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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Raggedy Ann Heart: A Book Review

I recently read Raggedy Ann Heart by a fellow blogger who's posts at Aging and Other Inconveniences always make me chuckle.  Because I enjoy her blog so much, I decided to buy her book.  

What a great choice for a summer read.  The story starts out in the 1970's and is told from the point of view of  a 12-year-old girl, Lindy Logan.  You can't help but identify with her experiences, finding herself uprooted from the town she has known as home for her first twelve years and trying to fit into a new school, and a new life in the  rural Texas. 

Lindy is constantly vying for her mother's love, competing with her younger sister Jo.  Her plan to secure a place in her mother's heart is to become a star, someone famous.  Her trials and tribulations tug at the heart string sat times, and sometimes just make you laugh out loud.

I loved this book; I loved watching the relationship between the two sisters, and the interaction between the parents.  Lindy's mother had dreams, too.  She was runner-up in the Miss Texas pageant and has her own regrets and challenges.

Heather McPhaul has written a heart-warming tale of family love, sibling rivalry, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder that's well worth the time to read.  I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I think you might, too.

Note:  I was not paid for this review, I purchased the book from Amazon, and the review is my own un-biased opinion.
EVA

20 comments:

Lazarus said...

Eva, I'm not a chick lit reader but I enjoy your reviews nonetheless, very honest and insightful. I'm waiting for your book before I start reading chick lit!!!

River said...

I'll have to add this to my list.

Brian Miller said...

very nice review...may look into this for my wife...

Pearl said...

Sounds like something I oculd read!

Pearl

p.s. The check -- uh, the book! -- is in the mail!

JennyMac said...

Thank you for sharing your view on it and how nice of you to help a fellow blogger!

Al Penwasser said...

I'm going to check it out. Reminds me of my "Once Upon a Time" rantings. Although probably much better.
Thanks!

Carol Wyer said...

Great review (you really are good at this, aren't you?)and sounds like a very good book....

Jen said...

nice review...I don't read a lot, but that sounds like an interesting read.

Gail said...

Sounds like a wonderful book!

Pat said...

Sounds like a good one!

Eva Gallant said...

Carol: Thank you!

Jen: It was!

The Frisky Virgin said...

A story based in Texas? Oh, well, I'm already loving it! This sounds like a truly endearing story!!! Thank you so much for posting about it!!!! :) You are a sweetheart!

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Heather McPhaul said...

Thank you for your kind review, Eva! You are a fabulous online pal! Your readers are very complimentary as well. Thanks for all the attention!

tsonodablog said...

Sounds interesting. If I had some time to read anything other than school work and books and blogs, I'd give it a read. Not gonna happen, though, for awhile. Thanks for sharing. I will put it on my to-read list.

Anonymous said...

LGreat review for a great book. I've read it and Heather's other book, 'Fire in the Hole," under pen name Colleen Kelli. Thanks for spreading the word.

Unknown Mami said...

I love your honest review.

Eva Gallant said...

Frisky: I know you'll love it!

thegopher: You are heartily welcome!

Terri: I think you'd enjoy it, once your school reading requirements are finished.

Anonymous: I liked Fire in the Hole, too!

UnknownMami: Thank you. I think you'd like the book, too.

braumaman said...

Looking forward to this. Hope it's as good as advertised, lol.

Eva Gallant said...

braumaman: I hope you like it as much as I did!