“May those who love us, love us.
And for those who don’t love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if he cannot turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles,
So we may know them by their limping.”
Characters, Alex – Charli’s father and Adam – Charli’s boyfriend.
From Saving wishes – conversation between Alex and Charli when Alex feels that she is not going to fit in Adam’s world,
“You used to climb that big tree in the front yard and I’d have to spend an hour coaxing you down,” he said, smiling at the memory. “The conversation was always the same. I’d tell you to jump and you’d ask me if I’d catch you. Do you remember what I used to tell you?”
“Word for word”
“Every single time you jump, Charli, I will catch you,” I recited. His eyes drifted down again, pretending to look at the pile of photos, but he was smiling.
“I meant it. I’m always going to be there to catch you.”
From Second Hearts – conversation between Adam and Charli when talking about stars,
“How much of your childhood was spent trying to blow out the stars, Charli?” he asked.
I dropped my head, a little embarrassed by the admission I was about to make. “I used to try all the time. When I was little, Alex used to put me on his shoulders, telling me I’d have a better chance if I were closer to the sky. When there were no stars on overcast nights, he’d tell me that was because he’d already blown them out.”
Happened in my life..
என்ற அரை மணி நேர
நாம் இருக்கும் இடம் தேடி
நூறு அடி தூரம்
Don’t know who the writer is..Nice one!!!
Adam sat quiet and interested, listening to the tragic story of Mathilde and Eric.
“They had four little children and no money, so Eric worked very hard as a fisherman, sometimes for weeks on end. The family lived in dilapidated shack at the top of a cliff overlooking the bay. It was freezing in winter and unbearably hot in summer, but Mathilde refused to move to another house on lower ground.”
“Four kids, no money, ramshackle house. The woman must have been a glutton for punishment,” teased Adam, ticking off her troubles on his fingers.
“She loved that house because she could see Eric’s boat in the bay while he was out fishing. And because she was clever, he could see her too.It started with a lantern that she hung from the porch. It was a little flicker of light that he could see all night long from his boat. Mathilde told him that every time she thought of him while he was at sea, she’d attach a crystal bead to the lantern, making the light flicker just a little bit brighter. It was her way of sending him love. It was a long distance billet-doux.”
“I like that story,” Adam murmured.
“That’s not the end,” I said, shaking my head. “After a long fishing trip one winter, Eric never made it home.”
“Let me guess,” said a sarcastic voice from somewhere behind me. “The boat sank in rough seas and she never saw him again.”
I didn’t need to turn around to know it was Ryan. I straightened. Ryan dropped a stack of papers and joined us.
“I guess you’ll never know,” I told him.
“Pay no attention to him, Charli,” urged Adam. “Finish your tale.”
“There’s no need to finish it on my account,” said Ryan, checking the time on his watch.
“Trust me. You’re going to want to hear the end of the story,” insisted Adam. “If you don’t, it’s going to torture you for the rest of the day.”
Ryan squinted at me. “That probably would be one of your magical powers – stealing lucid thoughts.”
“Amongst others,” I said, pulling a face at him.
“Continue,” Ryan demanded.
I looked at Adam as I spoke, ignoring the evil brother as best I could. “Poor Mathilde was heartbroken.”
“Maybe he just wasn’t that into her and he took off with a mermaid or something,” suggested Ryan.
“Shut up,” scolded Adam.
I could feel my temper giving way but I continued. “Convinced he was still seeing the light from far out at sea, Mathilde continued attaching crystals every night. Eventually her children all grew up and left home, leaving Mathilde alone with her grief.”
“Did they ever go back and visit?” Ryan’s curious question floored me. I looked across at him, grinning as if I’d just accomplished something huge. His sheepish expression led me to think maybe I had.
“Not for years and years – long after Mathilde had died. The old shack was worse than ever, barely standing. But still hanging from the porch was the lantern with thousands of crystal beads hanging from it – every one of them representing a moment when she’d professed her love for Eric. It was a crystal billet-doux.”
I loved this book because it contained lots of morals about life and marriage. I am sure everyone has something in the book to link with their life. A lovely mother caring for her four wonderful daughters and has the heart to take care of the neighbor too.
Each character is well formed. Meg so soft but still wishing to be rich, Jo and her boyish character, Beth and her love for her family, Amy and her ambitions. Of course out of everything, the relationship between Laurie and Mrs. March family is the best.
Everything went fine until Jo rejects Laurie’s proposal. I did expect it but I couldn’t go on reading as I know that I wouldn’t be seeing them together in the end of the book. I stopped reading the book for two days (so silly of me!!). I again started reading the book, then came the another blow, Beth losing her life. I hated the Scarlet fever. And when Amy and Laurie got married, that’s where I totally hated them. I felt like they are cheating Jo though that was not the case. But I didn’t stop reading this time because I was so eager to know about Jo. And the ending was the happiest.
The characters made me feel like they are moving around with me when I read it and that is the reason I couldn’t move on when Jo didn’t accept Laurie. One of my loved character, dying!! It is all too much to take.
Anyways, it was a great read. If you see this book, try to grab and read immediately. You wouldn’t feel sorry.