Courtney Miller Santo: Three Story House

Three Story House ended up just being an OK read for me The story was interesting but it just fell short The story told through the eyes of the three cousins each in their own section instead of alternating throughout the book I m not sure this format worked for me because I felt like I missed out on the other characters perspectiveI uess I wanted out of it I never really ended up connecting with any of the characters or their stories I felt kind of like I was reading an outline of the story and not the meat For instance we never Learning Yii Testing got to see any of the romance between the characters Both Lizzie and Isobel find men and we are just kind of told how things are progressing almost as an after thought That was weird for me As I said I wanted The reveal about who Lizzie s father was came out of nowhere and was too creepy for words I don t fault her for her reaction Review also found at received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher William Morrow via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review The expected publication date is August 19 2014This is the story of Lizzie Elyse and Isobel as they come together to renovate a house and simultaneously attempt to put the pieces of their lives together I have toive kudos to the author for the appropriately named title of the story It is told in three stories iving a perspective to each of the cousins Hence Three story housewell doneThis was a nice read where I enjoyed some of the characters than others For example I enjoyed Lizzie and her determination to reach her oals I also enjoyed watching her struggle with the realization that these oals may be out of her reach On the flip side I felt that Elyse was a little too desperate to truly identify with Isobel fell somewhere in betweenWhile the story was ood I did find that there were some Communicating Effectively glitches in the execution of the story Many times the transitions did not work and I had to re read portions of the book to find out what wasoing on Also the majority of the romance happens off screen which left me wondering how they had progressed Lastly I struggled with the character of Benny I found that he was a surplus character that should have had involvement in the outcome of the story Although I knew he wasn t what the reader is led to believe he was no spoilers here I promise he was present too much in the story to not have a The Philosophical Journey greater significance to the storylineThis story entertained me If you can overlook the inconsistencies in the story and the fact that everything seems to only touch the surface then I say read it I don t understand why this book has so many decent reviews It reads like a reallyood short story from a high school English class Don t Asset Protection get me wrong those can bereat but most are a far cry from being publishable I can t tell if this is supposed to be chick lit or just really bad literature I don t think I would have rated it as poorly if I hadn t been expecting so much Characters blah Storyline eh The whole thing was just kind of bland There are better books out there Much like. Renovating an historic Memphis house together three cousins discover that their spectacular failures in love career and family provide the foundation for their future happiness in this warm and poignant novel from the author of The Roots of the Olive Tree that is reminiscent of The Postmistress The Secret Life of Bees and Kristin Hannah’s novelsNearing thirty and trying to avoid the inescapable fact that they have failed to live up to everyone’s expectations and their own aspirations

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Se and Isobel Best of friends since Lizzie s mother married into the family the three Enzymes Enzyme Therapy girls are as close as siblings Together they ll work to fix Spite House and uncover its secrets But the renovations also offer each of them a chance to fix their own lives as well Lizzie who dreams of a chance at the Olympics while recovering from her latest surgery hopes the house will finallyive her the opportunity to learn about her father Elyse is using Spite House as a chance to escape her sister s looming marriage a marriage to the man Elyse has been in love with much of her own life And Isobel has always dreamed of recapturing the attention and celebrity she had as a child For her Spite House might prove to be exactly what she s looking for As with her debut The Roots of the Olive Tree Courtney Miller Santo once again offers up something of a family saga This time it s one year in the life of three cousins each on the brink of thirty and each unsure what to do next in lifeThe book is split into three sections each piece told from one of the Blindsided girls viewpoints This is a format I usually enjoy uite a bit but I m not sure that it was the best option here in Three Story House First the house itself was of the most interest to me Spite House there s a story there Unfortunately it s pushed to the background and onlyenerally At Land glossed over Theirls never really became fully developed or fleshed out either Sadly I never really felt like I was seeing anything beyond their surface stories I never felt like I was really On the Run getting to know any of them and ended up having uite a hard time connecting with them and becoming invested in their stories 35 starsThis book is from Bookreportercom a delightful site for booklovers The title is a pun and it sets the tone right away Not only is the story about a three story house called the Spite House but the different stories of three cousins who come together to save the house It s a lovely story for a hot day when you want something light and fun Lizzie is a star soccer player whose career is winding up due to injuries Isobel is a former child actor who has not found successful film career as an adult Elyse the weakest character as far as I am concerned has not found her way in life At the end of their 20 s they are have to reevaluate their life s directions so they come together to save Lizzie srandmother s house in Memphis I loved the fact that they are cousins It s a relationship that s not explored very much I have three female cousins and they are so special to me that I enjoyed this book that much It s also about their relationships with their parents that s not unexpected It s in your 20 s that you redefine that relationship I recommend this book when you re in the mood for a light upbeat read I had a lot of fun reading it Hated it Found the writing laborious and tedious Thought the characters were insipid and uninteresting I kept The Price Of Blood (Phil Broker, going thinking it wouldet better but each story was implausible than the last If the author teaches writing I fear for her students. Eatens to destroy her sister’s wedding and Isobel’s uest for celebrity tempts her to betray confidences in ways that would irreparably damage her two cousinsTold in three parts from the perspective of each of the women this sharply observed account of the restoration of a house built out of spite but filled with memories of love is also an account of friendship and how relying on each others insights and strengths provides the women a way to et what they need instead of what they want.

