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Cronache di piccoli miracoli

Cronache di piccoli miracoli Mill River Mary ancora non ci crede Patrick McAllister uno degli uomini pi ricchi e pi affascinanti che abbia mai incontrato le ha chiesto di sposarlo Inoltre come regalo di nozze lei e Patr

  • Title: Cronache di piccoli miracoli
  • Author: Darcie Chan Paolo Falcone
  • ISBN: 9788842921660
  • Page: 408
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Mill River, 1940 Mary ancora non ci crede Patrick McAllister, uno degli uomini pi ricchi e pi affascinanti che abbia mai incontrato, le ha chiesto di sposarlo Inoltre, come regalo di nozze, lei e Patrick hanno ricevuto una splendida casa sulla collina che sovrasta la citt , dove potranno vivere il loro sogno d a Mary giovane e ingenua, e non sa che quella casaMill River, 1940 Mary ancora non ci crede Patrick McAllister, uno degli uomini pi ricchi e pi affascinanti che abbia mai incontrato, le ha chiesto di sposarlo Inoltre, come regalo di nozze, lei e Patrick hanno ricevuto una splendida casa sulla collina che sovrasta la citt , dove potranno vivere il loro sogno d a Mary giovane e ingenua, e non sa che quella casa diventer la sua prigione Mill River, oggi Sono passati quasi sessant anni dalla morte del marito, eppure Mary McAllister ha ancora paura di lui, dei suoi modi sgarbati, dei suoi eccessi d ira In realt , Mary ha paura di tutti e vive come una reclusa nella sua grande casa in cima alla collina Nessuno la vede mai e i suoi contatti col mondo avvengono soltanto tramite la radio, la televisione e padre Michael O Brian, il suo unico vero amico, che va a farle visita quasi ogni giorno E padre O Brian il solo a conoscere la sua storia, il solo a conoscere il vero segreto di Mary Un segreto che riguarda ciascun abitante di Mill River Sono trascorsi tanti, troppi anni, ed ora di svelare questo segreto Anzi questi tanti, piccoli segreti

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    1. Darcie Chan Paolo Falcone

      Darcie Chan is the New York Times bestselling author of the eBook sensation THE MILL RIVER RECLUSE and the novels THE MILL RIVER REDEMPTION and THE PROMISE OF HOME She has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal For fourteen years, Chan worked as an attorney drafting environmental and natural resource legislation for the U.S Senate She now writes fiction full time and lives north of New York City with her husband and son.

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    1. Having finished this novel, I feel as sugar sick as I did once after pigging out on my mother's home made fudgeThis is the sort of tale I would have loved when I was 7. I was a very precocious 7, however, having already read Pearl Buck and Havelock Ellis. However, at 76 I need more than plot or facts from a book. I need good writing.The heavy-handed prose plodding through the banal plotting had me groaning. So why did I finish it? Boredom. Disbelief. That others gave it 5 stars.If Touchstone doe [...]


    2. A disappointing book better suited for a cheesy lifetime movie. With a feel-good factor of 10, believe-abilty factor of 0 and poor dialogue this story is best suited for a lifetime made-for-tv movie starting some washed-up sitcom actress from the 80s. There is potential in the story of Mary--she was raped by her high school teacher, she married a wealthy aristocrat, she was physically abused by her cheating husband, she was widowed at a young age yet she maintained a peaceful existence in a mans [...]


    3. Warning-spoilers ahead.Darcie Chan is the poster child for struggling indie writers. Her debut novel, The Mill River Recluse, has logged a staggering half million downloads and maintains a four plus star rating on with close to nine hundred reviews. So it was with eagerness that I began The Mill River Recluse. The first part of the novel reads well. The writing doesn’t take many chances but that’s fine—a good story well told is a great thing. The characters are introduced in a revolving m [...]


    4. Well that's the best 99 cents I ever spent (kindle ebook). I've spent much more on books I've liked less. This has a little bit of everything, and is very original. Strong 4.5 rating from this reader. I just do not understand the other low ratings I've seen here. The town of Mill River seems like a character itself in this captivating tale of a widowed recluse who lives high on a hill in a marble castle-like home overlooking the town. This character-driven novel holds the readers attention well, [...]


    5. I downloaded a sample of this book after hearing about it on Len Edgerley's "The Kindle Chronicles" podcast. It's an excellent podcast and Len has an MFA so I just assumed he would only recommend good books. I am quite disappointed. The sample drew me in enough that I figured it was worth the .99 to download the book, but after reading it I have to sayI don't understand over 400 5-star reviews for this work.The characters are entirely 1-dimensional, either all-good or all-bad. Really no in-betwe [...]


