Anne of Green Gables; L.M. Montgomery
Modern Publishing - 2001
I can't believe I never read Anne of Green Gables until now, but as they saying goes - "better late than never".
Set in Avonlea, Canada, it's very sweet story about an orphan girl who wants a family of her own. Adopted at the age of eleven by Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, older siblings who actually thought they were adopting a young boy that would be able to help out on the farm. At first they are not sure how to deal with a young girl in the household.
Anne turns out to be a joy, the bright spot in the lives of all she meets. Happy, adventurous, smart and spirited, her enthusiasm for life is just so uplifting. Of course, there is drama and at times her new family isn't sure how to handle various issues that pop up. I great story that shows us the importance of love, friendship and family. (Hope to read the entire series in 2019).
OK Mr. Field; Katherine Kilalea
Crown Publishing - 2018
When Mr. Field (no first name), a British concert pianist injures his wrist in an accident, he is no longer able to perform. He decides on a change of scene, moving to to Cape Town, South Africa and a house on the beach with his wife Mim, might be just the thing to make him happier. The move, however, seems to have the reverse effect. When his wife leaves him after just a few weeks, things go from bad to worse for Mr. Field.
This was a short novel, just over 200 pages. I kept waiting for something to happen to Mr. Field but, it never really does. The story was almost a dream-like, series of happenings, watching his life slowly unravel. This was a debut novel and the writing was actually pretty good. I'm just not having much luck with stream of consciousness fiction these days.