Britt-Marie Was Here

Britt-Marie Was HereBritt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I became hooked on this author after reading ‘A Man Called Ove’, and this was recommended by a fellow fan of his.
I very much enjoyed this story, and I especially liked the ending – despite it being unsatisfactory to me. The reason it was so unsatisfactory is because the author did such a wonderful job at allowing our protagonist a journey where she had so many choices ahead of her, that I couldn’t think of the one I would most prefer her to have.
The story-telling was wonderful, as always. I loved Britt-Marie and the was she grew on everyone, also the way she grew on herself. I understood her character perfectly, and it was due to the author that she was so understandable.
He has a way of showing you people in a new light, and it’s this trait that I love the most about this writing. The compassion, and the value in every person if you look for it.
I found the football part a bit hard because I don’t follow football, and not being a supporter I wasn’t aware of the nuances of each team – despite that being described well enough.
It was a lovely mix of Beartown and A Man Called Ove. Would highly recommend.

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Anatomy of a Scandal

Anatomy of a ScandalAnatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was an interesting courtroom drama, and an easy-read.

I admit that I expected more meat to the story, I expected a little more ambiguity, and a little less drama, and a little more intrigue. I expected more twists and turns, and I was waiting for them all to occur.

This played out exactly how I thought it would, down to the predictability of the ending. I anticipated every step, and while I thought that Holly would go somewhere else, it wasn’t at all surprising she didn’t.

Having said that, the writing style was satisfying, if a little dry. The characters and placement were written well, and had just enough to them that I cared about what was happening – unfortunately, that;s about it though.

I would recommend for a travel-read.

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