    6. The only reason that I didn't give this book one star is because it didn't make me angry. I reserve the one star treatment for books that actually manage to evoke an emotional response (hate, disbelief, homicidal rage, etc.).I can't bring myself to hate this book because it bored me to tears. There was absolutely nothing original about the plot or characters. It wasn't believable nor were the characters relatable and frankly, the book served no purpose other than possibly to make the author cong [...]


    7. I think the author had a wonderfully soft, kind story to tell but she had to work way to hard to try and convince me that I should love her character, Mary, the town recluse. I never felt connected to Mary. Too much time was spent telling me that Mary was crying. Eventually I lost patience with her. As a reader I would have been better served if I'd been allowed to get into the character's thoughts. Mary was one dimentional and spent way too much time crying. Who knew there were so many varried [...]


    8. I've been a Kindle reader since the very beginning of the Kindle and ebook revolution. I try to read forty books a year, but that can be very expensive. EBooks are cheaper. But now the publishers are forcing up the price of ebooks (I saw one recently where the ebook was more expensive than the paperback! But that's a different subject.) The counter to more expensive ebooks is causing an even bigger revolution, and I don't think the publishers realize it yet. The book in question is a self publis [...]


    9. Disfigured by the blow of an abusive husband, and suffering her entire life with severe social anxiety disorder, the widow Mary McAllister spends almost sixty years secluded in a white marble mansion overlooking the town of Mill River, Vermont. Her links to the outside world are few: the mail, the media, an elderly priest with a guilty habit of pilfering spoons, and a bedroom window with a view of the town below.Most longtime residents of Mill River consider the marble house and its occupant pec [...]


    10. What a great lesson that this book instills.Don't judge! Throughout this book many people were not how they were perceived. I love the parallels the author made between many of the characters: Mary-Claudia and Patrick-Leroy. How different Mary's life would have been if she had met someone like Kyle. Favorite quote from the book"You cannot force someone to like you or love you, but you can make it difficult for others to dislike you by earning their respect and trust. And to do that, you must res [...]



    11. One hit wonder – like Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy So enthrallingly cheesy – like an episode of Little House on the Prairie. I read a lot of reviews, and some were rather harsh, most were gushing. One was even a little hostile, going as far as checking Darcy Chan’s work records. Green is an ugly color when worn with red. Yes, the story is so predictable and boring. Yes, the characters are cliché, the town is cliché and Daisy is very annoying. Darcy Chan created cardboard cut-out [...]


    12. The Mill River Recluse was one of those books that I put into that unexplained category of 'books that kept me reading due to intense curiosity, but that I didn't necessarily enjoy.' The story wasn't particularly deep or interesting, but there was a lot of foreshadowing and I kept wanting to know what happened next. There were a few twists and turns that kept me interested, but a book doesn't become interesting due to plot twists alone.Also, maybe I am just being a killjoy here, but I found to b [...]


    13. This book has quite a few bad reviews so I started reading with no real expectation of enjoying it. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised.The narrative moves backwards and forwards, between past and present, telling the story of an ordinary small town and, for the most part, the ordinary people who live there. It's a well written, easy read, with realistic characters that I enjoyed getting to know. There's nothing outstanding about the book, but I liked it a lot and was sorry when I fini [...]


    14. When I read the synopsis of this book I was expecting the normal, run of the mill contemporary fiction book. In fact, what Ms. Chan has given us in her first outing as an author is more than that. She has a wonderfully descriptive writing style that is easy to read. Her descriptions of living with Social Anxiety Disorder, everyday life in a small Vermont town, and the landscape of Vermont are spot on. The characters in the book are wonderfully developed. Most of them are flawed in some way. As M [...]


    15. In a word wonderful!Though I love literary fiction, I tend of avoid it because it connects to the melancholia inside me. But some books are just too irresistible to ignore. I made the mistake of downloading a sample of this book when I noticed the way it was shooting up the Kindle bestseller chart. Almost from the first word I knew that I had to buy the book. I lay in bed this morning and read it in one sittingblime! In a strange way The Mill River Recluse reminds me of one of my favourite albu [...]


    16. It is very nice once in a while to put all cynicism aside, and enjoy a feel-good novel that leaves you all warm inside. This is one such novel, with great characters you can deeply connect with and care about, with very clear separation between right and wrong, and with such old-fashioned values as friendship, loyalty, a sense of community, mutual support, and other lovely ideas we can now mostly dream about, but do not really experience in our everyday lives. Very engrossing and sweeping, I lov [...]


    17. I have to admit, I picked up this book 1) because it was free 2) because I'd heard about its popularity, 3) despite being a self-published book, the writing was solid enough it didn't make my eye twitch in the first 10 pages, and 4) I was thoroughly intrigued by the premise.IssuesYes, I have some serious issues with this book. Big ones. Serious ones.- It was way too freaking long. Wow. All I can say is description could have been cut in half and it *still* would have been too long. I started ski [...]


