MOTIVATION for READING: Nancy said I would like it. I had already added this to my tbr so some nice blurb somewhere must have caught my attention.
WHAT’s it ABOUT: This is a story about friendship and love. All the kinds of love. We meet two young boys who both suffer losses and become true friends; then one meets a lovely girl (who runs a bookstore! squeee – always a bonus in a book, right?) and then the three become great friends and become family. And then…
WHAT’s GOOD: Everything. It’s told well, the imagery and settings across England and Europe, the conversations, the happenings, all touching in all the right ways.
What’s NOT so good: I give this 4 stars and maybe because it can be a sad book. But it can also be a hopeful book, it’s life. Maybe I just didn’t quite get all the buttons pushed when I love a reading experience but this one is delightful and I heartily recommend. Maybe it isn’t a 5 star because I wanted it to be longer? That’s nuts, but … oh well.
FINAL THOUGHTS: If you like ART and love your stories to involve grand gorgeous paintings by the master and love that imagery – this is a story for you. If you love love stories, sort of love stories, enjoy your heart getting involved – maybe stomped on a bit, then this is a story for you.
Come on, the title? TIN MAN. He has a heart… Now, I’ve piqued your interest. Admit it.
RATING: Four slices of pie with lots of whipped cream. Or gravy. This book is inspiring me to make more savory pies this fall. Mmmmmmm
“Potatoes, wine, a ham and a pork pie and salad, a feast.”
“But then he said, pie and chips, Janice, please. And she said, pie and chips it is then. There you go, my love.”
“The canteen was busy and smelled of chips and shepherds pie and something over-cooked and green.”