No Match for a Good Story by Rachel Kovaciny

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

No Match for a Good Story by Rachel Kovaciny

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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We are never so close to death as when we are bringing forth life, and well I knew it.

A blizzard is coming on the Nebraska frontier, and midwife Emma Owens is helping her step-daughter, Rosalind, give birth to her first baby. But when the new mother’s courage and strength sink dangerously low during the long hours of labor, Emma takes to telling stories to get Rosalind through it in No Match for a Good Story by author Rachel Kovaciny.

I’m quite pleased with how much I enjoyed this short read. I appreciated Emma’s voice and style. She’s warm and motherly, quick and lively, and clearly a woman of the West, but she doesn’t come off as an overdone Western caricature.

And the stories within this story are nicely handled: just snippets of accounts until fuller details are needed, but still not so many details as to stall the main story or take it off track.

A truly well-written holiday tale about the power of storytelling and the miracle of life.

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Once Upon a Western Series

 

Create by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Create: An allegory for the misfit artists by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Well, no, I’ve not really written much of a book review, here.

This is one of those super-short stories about which I’d rather say very little, to keep the story’s few words as fresh as possible for other readers.

But this is indeed an allegory for misfit artists: a quick, almost ethereal read that was just the kind of lift this misfit creative needed when she found it. A dose of “keep going” to keep me going.

It’s worth the few minutes it takes to breathe it in.

 

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The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan by Agatha Christie

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan by Agatha Christie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Detective Hercule Poirot is with his friend Captain Arthur Hastings at the Grand Metropolitan Hotel when a wealthy matron’s pearls go missing in The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan by author Agatha Christie.

I’ve read very little of Christie’s work (so far, at least) and haven’t done so since my adolescence. But I was in the mood for a good old-fashioned mystery, and though I do read murder mysteries from time to time, I more often look for mysteries that aren’t about murder.

And since I didn’t have much time, it was the perfect occasion for an entertaining short story.

No, I’d not read anything about Poirot and Hastings before, but that didn’t make this any less enjoyable. The robbery case has just the number of twists to keep it interesting and all of the cleverness and the quirky-and-proper kind of humor I was hoping to find here.

I’m sure I’ll be reading more about Hercule Poirot, likely sooner than later.