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Heather Negahdar ""Haze"" (Bridgetown, Barbados)

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Closer
Closer
Price: CDN$ 10.00
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5.0 out of 5 stars PASSIONATE SINGING, WONDERFUL VOICE!!!,, Aug. 30 2010
This review is from: Closer (Audio CD)
Here is a young man with a big voice. Anyone hearing him without seeing him on his album would think they were listening to a grown man. His voice is deep and soulful, full of passion and ultra-rich, as he sings his heart out in the four languages of English, Spanish, Italian and French.
My favourite is of course You Raise Me Up sung in English, and I can hear it over and again and again it only makes the tune better, and of course Oceano sung in French.
What remarkable talent!!! What a remarkable voice!!! I love it.
Heather Marshall Sugar-Cane Bridgetown 30/08/10

Unfinished Desires: A Novel
Unfinished Desires: A Novel
by Gail Godwin
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars STIMULATING, Aug. 22 2010
"Mother Mallory was vexed by the clumsiness that had come over her even as she descended the stairs of the train, taking caution with her long skirts when a nun wearing aviator sunglasses shot forward to claim her. Mother Ravenel was vigorous and handsome with a high coloured face and fine white teeth."

Gail Godwin's books are so wonderfully written and especially this one would make a great gift for any occasion. Stimulating and wrapped in mystery and wonder, the characters are so wonderfully and genuinely produced; like people we have already met. This book brings out the compassion in our hearts and causes us to empathize with these wonderful people. Well written, it held my attention until the last page and not to add any spoilers, I write highly recommending this great book. Hope there will be lots more to come.
Reviewed by Heather Marshall Neghadar (Sugar-Cane- August 21st, 2010)

Cat's Eye
Cat's Eye
by Margaret Atwood
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars SAD, Aug. 22 2010
This review is from: Cat's Eye (Paperback)
"If I were to see Cordelia again, what would I tell her about myself? The truth, or whatever would make me look good."

This novel started off at a fast pace and kept me glued to the pages. Elaine is the victim of the bullying of a group of three girls who are considered her friends. Although they are supposed to be friends they make Elaine a scapegoat for everthing that happens in the three girls' lives. She is obedient to their punishment, becasue she thinks she really deserves it. But suddenly one day that all changes and we are brought into the the future lives of these young women. Not a bad book but very detailed, and towards the end I was gettinga little weary of it.
Reviewed by Heather Marshall Negahdar (Sugar-Cane- August 21st, 2010)

Last Night in Twisted River
Last Night in Twisted River
by John Irving
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars A SLOW READ, July 10 2010
"Like a long slowly moving hearse, the maroon semiwoodie took the haul road out of the settlement. As they drove south-south-east, sometimes within sight of Twisted River, the dawn was fast approaching."

I was eager for this book, and planned to take in on my holidays earlier this year with me. The book is five hundred and fifty four pages, but that's okay because I like fat books which hold my attention.

The book centres around Dominic a cook who sets up his business in a Sawmill settlement accompanied by his young son Daniel, who one night kills the girlfriend of the constable thinking she was a bear. Afterwards the chase is on for they must leave immediately. They move from New Hampshire to Boston, Vermont, Toronto and then back to New Hampshire all the while opening restaurants as they flee.
The action and intrigue I looked for was not there to the magnitude that I expected. They were far too comfortable in their running away and the suspense was missing.

Otherwise, Mr. Irving painted some very interesting and colourful characters, and because of them I continued to read. SLOW-PACED
Reviewed by Heather Marshall Negahdar - July 10th, 2010

The Help
The Help
by Kathryn Stockett
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 19.44
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4.0 out of 5 stars SLAVERY DAYS, March 12 2010
This review is from: The Help (Hardcover)
"Get the house straightened up and then go and fix some of that chicken salad."

These were the days when white people treated their black servants like slaves. They never ate the same food, they had to work long tough hours doing housekeeping and cooking to boot. train their children, and not to forget to use the outside bathroom.

These families will continue to do this until the day when one of their white daughters Skeeter returns to her parents' home and decides to evaluate these 'working' conditions.

It hurts her to see how they treat the help and she sets up a meeting with the staff from various households to have them have their say.

And a lot is said.

Between Abilene, Skeeter and Minnie, the wheels start rolling and everything come out in the wash.

This book will set you to thinking as it did the families, who when were awakened looked at the consequence as an act of betrayal.
Reviewed by Heather Marshall Negahdar (SUGAR-CANE 12/03/2010)

Reviewed by Heather Marshall Negahdar (SUGAR-CANE 19/08/09)

A Reliable Wife
A Reliable Wife
by Robert Goolrick
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.40
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4.0 out of 5 stars CLEVER, March 12 2010
This review is from: A Reliable Wife (Paperback)
"With deft fingers she threaded the needle and quickly sewed her jewellery into the hem of her skirt. Insignificant as it was, it reminded her of the way she once lived, her old life, now hidden in the helm of a plain dress. It was her insurance, her little baubles, her ticket out of darkness, if darkness fell. It was her independence. It was her past."

