Jo and I have been close friends (or shall I say amigas) for a lengthy amount of time. If you were to read any of our emails or see the comments we leave on each other's blogs, you would probably find yourself in a mysterious swirling vortex of period drama quoting, Spanish, lengthy Hunger Games discussions, little Southern-isms, the amazing Les Misérables, random, utterly unexplained outbursts of "You could be the deciding vote!" (it's a rather long story) and why it's perfectly normal (healthy, even) to start listening to Christmas music in late November. In other words, we're ready-made kindred spirits. And how can one go about conducting a blog tour properly without making a stop at the inglenook of a kindred spirit? (If Anne Shirley had a blog, she would heartily disapprove.) This afternoon Jo did a review for Violets Are Blue on her blog, Scraps From My Workbasket ("d" was the correct answer!). Below I am sharing the obligatory excerpt, but you really ought to read the full review at Scraps for yourself. I believe Jo mentioned a few scenes that even I haven't released on Literary Lane before . . .
I'm not a "classic" book reviewer, I do each one kinda different, just to keep things interesting. Sometimes I do a chronological look, sometimes I summarize, sometimes I focus on a particular incident, or sometimes a particular person. The thing that stood out to me the most about this truly fascinating story was the development of the characters and how true they are to life. So, dear readers, that is going to be the focus of this review.
Actually, this is a book that was interesting for me to read since I really couldn’t relate to the main character, Violet, very much. I found that I’m more of a cross between Violet’s older sister Emma and her best friend Lilli. That said, I was particularly struck by one chapter that involved a conversation between Vi and her dramatic sister Helen. In the scene (forgive the theater language - I'm an actress, what can I say? *chuckle*) Helen opens her heart to her big sister in a moment of weakness, and Violet gets a rare glimpse into the "real" Helen. Vi learns in the brief interchange the mystery, if you will, behind Helen's sometimes obnoxious and overly hyper behavior - it was simply her way of dealing with change and sadness and stress . . .
Click here to read the full review at Scraps From My Workbasket.