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Book Review: Faithful by Alice Hoffman

Hey, Dear Bloggites, two posts in a row, Woo Hooo, Go, P (that’s Me!)!  Since I did my book review on February’s book club book, this one is on March’s book club book.  The Books & Broads Book Club chose Faithful by Alice Hoffman for March.

I was unsure of this book, and a bit leery, to be honest after not being able to read February’s book for soooo long.  Be wary, that was not a happy review. 🙂  Enough about that review, we are on this one, Alice Hoffman’s book, Faithful.

Faithful by Alice HoffmanI liked this book, which was such a relief, and I was intrigued by the concept of the story line about how in one instant, a life was turned upside down for one and non-existent for another.  The story follows Shelby Richmond a young lady whose life was changed after a car accident destroyed her best friend, Helene’s, life leaving her paralyzed and catapulted Shelby’s life walking with a burden of guilt.

Throughout the story, Shelby is driven by a series of postcards she felt was left by an angel (possibly Helene since miraculous occurrences happened to people who went to visit her at her parent’s home).  Each postcard had a phrase on it that subconsciously drove the direction Shelby led her life.

The story was a good story line but the characters were not as developed as I would have like to see and they were not very likable, I mean, how can you love someone who lives their life in a self-absorbed world and was very selfish with a “feel sorry for me” attitude?  It is hard, Dear Bloggites.

I loved the postcard concept but I did not like how the author inserted herself in the story.  Many of you have read those novels that you feel you are being directed to feel or think a certain way and those novels are the ones that the author did not remove themselves from the story line to allow you to create your own judgements.

Alice Hoffman did write the story in the third person but it was ruined by her inserting herself in the story guiding my feelings and thoughts about the characters and book.  It was a nice relief to have an enjoyable, albeit dark and moody, novel to read.  I might read another of the author’s books, if the book club picked it, but on my own, I do not think I would pick one of her books simple for the fact that, while I did not hate this book, it did not leave a strong memorable mark on my memory.

I give Faithful by Alice Hoffman 3 out of 5 Bookmarks.  I leave you, Dear Bloggites, to choose to pick it up and read. 🙂

~4-Ever, P

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Quality F.R.I.E.N.D.: Faithful, Respectful, Intuitive, Entertaining, Nice, Daring

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Quality F.R.I.E.N.D.

How many of you have had friends who seem to only be there for you when you are going strong in your life?  How many of those friends are nowhere to be seen when times get tough?  We have all suffered from “friends” like that, you know the ones, Dear Bloggites.  The “friends” who are smiling to your face while stabbing you in the back once you turn.  These friends are called (appropriately so) frenemies.  Have you ever questioned if you are being a good enough friend to those you care about?  In this installment of the ABCs of encouragement with the #BloggiteBits Campaign, I am going to cover some constant traits of a Quality F.R.I.E.N.D. and help you understand what those traits do to the ones you care about: Faithful, Respectful, Intuitive, Entertaining, Nice, & Daring.

Faithful: Being a quality friend means you are faithful to the friendship.  Faithful is not in the sense of faithful boyfriend/girlfriend but it is faithful meaning always being there for that person.  A faithful friend will always drop what they are doing when you truly need them in time of crisis as well as in time of celebration.  If you strive to be a quality friend, assess your faithful quality toward those you care about and make it a point to be there when you are needed no matter how much life tries to get in the way.

Respectful: Being a quality friend also means you are respectful to your friends.  We all like to get snarky and tease one another, heck, that is what a friendship is about, but even through all the teasing and sarcastic comments, be sure your words still hold that respectful tone.  Everyone wants to be respected and you should always respect others, especially those you claim to care about.  Watch your tones when talking to your friends and be sure to always show that respect no matter what you say and do toward them.

Intuitive: Being a quality friend brings a sense of intuition to the relationship.  Being intuitive does not mean you are reading their minds, it means you are fully aware of your friend and can read when something is wrong without a word being spoken.  As you build your relationships, the ability to be intuitive to those people will grow.  Make sure you truly look at your friends when you first engage them and allow your intuition to kick in and assess their overall appearance and attend to any needs you sense.

Entertaining: Being a quality friend has its trait of entertainment.  How many have you come into contact with that seems to not have any joy or interest in having fun?  Being a quality friend, you bring the entertaining aspect to the relationship.  There are times for seriousness and there are times for entertainment and even in moments of seriousness, you might find the need for entertaining your friend just the right medicine to bring the serious level down.

Nice: Being a quality friend means you should always be nice to those you care about.  Sounds really simple, but do you know how rare it is to find someone who is genuinely nice?  Very rare in this age of the ‘me’ mentality and where being rude and disrespectful is the norm.  If you desire to truly be a quality friend, be sure to be nice to your friends.  Honestly ask them how they are doing and mean it by listening to them and engaging in their life.

Daring: Being a quality friend means you should bring the element of daring to the relationship.  Being daring does not mean doing stupid stuff, it just means look for stuff to do that you would not normally do.  If neither one of you are outdoorsy, plan a hike or a horseback riding day.  Daring does not mean dangerous, it just means find the unusual element of fun for the two of you to experience during your time together.

~4-Ever, P