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'विषैला वामपंथ' by डॉ. राजीव मिश्रा एक पूर्व वामपंथी के वामपंथ के ऊपर विचार...



























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my friend and i stopped by a little library in the park and i practically stole all the vintage books i saw. personally this one is my favorite due to the annotations.

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id like to thank the Lolla that im pretty sure this book belonged to and who probably wrote these lovely notes.

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‘I believe in a personal god who cares about me and worries and oversees everything I do.  I believe in an impersonal god who set the universe in motion and went off to hang with her girlfriends and doesn’t even know that I’m alive.  I believe in an empty and godless universe of causal chaos, background noise, and sheer blind luck.’
—  American Gods (Neil Gaiman)

amy march owns my heart 💞💓💗

i think part of the reason why i love amy march so much is because she’s a realist. she sees the world for what it is and doesn’t expect anything great out of it. and yes, she might be spoiled and immature in the beginning, but she grows out of it when she’s older. she becomes this classy, respectable, sophisticated, elegant woman that i would want to be. then there’s the thing with laurie. some people might hate it, but i think they deserve each other. they genuinely love each other and they turn each other into a better version of themselves.

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hate when you’re reading a sub-to-low-par book and you pick a favorite side character that you end up writing a ton of fan fiction in your head about that’s much better than the actual book you’re reading and you accidentally make that side character a lot more interesting than they are in the book so you end up being disappointed by what the author actually does with that character because you KNOW they had a lot more potential to be so much cooler.

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Synopsis



When caregiver Faith McCallum arrives at the enchanted, lakeside estate of Avalon’s renowned Bellamy family, she’s intent on rebuilding her shattered life and giving her two daughters a chance at a better future. But she faces a formidable challenge in the form of her stubborn and difficult new employer, Alice Bellamy. While Faith proves a worthy match for her sharp-tongued client, she often finds herself at a loss for words in the presence of Mason Bellamy—Alice’s charismatic son, who clearly longs to escape the family mansion and return to his fast-paced, exciting life in Manhattan…and his beautiful, jet-setting fiancée.

 



The last place Mason wants to be is a remote town in the Catskills, far from his life in the city, and Faith McCallum is supposed to be the key to his escape. Hiring the gentle-hearted yet strong-willed caregiver as a live-in nurse gives his mother companionship and Mason the freedom to return to his no-attachments routine. For Faith, it means stability for her daughters and a much-needed new home. When Faith makes a chilling discovery about Alice’s accident, Mason is forced to reconsider his desire to keep everyone, including his mother, at a distance. Now he finds himself wondering if the supercharged life he’s created for himself is what he truly wants…and whether exploring his past might lead to a new life—and lasting love—on the tranquil shores of Willow Lake.

 

 

Thoughts

I was introduced to Susan Wiggs books through my local librarian, who first introduced me to her Charm School books. After that, I was hooked, asking for/requesting other books by the author, it was during that time that I read my first Lakeshore Chronicles book. So of course, when (whilst browsing my local British Heart Foundation shop) I came across Starlight on Willow Lake (the last book in the Lakeshore Chronicles series) years later, it was an instant buy for me.

 

 

What I liked:

 

 

  • Male protagonist was a nice guy all the way through the book, didn’t start off not liking the heroine/didn’t misunderstand her, always there to help her. Refreshing to see, we need more good guy protagonists in books.



  • Loved the whole family-orientated aspect of the book. Not just the male lead’s family but Faith’s family too. I had expected the romance to take centre stage in the book but it didn’t, instead it was the family aspect that was the focus of the book and honestly? I liked it.



  •  The friendship between Alice and Faith’s girls. One of the highlights of Starlight on Willow Lake.



  • Perhaps one of my most favourite parts of the whole read was how the love angle unfolded (between the two main protagonists) throughout the book. It was nice and slow (and we all know how much I absolutely adore a good slow burn romance).


 

  What could have been improved: 




  • The author’s portrayal/ thoughts on a Muslim character. During a flashback (to the male protag’s late teens) The author relies on stereotypes, not only in how the Katya (the character) is described on the page but also in what other characters think of her and the way she dresses.  




One of the scenes as an example:            



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And at one point even the character herself says something that screamed stereotype whilst I was reading; I would have liked to have seen a portrayal that wasn’t stereotypical.    



Overall:    



A good read, one that I really liked, I just wish that the portrayal of Katya had been less reliant on stereotypes. The only disappointing part of the book, otherwise (if I was to rate it) a four out of five star read.