nine hours long, and  my mom took it back with her when she left our vacation two days early.  So, my siblings and I each listened to the second half of Happy Ever After once we returned back to Macon.

The bestselling author invites you to meet childhood friends Parker, Emma, Laurel, and Mac--the founders of Vows, one of the Connecticut's premier wedding planning companies--in the last book of the Wedding Quartet.  Parker Brown meets every bride's demands; keeps every event on schedule; and brings Emma's romantic flowers, Laurel's delicious treats, and Mac's stunning photography together in one glorious package.  Married to her work, she feels it's her sole responsibility to create a happily ever after for each of her brides.  However, Parker's plans become a little rattled after meeting mechanic Malcolm Kavanaugh.  Their minor flirtations quickly turns into some serious hookups.  His passionate kisses always catch her off guard, much like her growing feelings for him.  Although her business risks have always paid off, Parker must decide if she's willing to take a chance with her heart.

Overall, I thought the book was absolutely adorable.  I kept thinking about how fun it would be to own my own bridal boutique, and I even went to to see if I could find a dress similar to one that's described in the book.  It was like listening to some sort of modern-day fairytale (minus the evil stepsisters and fairy godmother).

My Rating:****

2) Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Ever since I was a little girl and saw Disney's Alice in Wonderland, I've always thought the story to be a bit peculiar.  After chasing a white rabbit, a girl falls down his hole and is transported into a magical world where nothing is as it seems.  Well, a few months ago I was wandering around the bookstore, and I came across this book.  Marked down to only $3.95, I decided it was something worth reading.  Like both the 1951 classic and Tim Burton's rendition, a tea party with the Mad Hatter, March Hare, and Dormouse was had in Carroll's story.  The sly Cheshire Cat and feisty Queen of Hearts appeared as well, but don't think the movies simply mirror Alice's adventure book.  A quick read(only 124 pages), I would definitely suggest it to anyone who's in need of reconnecting with their childhood.  Plus, the illustrations really can't be topped.

A Scene from the Mad Tea Party 

My Rating:  ****

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