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T 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 A Dark Sicilian Secret lives together I have to give kudos to the author for the appropriately named title of the story It is told in three stories giving 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 goals I also enjoyed watching her struggle with the realization that these goals may be out of her reach On the flip side I felt that Elyse was aittle too desperate to truly identify with Isobel fell somewhere in betweenWhile the story was good I did find that there were some 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 was going on Also the majority of the romance happens off screen which eft me wondering how they had progressed Lastly I struggled with the character of Benny I found that he was a surplus character that should had involvement in the outcome of the story Although I knew he wasn t what the reader is ed to he was no spoilers here I promise he was present too much in the story to not have a 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 Spite House a historic Black Beech and Honeydew: An Autobiography landmark in Memphis Tennessee and the house where Lizzie spent much of her childhood has fallen into grave disrepair In the time since her grandmother passed away the house was apparently abandoned andeft to rot Now the city has stepped in and Lizzie and her mother are in danger of At the Italians Command losing it unless it can be fixed to code Enter Lizzie s cousins Elyse and Isobel Best of friends since Lizzie s mother married into the family the three girls are as close as siblings Together theyl work to fix Spite House and uncover its secrets But the renovations also offer each of them a chance to fix their own Oh Baby! lives as well Lizzie who dreams of a chance at the Olympics while recovering from heratest surgery hopes the house will finally give her the opportunity to Her Rancher Hero (Saddlers Prairie, learn about her father Elyse is using Spite House as a chance to escape her sister sooming marriage a marriage to the man Elyse has been in The Maid of Lorne love with much of her ownife 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 ooking 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 ife of three cousins each on the brink of thirty and each unsure what to do next in How to Become a Virgin lifeThe book is split into three sections each piece told from one of the 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 only generally glossed over The girls never really became fully developed or fleshed out either Sadly I never really feltike I was seeing anything beyond their surface stories I never felt Dangerous Disguise (Cavanaugh Justice, like I was really getting to know any of them and ended up having uite a hard time connecting with them and becoming invested in their stories I would call this smart chickit it s very clever in that each cousin narrates a section giving meaning to the title I also oved 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 *romance and suspense and it s a bit of a coming of age novel for these women their twenties I iked how it went back and forth A very satisfying beach read. 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 ove is also an account of friendship and how relying on each others insights and strengths provides the women a way to get what they need instead of what they want.
READ Three Story HouseThis book was crap There will be spoilers because I *Disliked
#the story so #Story So That I Don T Care *the story so much that I don t care 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 give Elyse And she s not fat she s pudgy and Command Performance likes to bake Way to go on personality there These three cousins have been friends forife and when all three of their Loveknot (Welcome to Tyler, lives are at a crisis at the same time they go to Memphis to restore a house and fix everythingI feltike the author didn t really The Perfect Blend like her characters She madeittle attempt to have them be ikeable and she didn t go too deep into their emotions She divided the story into three parts so that you could focus on each girl 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 soccer team When in a ater section you find out she doesn t make it that s all you know You don t know if she was upset or if she had accepted her fate by then or what And Isobel in order to try and spruce up her career is having a reality crew film the three of them fixing up the house The crew in order to spice up ratings keeps throwing weird situations at them and surprising them with weird guests and everything And someone will get madfor a paragraph And then it s just not talked about It s not resolved It s justthere Isobel throws them out finally and nobody really says anything Don t worry She got a Wanted (Sealed with a Kiss long great with the cameraman and he comes back with a great show idea that will help Isobel revive her career Problem solved No emotionAnd poor old Elyse is hiding out because the man sheoves is marrying her sister Turns out they were childhood friends and she was just waiting until one day he and her sister come into the Rayuan Sang Bos [Seduced By the Boss] living room and announce they re getting married WHAT When she finally has the big confrontation with the guy I don t understand why this book has so many decent reviews It readsike a really good short story from a high school English class Don t get me wrong those can be great but most are a far cry from being publishable I can t tell if this is supposed to be chick Bachelor to the Rescue (Home to Dover, lit or just really baditerature 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 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 Secrets At Maple Syrup Farm lovely story for a hot day when you want somethingight 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 Whispers Of The Heart life At the end of their 20 s they are have to reevaluate theirife s directions so they come together to save Lizzie s grandmother s house in Memphis I The Dukes Gamble 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 aight upbeat read I had a ot of fun reading it 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 ike I missed out on the other characters perspectiveI guess I wanted out of it I never rea. Renovating an historic Memphis house together three cousins discover that their spectacular failures in Let Go 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 toive up to everyone’s expectations and their own aspirations Lly ended up connecting with any of the characters or their stories "I felt kind of ike I was reading an outline of the "felt kind of ike I was reading an outline of the and not the meat For instance we never 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 how things are progressing almost as an after thought That was weird for me As I said I wanted 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 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 Major Westhavens Unwilling Ward (Hh love with her sister s husbandthese are women with issues They are cousins who take a time out in theirives to connect heal and fix up Lizzie s grandmother 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 her mother has always refused to talk aboutWhat I Major Westhavens Unwilling Ward loved about this bookI enjoyed the cousins and the way they connected and worked together I did not get the significance of the title until I got to the second storywhich was Elyse s storythen I got it AlsoIove the way this author does family ifeI felt as though I knew the key players really wellWhat I did not ove about this bookI found the cousins and their issues just a teensie bit dull at timesI think I wanted them to have scandalous issues than they did Plusonce we find out who Lizzie s father isit just doesn t truly seem How to Disappear like that big of a dealher mother should have told herand Lizzie should have asked uestionsFinal thoughtsWould this be a good choice for youpotential readerI started this book with such high hopesthe writing is goodthe house stuff is interestingthe cousins personalities uniue enough but I just did not connect with these characters as much as I needed to in order to reallyove this book It s nothing I can actually pinpointjust sort of a disconnect on my part Much Act Like You Know like in her first book The Roots of the Olive Tree Courtney Santo has createdush 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 A Guide to Americas Sex Laws 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 mostlyows of making the house habitable story by story each cousin *also goes through a personal renovation as ife challenges them in myriad ways The family secrets they uncover in the *goes through a personal renovation as ife challenges them in myriad ways The family secrets they uncover in the only serve to bind them closer togetherThe writing was able to do what only the best of books can do and that is sweep me away to where I was totally involved in the story I felt their joy and success as keenly as I did their disappointments and mistakes I also enjoyed the ove etter to Memphis written between each A Village with My Name: A Family History of China's Opening to the World line of the novel as muchike the author Memphis is my adopted home Hated it Found the writing Anthropology as Cultural Critique laborious and tedious Thought the characters were insipid and uninteresting I kept going thinking it would get better but each story was implausible than theast If the author teaches writing I fear for her students 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 Augus. 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 Anyone long held family secret about her father in her grandmother’s jumble of mementos and the home’s hidden spaces Elyse’s obsession with an old flameeads her to a harrowing mistake that thr.