Ave Maria and Jack have been married for eight years and have lost a child, and it's taken a toll on their marriage. What got me were several moments where Ave Maria comes to some painful realizations about herself and Jack. Trigiani can have you laughing out loud one moment and reaching for the tissues the next.
Mar 01, Donna rated it it was amazing Shelves: women-s-fiction. I loved this one. I could relate to the MC in more ways than I'd like to admit. I think the author spoke my language through the MC. I also enjoyed the humor; it had such charm. She has a way with words that elevated characters, setting, and relationships. I loved that and really, sometimes that is all it takes to get 5 stars from my stingy fingers.
This book is chick lit and the second installment to a series. I haven't read the I loved this one. I haven't read the first book in this series, but I have read the third one and gave that one 4 stars. The author narrating her own book bugged with the that one, but it didn't even cross my mind once with this one.
I think I was just in the mood for this today. So, 5 stars. Mar 25, Cheryl, The Book Contessa rated it really liked it Shelves: read , chick-lit-read , library.
What a great follow up to Big Stone Gap. These are my favorite kind of books, where I am drawn right in to the characters lives--joys and struggles, mundane and exciting. I have new friends and neighbors and coworkers in this story. I have watched Pearl grow up. I wish Ava would confide in me.
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Theodore is one of my best friends too! I love Etta's entrance into tween years. B What a great follow up to Big Stone Gap. Beautiful novel all the way around. Milk Glass Moon here I come! The main character Ave Maria is someone I'd like to meet in real life and have a heart to heart with! There is no getting around it, this book is sexist.
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Still a good read though. Jan 22, Bryn Clegg rated it it was ok. I hate when we get a couple together in the first book, and they are struggling and bratty to each other in the next one. I got sick of the main character and her negativity, and I don't like cheating husbands. May 20, Mahoghani 23 rated it really liked it Shelves: books-read-in , series-books , romance , chic-lit. Everyday life interrupts marriage and eventually the couple becomes redundant and in a cycle.
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Ava Marie is worried about another woman attempting to take Jack from her but soon realizes that there are things about herself that has placed a rift in her marriage with the biggest issue of not allowing Jack to be the head of household and understanding that Everyday life interrupts marriage and eventually the couple becomes redundant and in a cycle. Ava Marie is worried about another woman attempting to take Jack from her but soon realizes that there are things about herself that has placed a rift in her marriage with the biggest issue of not allowing Jack to be the head of household and understanding that he's a man and not super man.
It's funny, inspiring and reveals life without seeming unrealistic and full of boring extra wording. The author invites you into the lives of the close knit community and how they look out for one another. Sometimes they're nosy and a little overbearing but since I didn't grow up there, it bothers me more than them so their interaction is normal to them.
Aug 25, Laura rated it liked it. This was so different from the first book All the marriage drama had my avoiding it a bit.. Slight spoiler alert The problem for me was I wanted to jump into the book and throttle Ave for tiptoeing around Jack's "ego". Why do women feel they have to do that?? Anyone with common sense would see she made the right decision to help support the family in a time of need. They have a child that has to come before his "ego". She should have told him right away, but she shou I didn't love this sequel as much as I loved Big Stone Gap and as much as I usually love Ms Trigiani's storytelling.
She should have told him right away, but she shouldn't need his permission. Then her best friend Theodore, who is now out of the closet, take's her husbands side and gives her a lecture. Is everybody blind in this book? Next thing, Jack is carrying on with another woman, or at least putting himself in a pretty good position for a another women to stroke his "ego". The book ends in a nice neat bow, but I can't buy it.
I know there are more books in the series, I will have to debate them.
Better books to read by Ms. May 09, Christine rated it it was amazing. My favorite thing about this book is that it takes a real look at feelings within the marriage. Nothing is sugar coated or not dealt with. The main character is far from perfect, and the author deals with that but not by making light of the situations. There are places where I think a lot of other authors would make the story about revenge.
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Adriana does not. Looking forward to book three in the series! Apr 09, Liz rated it it was ok. Like the first one of the series, I found myself drawn into the story and the small town lives of the characters, but I still don't like Ave Maria very much! All of her internal issues and insecurities end up feeling selfish and somewhat contrived to me. Her poor husband! I also wasn't crazy about the resolution of their marriage problems so quickly at the end of the book I'll have to read the third book and find out I guess!
Jan 30, Karen Witter rated it really liked it. I liked this book better than Big Stone Gap, maybe because it spoke more to where I am in my own life.
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The continuing saga of Ave Maria pulled me in completely. One really refreshing thing this story avoided was pat answers and oversimplification of the complications if life, love, and relationships. Jan 20, Jennifer rated it liked it. Perfect beach reading. In this follow-up to the first one, the heroine, Ave, has a midlife crisis and questions her relationships with her husband.
There were plenty of things I could relate to and the characters were alive enough. It was a nice, light, read. Jan 08, Sarah rated it liked it. This book is fine. Not great, not bad, but fine. It's like eating Skittles when what you really wanted was a steak. Skittles are tasty, but not satisfying. The writing is about a 6th grade reading level -- not a challenge.
View all 3 comments. Jun 28, Mary rated it it was amazing. This book is more serious than the first book. However, as a lover of biography, the tone made it a more pleasurable read for me. I became more attached to the characters in their ups and downs and the chapters that take place in Italy are so deliciously descriptive, be warned, you will want to travel abroad if you do not already.
Mar 13, Chastain rated it liked it.
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