I saved all my little birthday cash last month and splurged on a new Kindle Fire HD when I found it on sale with some extras. This is my first "tablet" or e-reader so I'm very excited! Of course my up-to-date daughter has had one since Christmas but that's neither here nor there. So I was so happy when it arrived and I quickly picked a Booksneeze selection to read via the Fire. When I saw the description for The House on Moody Avenue by Cellestine Hanneman it sounded like a great place to start!
"Homes are the embodiment of memories. Each house has its own unique story to tell, but no house story is quite like the house on Moody Avenues. Surviving for 90 years, the house kept many individuals and families safe. Whether it was Lisette with her unshakable faith sustaining her or Julia, a social-climbing snob who sees her world crumble when her children marry inappropriately, each memory was saved. Join Cellestine Hannemann as she brings out all the memories that were housed in the house on Moody Avenue."
History & mystery: two of my favorite things!
I finally figured out how to get the book loaded to my Kindle (user error not system error) and was ready to get started. I was a little shocked when it said there were over 5,000 pages. That turned out to be some sort of formatting error I was happy to find. There are instead 366 pages. A good size book to be certain. I found that the book was divided into 3 sections: The Victorian Era, The Roaring Twenties, and The 60s. First of all are all e-books filled with this many grammatical errors? Obviously it's possibly my review copy is not the final product but I found all the misspellings, missing punctuation marks and capital letters a bit hard to ignore. Anyhow I delved in.
The first part (and longest part) follows the life of Lisette, an abandoned orphan with a sunny disposition and a peace no matter her circumstances. Lisette is helped off the streets by Mr. Ray and her life changes and then changes again and even again. The story of Lisette (while a bit odd in places) was an easy read in spite of the old language style. I found myself swept away in her tale and couldn't wait to read it to the end. Unfortunately part 2 was not as enthralling. Part 2 is a choppy tale of boarders who have no real connection. Each of their stories is odd and each felt as though it ended prematurely. One character was only mentioned once or twice and had no real significance so I'm not even sure why he was included. Part 3 wasn't really a part at all but a winding ending to the book.
If I were to recommend any part of the book I would say just read part 1 and stop there. The rest of the book is a sure disappointment. I hope the e-books I choose in the future will be cleaner (grammatically) and have better storylines.
I received a free copy of this e-book from Booksneeze for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.