    18. I first saw this book advertised for sale for $.99 on "Pixel of Ink" which is a Kindle Blog that publishes all the near free book offers. The description looked intriguing and there were about 30 4-5 star ratings for the book on , so I downloaded the sample and found the first chapter to be extremely well written so I got it. The Mill River Recluse is Darcie Chan's first book. It is not yet in "print" and can only be read electronically (not sure if has the exclusive or not). The novel is a tal [...]


    19. Where I got the book: my sister read it and passed it on to me. She wasn't all that impressed.Whereas I would give this book about a 3.5, for the following reasons. A few years ago, when agents ruled the land and authors scuttled around under their feet unnoticed, there was a lot of advice going around about making your book easy to read for the poor dumb reader because, y'know, long words are difficult for us and distance us from the story. Chan evidently followed that advice, and lo and behold [...]


    20. Summary: Disfigured by the blow of an abusive husband, and suffering her entire life with severe social anxiety disorder, the widow Mary McAllister spends almost sixty years secluded in a white marble mansion overlooking the town of Mill River, Vermont. Her links to the outside world are few: the mail, the media, an elderly priest with a guilty habit of pilfering spoons, and a bedroom window with a view of the town below.I really enjoyed this book. Mary is a sympathetic character even though she [...]


    21. Who says you cannot judge a book by its cover? That's what I did with Darcie Chan's book, The Mill River Recluse, and I have not regretted it for an instant. As a result of purchasing and reading Darcie's book, I met two of the most beloved characters I've had the privilege of meeting in fiction, Michael and Mary. Furthermore, witnessing the friendship blossom between these two - spanning 60 years - was a reward, in and of itself.In case you have not read this book, I really must suggest you tak [...]


    22. This book is awful in every way. I can not fathom why it got anything but negative reviewsexcept for the fact that it seems depressed people seem to like depressing stories. The book is absurdis rich guy marries a weak-minded girl who was crushed by one terrible event, has no interests, no education, and absolutely nothing to offer except she looks good on his arm when he can coax her out of the house. Really? The book is boring to speak of actually happens. Teh book is depressingevery single un [...]


    23. If I hadn't been on maternity leave and bored I never would have finished this book. The characters are one-dimensional, uninteresting and predictable. A priest whose only vice is stealing spoons? Um, ok. The writing is laughably bad. Here's a favorite quote:"I feel like I'm in a food coma.""A what?" Claudia said, laughing, even though she'd heard him perfectly well. It was such a clever, funny description.The writer could use a lesson in showing, not telling.


    24. "I fell in love with this story, the author, the town, and the characters!"This mysterious mansion drew me in from the front cover, along with these intriguing characters, especially, Mary and Father O’Brien. Your heart goes out to this woman, living a sheltered life, yet able to touch so many lives with her goodwill, even in the next upcoming book (from the grave). Shifting back and forth from past to present, Chan takes us back to the era of the fifties and sixties. A time when options were [...]


    25. I don't think this book is as bad as some have rated it. It has its flaws, but overall I think it's a decent attempt for a first novel. As I read I kept thinking that the author could have benefited from the input of several critique groups I've participated in over the years. Never, not even in a fit (a phrase I enjoy for its imagery,) would I have gotten away with (1) having a character's physical description present itself through a look in the mirror or a reflection in a window - an obvious [...]


    26. The Mill River Recluse was a poorly written book. It was about a woman named Mary who was raped by her teacher in high school. This rape caused Mary to have social anxiety, she was deathly afraid of people. Then Patrick comes along and tries to cure her. When they first meet he talks about her like she is some kind of object. I hated the way the author had him thinking about Mary. It was like something out of erotica or of the like. But anyway Patrick ends up cheating on her and abusing her. He [...]


    27. I came across this book accidentally when browsing through the Kindle store for fiction and I'm so glad that I found it. It has a wonderful mix of ingredients - small town life, nostalgia, mystery, love, hate and crime - all blended together beautifully and I like the way that chapters switch between characters and also switch between the present and the past.Mary McAllister is the Mill River recluse, a woman who lives in her beautiful marble mansion and a woman surrounded by mystery. Her painfu [...]


    28. Wow. What an incredibly well-written novel. I can't believe this is only selling for $.99. The story is captivating. The pace is fantastic. The characters are intriguing, likable and realistically flawed. The story is about a woman who suffers from social anxiety disorder and refuses to leave her house. Her fear of people prevents her from having any real relationships in her life save a life-long friendship with a good-hearted but quirky priest and a spunky, potion-making, free-spirited woman w [...]


    29. I breezed through this charming book. I connected with the characters, who all had flaws, but were so real to me. I especially loved Conor, Mary's Grandfather, and Father O'Brien who truly loved,and cared for her. I would recommend this book for a sweet, easy read. Thank you to Judy Collins and for this wonderful give away!


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