Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT #LiteraryFiction THE BIRD THAT SANG IN COLOR by Grace Mattioli @fixion4change

Today’s team review is from Tovia, she blogs here https://chroniclesofawallflower.art.blog/

#RBRT Review Team

Tovia has been reading The Bird That Sang In Color by Grace Mattioli

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‘’Real wealth like the kind Vincent had resided from within’’

Stated above is my favorite line from Grace Mattioli’s ‘The bird that sang in color’. Donna who happens to be the main character uses first person narrative to give us an insight to her life and that of the people around her. She takes us on a journey of what bordered between love and hate as seen as perceived in her relationship between herself and her spouse and that of her parents, a journey of self-discovery and ultimately the journey of life complete with all its sweet and sour intricacies.

As the book progresses, Donna is seen trying to rein in her artsy brother whose levity towards life and refusal to conform to anyone’s standards against her own very structured life leaves her bothered. It’s turns out to be ironic as the very genesis of what she presumed to be Vincent’s problem would later come to be known as her saving grace. Does Donna’s carefully scripted life bring her the comfort and happiness she so desires or would she have to throw caution to the wind and tweak things up a little?

In the course of reading this book, I noted that the copy I read had editing issues which I hope are resolved in the final version. In addition to this, I did feel as though there were a few loose ends that need to be addressed. I would rate this book a 3 out of 4 stars regardless of its flaws as I believe that the author accomplished what she intentionally set out to do in terms of her execution of a beautiful underlying message. If you’re one who loves to search for ‘’meaning’’ in literary pieces as well as crave a better understanding of life and relationships in its purest  un-sugarcoated form then I suggest that you read this.

Book description

Part family drama and part self-actualization story, this is about Donna Greco, who in her teens, subscribes to a conventional view of success in life—and pushes her freewheeling, artistic brother, Vincent to do the same. However, he remains single, childless, and subsists in cramped apartments. She harbors guilt for her supposed failure until she discovers a sketch-book he’d made of his life, which prompts her own journey to live authentically.

While this textured story combines serious issues such as alcoholism, death, and family conflict, it’s balanced with wit and humor and is filled with endearing, unforgettable characters. The story spans decades, beginning in 1970 and ending in the present. Readers will be immersed in this tale as it poses an intriguing question: “What pictures will you have of yourself by the end of your life?”

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Of Vintage Ranch-Themed #Romance ALWAYS ON MY MIND by Andrea Downing

Always on My MindAlways on My Mind by Andrea Downing

3.5 stars

Always On My Mind is a vintage ranch-themed romance. Taking place in the 1970s, the first part of the story is set in Wyoming. Ranch owner Copper is fascinated by a young hippie girl that he meets at a dance in town. She’s traveling with some friends but is not particularly happy, and Cooper offers her a place to stay.

Cassie grew up in Boston and knows very little about farming, but she is happy keeping house for Cooper. However, many local people disapprove of them living together as an unmarried couple.

Part two takes place in San Francisco.  Cassie has left Cooper and makes a new home in a city which embraces change. Although Cassie chose to leave Cooper, he’s often in her thoughts; back in Wyoming, Copper is devastated by her departure.

This is a sweet romance which considers the relationship challenges that people faced in the 1970s, an era which brought hippies, the feminist movement, and the war in Vietnam.

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Book description

1972 – Vietnam, the pill, upheaval, hippies.
Wyoming rancher Cooper Byrnes, deeply attached to the land and his way of life, surprises everyone when he falls for vagabond hippie Cassie Halliday. Fascinated and baffled, he cannot comprehend his attraction—or say the words she wants to hear.

Cassie finds Coop intriguingly different. As she keeps house for him and warms his bed at night, she admits to herself she loves him but she misinterprets Coop’s inability to express his feelings.

Parted, each continues to think of the other, but how can either of them reach out to say, “You were ‘always on my mind’?”

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