In her first book The Roots of the Olive Tree Courtney Santo has created lush vibrant REALISTIC family dynamics that ring true From the point you meet the three cousins Lizzy Elyse and Isobel as children affectionately known by their family as the tripletscousins the Triplins their relationship is honest and authentic There is no saccharine sweet fictional familial love here they fight and suabble just as real cousins but their deep bond to one another is always evidentThe book is cleverly crafted following each cousin through her own story as together they renovate the Spite House built high on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi As they work through the highs and mostly lows of making the house hab I would call this smart chick lit it s very clever in that each cousin narrates a section iving meaning to the title I also loved the portrayal of the cousin relationship which I feel is a very special relationship There s some light romance and suspense and it s a bit of a coming of age novel for these women in their twenties I liked how it went back and forth A very satisfying beach read This book was crap There will be spoilers because I disliked the story so much that I don t care to preserve itThe story is about three cousins Lizzie the soccer player Isobel the actress and Elyse the fat one Yes that is the big trait that they Meg and the Mystery in Williamsburg (Meg Duncan, give Elyse And she s not fat she s pudgy and likes to bake Way too on personality there These three cousins have been friends for life and when all three of their lives are at a crisis at the same time they Pregnant Man go to Memphis to restore a house and fix everythingI felt like the author didn t really like her characters She made little attempt to have them be likeable and she didn to too deep into their emotions She divided the story into three parts so that you could focus on each irl In Lizzie s section she is struggling with a soccer injury that could and does end her career She s extremely focused on making the olympic TitleThree Story HouseAuthorCourtney Miller SantoMy in a nutshell summaryLizzie Elyse Isobelcousinsor triplinsthe family name for themall have personal issues that need to be dealt withMy thoughts after reading this bookLizziea wannabe Olympic soccer player with a major knee injuryIsobelformer child actress who is not sure what she wants to doElysefailed inn owner in love with her sister s husbandthese are women with issues They are cousins who take a time out in their lives to connect heal and fix up Lizzie s randmother s nearly condemned house in Memphis The house has major problems and seems to hold many secrets The big secret is who is Lizzie s father This is something that Spite House a historic landmark in Memphis Tennessee and the house where Lizzie spent much of her childhood has fallen into Kawaii Manga grave disrepair In the time since herrandmother passed away the house was apparently abandoned and left to rot Now the city has stepped in and Lizzie and her mother are in danger of losing it unless it can be fixed to code Enter Lizzie s cousins Ely. Ousins and childhood best friends Lizzie Elyse and Isobel seek respite in an oddly shaped three story house that sits on a bluff sixty feet above the MississippiAs they work to restore the almost condemned house each woman faces uncomfortable truths about their own failings Lizzie seeks answers to a long held family secret about her father in her randmother’s jumble of mementos and the home’s hidden spaces Elyse’s obsession with an old flame leads her to a harrowing mistake that thr.

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