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Keeping the House

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

I truly loved this book!!!

I bought this book at a used book store a few years ago, put in my library and forgot about it until recently. When I did read it I could not put it down. All I wanted to do was read, but did not want the story to end. I really like Ellen's style of writing and have ...
I bought this book at a used book store a few years ago, put in my library and forgot about it until recently. When I did read it I could not put it down. All I wanted to do was read, but did not want the story to end. I really like Ellen's style of writing and have ordered all of her other books. Truly good story telling.

posted by DebraJ24 on October 15, 2011

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

I wanted to like this book more than I did!

I thought Keeping the House was such an interesting idea for a novel, but I was a little disappointed by the book. I just never really developed a liking for the characters. I liked the non-chronological order of the chapters and the historical background of the book....
I thought Keeping the House was such an interesting idea for a novel, but I was a little disappointed by the book. I just never really developed a liking for the characters. I liked the non-chronological order of the chapters and the historical background of the book.

posted by suziQTX on January 30, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2010

    I wanted to like this book more than I did!

    I thought Keeping the House was such an interesting idea for a novel, but I was a little disappointed by the book. I just never really developed a liking for the characters. I liked the non-chronological order of the chapters and the historical background of the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    This could have been a much better book if the author showed any

    This could have been a much better book if the author showed any insight into the characters' behavior, and shared it with the reader. Attributing the bad behavior of several generations to an alleged "curse" lets the writer and the reader off the hook entirely. Instead, the reader is asked to believe that embracing the 50's values of husbands, babies, housework and potlucks, and hanging on to marriages that any sane person would have left years earlier are legitimate answers to life's confusion. Piffle.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2009

    OK, Not Wonderful

    I actually picked up this book at our local Barnes & Noble this past Saturday while there purchasing a birthday gift for my daughter's friend. It looked interesting, and the author is local.

    Tonight (Tuesday) I finished the book. Overall, I think that a great deal more research could have been done. First of all, the names. "Chase" for someone born at the turn of the last century? "Stacy" for someone born in roughly the same era, with sisters named Mary and Alice? Mildred or Genevieve would have been far more appropriate for that era. "Elissa" for someone born in the 1920's? Geez Louise, go the Social Security website to see what the most common given names were for babies in any given decade. I will admit that I'm quite the stickler for historical accuracy, and have hooted with laughter upon seeing zippers up the backs of the dresses worn by actresses in Tudor costume dramas.

    The plot is OK, although I managed to figure out the "twist" quite a few pages before it was revealed. At times the writing is very inspired, but at other times it's very stilted and wooden. Seems as though the author's research was very thorough on some points, but on others she just banged out a few pages here and there to try to bring the whole story together.

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