Regarding Anna Kindle Edition
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For a fun, fascinating, and somewhatunpredictable mystery, look no further than Regarding Anna byFlorence Osmund. Written in a friendly and straightforward style, readers willenjoy sleuthing alongside Grace as she seeks the truth about Anna. Grace is anadmirable character, and her determination to understand where she came from,even as it begins to put her in danger, is amazing. Don't be surprised if youhave a hard time putting this novel down!
--San Francisco Book Review
From the Back Cover
When Lee finally starts to find his way, his world is turnedupside-down when he learns shocking family secrets--causing him to rethink whohe is and where he is going.
Leeʾs decisive invention of himself is surprising; theroadblocks he confronts are unnerving; and the cast of characters he befriendsalong the way is both heartwarming and amusing.
- ASIN : B00U2NFZB4
- Publisher : Florence Osmund (February 26, 2015)
- Publication date : February 26, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1690 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 273 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #433,269 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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REGARDING ANNA is fascinating. Yes, it is a type of mystery, but it is more a wonderful human interest story. It is told by Grace herself--which I love--and the author absolutely amazed me with her ability to keep everything straight as she knit together several different plots. Meaningful to me as a reader is that the author supplied a generous epilogue. I love when you are in no way left hanging or wondering. REGARDING ANNA by Florence Osmund is a superb novel.
Throughout the book, I thought about the author's commitment to spend her retirement years writing and publishing, which is my dream as well. I wrote Too Much Gold to Flush, which benefits women's shelters and is my story of what I learned when correlating my seemingly irrational choices with the belief system I formed as a child in a dysfunctional home. I can certainly understand how the past impacts the current day - just as it does for the characters in this book.
Like other reviewers, I'm not sure why the story is set in the sixties. Having lived through them myself, I didn't really get any special 60s vibes from the book but still enjoyed it. It had several confusing moments but the ending was worth waiting for.
If you like unusual mysteries then you should like this one, just don't give up on it too fast.
Told in first person, Grace is a likable protagonist. She's at a lonely place in her life, and she feels she can't move forward until she figures out her past. While her skills as a P.I. are questionable, her strong moral character and empathy are never in doubt. The enjoyable subplots that center around her cases as a P.I. inject humor into this well-paced novel.
The other characters, including a crotchety old lady who lives in the home that Grace feels holds the key to her past, and Tymon, a man who fixes more than physical things, are realistic and complex.
The novel is set in the early sixties. Besides a few mentions of popular songs or television shows of the time, I didn't get a particular feel for the time period. Also, the technology that we have today was not in place. People relied on regular land lines and actually going to City Hall or the library to talk to staff and look up records.
The author puts the reader right in the setting, with vivid yet understated descriptions of the houses and neighborhoods in the Chicago area where the novel is set.
It is a well-written novel that I cherished reading.
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I did keep reading as I wanted to find out how the mystery panned out, so to be fair the overall story held my interest, even though I kept getting the impression I was reading the same bit over and over again. Alas the ending is the most awful tosh, leaving this reader disappointed and annoyed that I had wasted so much time on a book that really didn't go anywhere.
Was it an accident? Who was her mother? Not the one she thought. Who was the man she shared an office with? Not the man she thought he was.
Gracie finds more than facts in this tale of the twists that life can take, and that there is good in most people. A very good friend is found in the most unlikely of circumstances.
Poignant and thoughtful, a heart-warming tale. One that keeps you engrossed to the very end.