Catherine Land was a woman of the world so when lonely and wealthy Ralph Truitt in Wisconsin advertises for a reliable wife, she goes after it lock stock and barrel.
Catherine knows what she wants out of life and this will be an ideal opportunity to become wealthy if her plans are fulfilled.
She travels to Wisconsin by train on a wintry day disappointing Mr. Truitt who expected a different looking woman, and is not at all pleased. He shows and voices his discontentment while Catherine remains calm as they travel home.
It is on this journey to his home that an usual event takes place which will change their entire lives totally.
I write very simply in fear of giving too much of the plot away.
You will be amazed and you will be taken aback as passions stir and deep feelings are held in check. Consider this a very adult book.
Reviewed by Heather Marshall Negahdar (SUGAR-CANE 12/03/2010)

All the Living
All the Living
by C.E. Morgan
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A BEDAZZLING TOUCH, March 12 2010
This review is from: All the Living (Hardcover)
"The garden had suffered in the weeks since Emma's death. Black ribboned worms clung to the remaining beans that dropped down off their short poles, and a great burst of zinnias withered into grey masses, their eyes turned. Only a blue-coned flower clung to its colour and the cone had dropped its petals. A white-bellied bee alighted, its wings quivering madly taking the last pollen from a miniature yellow heart."

When Orren's parents mother and brother die and he inherits the Tobacco farm and all that goes with it, he invites Aloma, his orphaned girlfriend to come stay with him in Kentucky. She does not hesitate for what is there to prevent her. After all, it would give them both a chance to know each other better living under the same roof.

When Aloma arrives, her spirits become daunted as things are not as
she expected. The buildings are old and run down looking, the interiors are moldy and mildewed, and will need immediate attention.

Not one to be put off by such hard and tedious work, she gets down to tidying and cleaning up and making the house as pristine as she possibly can.

Orren is a withdrawn man from the moment go. He is an introvert. He is stiff. He is not willing to engage in any meaningful conversation, and sometimes she wonders if he is mad with her and why is he dealing with his grief in such a way that obliterates her from his life, except when they share the same bed at night.

But Aloma a Piano player, is far too uncomfortable in this setting and sets her sights to getting a job at the Local church to play a few times a week.

The freshness, which the church brings to her makes her light- headed and full of joy and Orren noticing the change, is not delighted by it. He does not like this new arrangement one little but. He keeps speaking in the negative of the farm and the ever-present drought, while Aloma agrees with the conditions but she claims that she sees a positive outlook as far as rain is concerned.

He does not care for her encouragement and locks himself away again until a serious turnabout set wheels in motions and Orren as never expected, makes a complete change, and becomes a very different man with a very different outlook. It will shock the living daylights out of you to see this transformation. I highly recommend this book for those who go for classical stuff and others. Hoping she comes up with another good book soon.
Reviewed by Heather Marshall Negahdar (SUGAR-CANE 12/03/2010)

When Crickets Cry
When Crickets Cry
by Charles Martin
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars FOR OUT OF THE HEART ARE THE ISSUES OF LIFE, March 12 2010
This review is from: When Crickets Cry (Paperback)
"She craned her neck, stretched high on her tiptoes, and cupped her hands to her mouth. Lemonaaade! Lemonaaaaade, fifty cents.
The Lemonade stand was sturdy and well worn, but hastily made."

This novel was written from the heart and soul of this brilliant writer. A page-turner, which does not let you go, this is a passionate work that will bring a tear to your eye from time to time.
Will be highly recommending When Crickets Cry to my friends and all other bookworms. This is indeed a keepsake and will be a wonderful gift for any occasion.
Reviewed by Heather Marshall Negahdar (SUGAR CANE 12/03/2010)

Where the River Ends
Where the River Ends
by Charles Martin
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE COVER DREW ME TO THE BOOK, March 12 2010
This review is from: Where the River Ends (Hardcover)
"Abigail, your father is right. I am a product of a trailer park. You are Southern Royalty. I am a dreamer, a loner and I seldom get what I think or feel out of my mouth. You're a national phenomenon who can talk with kings or queens or sweet grass basket weavers.
I am more suited to work the parties at your parents' house than attend them."

Doss Michaels and Abigail Grace Coleman coming from opposite sides of the tracks, fall in love at first sight. Doss is an artist and Abigail is a Model cum Interior decorator. Their love sees them through very happy times where doors are opened for Doss through his art, which would have otherwise permanently slammed in his face. He makes a fortune through Abigail's contacts, and as for her, she already has her wealth cut out for her, plus her gains from her Decorating job which she tends to treat as a hobby.
But despite her wealth and the political influence of her father, a South Carolina Senator, Abigail carries no airs and graces, and keeps a broadminded presence about her as she goes after Doss, hook, line and sinker. Doss, incredible of his blessings falls in and tows the line, eloping with her much to the disgust of her parents. Their life is adventurous, travelling to Europe and beyond, to art galleries, and taking in the culture of exotic destinations. They keep abreast of the latest in their careers, and come back home when they are good and ready to do so.
It is not long before Abigail comes down with ill health and the love of Doss for his wife knit them closer and if they were one baring the same illness. Not knowing what her future holds, she begs her husband to take her for a sail down to the end of the river; something he has always promised her.
Doss agrees and they start their journey. Mr Martin writes his chapter with great diligence, giving us the present, following with the past, allowing us to see the full picture with full understanding.
This book was very touching, and I highly recommend this for those who love the calmness and serenity of life and those who believe that love triumphs over despair.
Reviewed by Heather Marshall Negahdar (SUGAR-CANE 12/02/2010)

Old Sins
Old Sins
by Penny Vincenzi
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT DISCOVERY, Feb. 21 2010
This review is from: Old Sins (Paperback)
What a wondeful day it was when I discovered this wonderful author. Old Sins was my first reading by her and I throughly enjoyed the characters and the mystery attached. Since then I've read all of her books and I'm now in the middle of her current one No Angel. Old Sins is one of her best. Thanks Ms. Vincenzi
Reviewed by Heather Marshall Neghadar ( SUGAR-CANE 21-02-10)

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