After starting this book a few months ago and then never finishing it, I resolved to finally finish it today. Approximately five hours later, my eyes fell on the final words and it was over. Now comes the difficult part. How am I to express what I think of it? To say I have some mixed emotions would be like saying that the sun rises in the morning and sets at night.
I have always loved books that make me laugh out loud and this one certainly did. I was squirreled away in my basement bedroom for the five hours and there were many loud exclamations of laughter floating out my door over that time frame. The dialogue was VERY well-written and I found myself continually cheering on one character or another as they bantered amongst themselves.
I must admit that I foresaw the coupling of two particular characters right from the beginning. I mean no offense to the authoress if she didn’t mean it to be so, but it was about as plain as the nose on my face. What I did not see coming, was the way she kept them separated. I was in mental agony as the pages started to run out and I could foresee no resolution that would make my happy ending. There were many scribblings of Agh! in the margins.
I can’t say that I am completely satisfied with the ending. It was somewhat confusing and I didn’t fully understand it until I read a Q/A on the book’s Goodreads page. (Not that I completely understand it now.) I find myself fluctuating between adoring the book and wanting to pitch it across the room.
In the end, I don’t think it was time wasted, though. There were a couple of positive things that I gleaned during those five hours. First, this book speaks very highly of homeschooling and encouraging a more classical approach to education. It makes me yearn to continue learning as long as I am able and, if and when God chooses to give me children, to teach them as much as I can, as widely as I can.
Second, this book shows how important it is to be equally yoked. Enough said.
(Picture taken from Goodreads)