The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry ★★★★★ #BookReview #BookBlog #ShortStory

Primary Genre(s):
Fiction, Classic, Christmas, Parable
Published: 10 December 1905 (newspaper); 10 April 1906 (book)
Page count: varies depending on edition; ranges from 7 to 48.
My Format: Audiobook via Hoopla; free online
Cover: Comforting
Pacing: Great
Ending: Perfect
Would I recommend it: Absolutely
Commission Link: Buy The Gift of the Magi

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Into the Hollow by Lynn Vroman ★★★★★ #bookreview

hollowSynopsis from Goodreads
The hollow as the perfect place to hide. Or so Free’s dad thought. His plan: flee California with Free’s five-year-old brother illegally in tow, hide out in the mountains of West Virginia, make fast cash during ginseng season, then escape to a nicer place where the law can’t find them. Free isn’t thrilled about living in a holler alongside drug dealers and thieves, but she’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep her family safe. Unfortunately, with their father disappearing into the woods with increasing frequency, Free and her brother exist largely alone. Until their neighbor Cole appears with lots of questions. Cole’s spent his entire life in the holler—and his entire life working out a way to leave his druggie mother and incarcerated brother. As the editor of the school newspaper, he’s an expert at getting to the bottom of a story, and he’s determined to crack Free—who seems un-crack-able. When the family she was desperate to protect is ripped apart, Free turns to Cole for help, the only person willing. But while her plan escalates, Free can’t deny the pull she feels toward the boy with too many questions—and who holds just as many secrets. As they become closer, she finds that Cole might need her help as much as she needs his.

My Thoughts
I can’t seem to write this review. I’ve tried a couple of times now and I find myself trying to retell the story and all the great, awesome parts of this book instead of telling you what I love about it. You have to read this book for yourself. It was beautiful.

Since I can’t stop myself from telling you the story, instead I am going to just write up some bullet points about what I loved about this book and some things this book made me think about. Continue reading “Into the Hollow by Lynn Vroman ★★★★★ #bookreview”